Well , I finished my dress and it turned out really well but for some reason , I decided to leave out the yoke. I thought I'd prefer the neckline plain so I could wear necklaces but now I wish I had included the yoke ! Isn't that always the way ?
I sewed the facings as I explained it in this post on Diana's Sewing Lessons.
I do think the navy panels makes the dress slimming. I actually sewed the panels over the scuba knit and the fact that there is a double layer of fabric along the sides hides a multitude of flab. I cut the panels 3.5 " wide and if you want to know the method I used to sew them over the base fabric . please look here.
I had a lovely metal teeth zipper and I love how it looks . I think it really added a fashion forward touch to an otherwise simple dress.
I sewed the zipper from the inside so no stitching line shows and it really turned out great. I used a 1" strip of interfacing on each side. I calculated that since the closed teeth of the zipper measured 1/4 ", I could add 1/8 inch to the seam width on each side. I clipped the bottom of the seam to form two right angles to ft around the bottom of the zipper. (I hope that makes sense ). I then pinned and sewed from the wrong side using my zipper foot.
I hemmed using Steam -Seam and since I don't wear my dresses very much, I left it at that. If you use lots of steam and hold for 15 to 20 seconds, I find that S-a-S holds quite well.
I think that what I like best about this dress is that it fits me as perfectly as I'm ever going to get a fit.
It's my fourth time using this pattern and I want to experiment with changing the neckline next time.
FYI, I usually cut a size 12 in most patterns but usually add 1" to the sides ,just in case. I always make a full bust adjustment, a sway back adj. ,an upper round back adj., and a narrow and sloped shoulder adjustment . For this Burda pattern , I made all my adjustments except I didn't do an FBA. Instead, I tried using the French dart for Size 14 and that worked for me !
Do you find that happens to you that one pattern company fits you better than others. I want to try a Burda pants pattern next time to see if I'm on to something.
Next up, I want to sew something for Christmas but I don't know what yet. What are you sewing for the Holidays?
Happy sewing from