Friday, 21 November 2014

Ink Splats Cut Out Dress

Hello Hello,

Its been over a year I know...  I haven't stopped sewing, in fact I've made lots of things that I am really pleased with and wear A LOT.  I've even taken some photos but somehow they haven't made it to here.  But yesterday I found myself at the beach in a relatively recent make, so here we are.

This is the hole back dress 116 from Burda Style 08/14.  I had this viscose that I had brought in Spotlight in the sale about 3 years ago and it had been waiting for a project with the required amount of drape.  Luckily I washed it before as it shrank LOTS and I had to do a bit of figuring out to get all the pattern pieces on.

I absolutely love the skirt on this, its full at the back and swishes about beautifully and blows in the wind but the front is shorter flattering length.  I am just not so sure about the bodice.  The neckline is a bit too square.  The shoulders give quite a nice cap sleeve type effect.  I decided to lengthen the bodice 5 cm as I prefer a slightly lower waist.  I should also have lowered the darts as they are almost exactly 5cm too high and create a bit of a pull across my upper bust.  Not sure I would lengthen it so much if I made it again as it sits strangely at the front but hey ho.  It also probably made the hole at the back smaller but that seems ok to me.

The other major excitement is that I discovered my machine's rolled hem foot and used it to sew the long hem.  It worked a treat and was really very easy and much much quicker than it would have been otherwise.  It made it a bit wavy (not sure how to adjust this) but that was perfect with the style of skirt.

Its not my most successful dress but it is easy to pull on and wear and has a nice summery relaxed feel.  I really love the fabric and would like to find some other nice printed rayon/viscose but have not found anything similar in spotty since.

The bodice is all a bit wrong but more than made up for by the skirt.

See you again a bit sooner!


  1. Yay, welcome back! This looks great, especially the skirt part as you say. The hemline is very pretty. If you got too fed up with the bodice, you could always chop it off and keep the lovely skirt. I like the cutout too. Keep blogging!

  2. Good to have you back! I've admired this dress on the Burda website, so it's lovely to see it sewn up. It looks gorgeous on you - a real quintessentially summery dress :)