vacation dress

In the midst of packing for our trip, I decided that a quick knit dress to toss in my suitcase was really a necessity.  Because it was a last minute operation, I pulled this knit out of my deep stash.  This fabric is not really in my colors, but it feels lovely and it’s appropriately fun for a travel dress, so I was not sad to use it up.

I had this particular poly/rayon/lycra jersey available to me and I took it as an opportunity to try out Burdastyle 2-2013-114.

vacation dress

I like the front drape and it just looks fun and summery in the best possible of ways.

The dress comes together quite quickly, but the drape proves a little tricky.  You’ll want to use a fabric that has enough flow but not too much bulk.  My fabric was definitely on the edge.  It’s a bit like an ITY, with added rayon for a nice smooth hand, but it also has more spandex than a regular ITY, which adds weight.  I really had to tack down the drape on the inside pretty heavily into the facing.  If it wasn’t fitted, I’m afraid that it’d be rolling outwards.

The CF is significantly longer than the rest of the dress; at first I thought this was a fitting issue, but I realized that it’s because the drape will be folded to the inside.  A dress form is the perfect tool for doing this, but I do not have one.  Instead, I tried on the dress with the drape unstitched, and stood by a mirror folding the drape over the CF of the dress and towards the inside until the hem was level at CF.  Then I pinned it in place as best as I could and made tiny invisible stitches between the drape and onto the facing to tack it into place.

If I was a beachy, cruise-going sort instead of the pale, please pass the 100+ SPF please person that I am, I’d say that this is the perfect dress.  As such, my husband and I had a nice night out in NC together while the kids were with family, and I was glad to have something so carefree and easy to toss on.

My full review is here.

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  1. I was intrigued by the idea of this dress in the magazine, but I didn’t see how it could possibly have the side seam shaping shown in the line drawing with that front drape. But on you I see that somehow it magically works, presumably having to do with your tedious pinning and stitching of the front drape. It really is a flattering dress!

    • I will amend my review…the cool thing about this dress is that the drape adds no width.  It truly is just a drape and the side seam shaping is quite good and figure conscious.  I’m sure it could be folded out of the pattern entirely, and that actually might be a nice option as the bust gathers are a really pretty feature and it seems a shame that they should be concealed by the drape.


  2. It’s really lovely and looks like the perfect combo of dressy/casual (night out or at the beach).

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