This is a remake!
Burda 7783 modified
I've made this dress from left over material and the skirt part of an old dress, pictured below. Click this for my review of M6069. First I removed the skirt from the top. I unpicked the skirt sides then joined the two parts together top to bottom then recut it to become the back of the new dress. I had enough of the rose material to make the front and the sleeves.
M9069 was popular when I made it and I jumped on the bandwagon. I wore the dress several times and enjoyed it but it was hard to make it work, you know, so it had been in the 'I'll do something with it one day' pile for some time.
The thing is I knew that I can do cowl tops with straight skirts, or simple tops with gathered skirts, just not both at the same time but I was seduced by how knockout it had looked on other reviewers. Have any of you been there?
But back to the Burda pattern, which had been in my stash for a while too. I love the lines of this pattern, just not the pocket darts or the Star Trek neck or the eeny weeny gathered sleeves. I like the curved seams going into pockets and the raglan sleeve so I simplified it to keep these elements for the rose knit. The pattern is designed for wovens but is close fitting so I made it up in the size I would normally use instead of going down a size as is recommended when you go from a woven to a knit. I unpicked the skirt of M6069 joined the two parts together then recut it to become the back of the new dress.
The back is simply cut on the fold and without the darts. I placed the joining seam across the back matching the level where the pockets meet the sides.
I narrowed sleeves at the bicep, pinching the gathering out then lengthening them. I did a bound neckline from a doubled over strip of selvedge cut 6cm shorter than than finished circumference of the neckline.
What would I change? The weight and drape of the ITY knit makes the whole dress drop a little. If I made it again in a knit I would fold out about 4cm from the midline of the front and back pieces. BTW, I am short and this would be a mini on most people. I wouldn't mind making it in a woven if I come across the right material in the stash. I keep finding things I forgot I had!
Have a good weekend folks,