And, we have another installment of a garment made during the time I wasn't blogging...
I actually wore this dress to church yesterday, so I thought it would be a good time to snap a pic and blog about it. I have long loved this dress pattern that appeared in the August 2009 Burda Style magazine.
I just adore the shape of the dress. I really like the fabric that is used in the magazine, but I already have two dresses out of similar fabric, so I figured I didn't need a third. I just let the magazine sit and bake until I found the right fabric. Well, sometime last year fabric.com had a knit sale and I fell in love a purple leopard double knit. I love purple and I love leopard, so it was the perfect marriage. I was not sure what to make from it at the time, but I knew I had to have it. Then Jessica, at Green Apples, decided to make a sheath dress from it.
As soon as I read that, I knew immediately that I would make my long, loved Burda pattern from this fabric. A sheath dress from double knit had never crossed my mind.
I had never sewn a double knit until this one. I was kind of nervous, but after 12 years of sewing, I figured it was time. I read up on double knits. One of the best pieces of info I read is Gertie's Field Notes on Double Knits. The fact that I could treat a double knit virtually like a woven was helpful. This fabric has a little stretch to it, but not alot. I just plunged in and cut out my usual Burda size. This fabric sewed up easily and I did not have to make any alterations except that I omitted the zipper. Since there is a little stretch to the fabric, I decided to just pull the dress over my head. The dress is not lined so I wore a slip. I chose not to line it since I was working with a knit and I hardly ever line my knit dresses. I wore a black patent bow belt I bought a few months back from Forever 21 instead of making the one that comes with the pattern.
I LOVE this dress!!! Double knit fits very well. It is a little warm, though, because in deep south Alabama where I live, we have been having a winter heat wave. It was 74 yesterday and it supposed to be 78 later this week.
On my monitor, the purple is showing up kind of gray-ish, but it is really not. It is actually a very pretty shade of purple.
Speaking of Burda Style magazine, I let my subscription lapse over a year ago, but I am so impressed with the new February issue, that I am thinking of resubscribing. I will give them a couple of more issue, though, before I decide. Happy Sewing!!!