The February 2013 issue of Burda style is a cracker. It has so many beautiful things in it. The raglan sleeve top with shoulder gathers that is becoming a classic over on PR, some lovely jackets, caftan tops, classic pants. The list goes on. There is also a designer dress with some interesting draping.
Isn't it lovely. A vision of gorgeousness.
I had some poly knit that I had left at my daughter's that she had given back to me and I thought I would give it a quick go to see how it looked. I traced it off, cut it out.
The front pattern piece is certainly unusual as you can see. The instructions are convoluted as well. I must have read them over for about an hour on an off while eating breakfast and cleaning up. I would come back to them, go away, come back to them again. I got one sensible piece out of it which was 'Sew seam 2 on left front to seam 2 on front'. Ok. After that I gave up and looked at the photo and experimented with pins until I had a few 'aha' moments.
The neckline, which is a high slightly draped cowl is the curvy seam at the top right hand corner of the above photo. The left front (pictured) and the shoulder seam adjoining it become all the draping that hangs from the left shoulder. The pointy bit at the left waist at the bottom of seam between the two doubles back to join onto the slit at the other side after linings and waistbands and whatnot are sewn on.
I wasn't including linings or waistbands in this muslin, just trying to figure out the basic assembly. I sewed the front waist seam as one continuous line from the slot and over the point and continued on to the other edge and in doing so sewed the waist edge of the left front to the left front portion of the skirt.
Right Side, yes that's me, standing on a chair.
This is how it looked. I sort of got it figured out. The back of the dress is straightforward.
Then I tried it on and this is where the story ends. The style is interesting and the drape is original but instead of a present wrapped with a bow I looked like a sausage wrapped in bacon.
No photo folks.
I need to go make a t-shirt or something.
Edit: I found some reviews on the Russian Burda style site.This one looks good..belkair
If you go back a page you can see others.