Well, at the time, I said I’d definitely make a summery version, too, but then again, I often saw I’ll remake patterns and then I hardly ever do, so I can’t really blame you if you thought you’d never see this pattern again!
But you’d be wrong! This dress is just so stratospherically flattering and magical that I couldn’t resist making a summer version in pale pink and grey lace, even though it meant hours of hand basting the lace onto the knit during our French road trip. And then once I was home, fusing metres upon metres of vilene bias tape to the various curved seams so they wouldn’t ripple during wear.
All this before I even constructed a single seam, but you know what – it was totally worth it.
Even though the fabrics took a bunch of extra prepping, at least this time around my pattern was already exactly the way I wanted it! You can read all about the pattern alterations I made to “un-petite” this pattern back when I did them for the winter version. And as before, I also shortened the hem so this falls above the knee, my preferred length.
I was just reading in a fashion magazine this morning that instead of the usual “little black dress”, this season it’s all about “the little lace dress”! It appears I’m colliding with the catwalks, and for much less than the thousand pounds the magazine’s example dresses cost! In fact, the grey lace cost me €10 (and I’ve got a bunch leftover, too) when I bought it in Paris last summer, and the pink viscose jersey was £10 total from Ditto (and as you’d expect from them, it’s beautifully soft and supple). Ha!
I once again assert that this pattern is magical – not only does it do wonders for my figure, but it made the sun shine so warmly that I didn’t need tights! So yes, ladies, this dress is shown without any added influence of tights sucking me in, too!
I love the side view of the skirt, where the front curved seams all wrap around and stack up on top of each other.
There’s no side or centre back seams on this dress – instead, there’s an upper back yoke and a central back panel, and all the curved front seams wrap around to join that. This gives a really great back view to this dress, I’d be hard pressed to decide which is nicer to look at, the front or the back!
The only thing that bugs me about the winter version is that the neckline facings pop out despite my understitching and tacking at the shoulders. So this time around, I took the slower, hand stitched route of prickstitching the facings to the seam allowance, and then catchstitching the facings down at the CF, CB, and shoulder seams. The busy lace overlay means the odd stitch here or there really doesn’t show at all, and the facings stay put.
Even with the added time, I just love the look of the wide boatneck, it’s such a subtly sexy and underrated neckline…
Burda’s pattern is essentially sleeveless, but with some weird flaps that barely cover the shoulders and hang down, looking kinda weird. From the winter version, I discovered that the armscye was normal enough to substitute in any old sleeve, so for this version I wanted something more special than just your average short sleeve. I used the tulip sleeves here from Jalie 2608, which you saw on my plum top last month.
Finally, sometimes we end up moving around the moorings a bit before we find a suitable backdrop for that particular garment. This part was a bit too busy and the sunlight too dappled for the lace pattern to really standout, but I thought you might like to see the alternative view anyway.
I’m pleased to report that I got a lot of sewing done on my turquoise motif dress yesterday so its about 95% done and my mind is wandering onto the next project. I mentally need a quick knit top before I get stuck in on a big vintage dress pattern, so you’ll be seeing Lekala 4020 in my near future. I’ll post my order of construction in a bit if anyone fancies a wee sewalong…? Get your knits ready!
And FYI – an additional free Lekala pdf (equivalent to Burda’s size 44) is available for one month for all their patterns. So if you’re close to that size, go on and start downloading! I’m really liking their patterns and I’m keen to try some more this summer, too, like that awesome S dress (5975 – which I’ve already ordered in my custom measurements).