(With special guest star Rowdy, the miniature Australian shepherd)
Last summer, I had been seeing several wrap dresses with vertical stripes and I bought this light blue/black striped knit fabric to make one up. Until IPM 2016, I’d been using mostly Burda patterns with decent results, so I picked this Wrap Dress with Sash pattern. I cut my usual size for Burda, a 42, and thought it would be a quick make.
Wrong. This pattern is a mess. It comes with extra unidentified parts, for one thing. For another, the sizing was totally off in comparison to other Burda garments I’ve made. I’m kicking myself for not having done a muslin – went straight to my good fabric based on past experience and the assumption that this would be a forgiving silhouette. I spent a week tweaking the shoulder/bodice area before I got too frustrated and left it in a pile for two more weeks.
I came back to it a couple of days ago to see if I had been overreacting, if I can make it work somehow. (You’re always your own worst critic, no?) I’m still disappointed in the final product, but I’d also like to put it to the community to see what others think!
I shouldn’t write off Burda because of this one bad experience. I’ve made a lot of good stuff using them. Though, I’ve been reflecting on different designers thanks to IPM, and I feel like indie patterns may be less prone to disaster because they seem like they’ve been, I don’t know…touched by human hands, I guess? It just seems like there is more thought put into them. I’ve had similar poor results from Simplicity and a few others, but not yet from an indie designer.
But maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about. Please feel free to weigh in. Also, please feel free to suggest ways to style this dress and make it wearable for a casual office environment! (A scarf, maybe? I’m not loving the high neckline, but I can’t change it without messing up the shoulders.)