As I said, I’ve been working on Burdastyle’s Jan 2011 cover dress (Burdastyle 1-2011-108). I was immediately drawn to the collar, and indeed it’s a great design feature. And though the thought of making a bagazillion buttonholes in a knit was initially scary, they went in without issue through the aid of some lightweight fusible interfacing.
That is where the love ends for this dress. I fully lined it (beautifully I might add) because the knit was too sheer to go without. While the pattern certainly had enough ease despite it not being a pattern with a lining, it added far too much bulk in the final dress. This pattern needs more drape because you have to style it with a belt.
About that ease…it shouldn’t surprise me that a dress with this line drawing
would end up being shapeless and kind of nightgownesque right? Why do we forge on hoping for a better end? With all the bulk in the middle, this dress ends up feeling uncomfortably matronly on me. Perhaps a better belt would help…
But the worst by far is that the color of this dress makes my skin look positively jaundiced. You think you’re doing yourself a favor getting something close to your skin tone (hey, it’s neutral, it’ll go with everything!), but I think in that range, you have to be 100% right with the color or it kind of voids you out.
On the upside, it is the nicest finished wadder I’ve ever made.
My full review is here.