I made this dress shortly after I finished my last shirt in the previous post. I needed a palate cleanser and this dress pattern looked easy. And it was! Super easy. It's basically a sack with a drawstring. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out although I'm not 100% about the long kimono sleeves. I might shorten them.
Pattern Description: Burda 6732. A sack dress with a drawstring casing around the waist and deep patch pockets. One version has long kimono sleeves and a v-neck and the other has a jewel neckline and sleeve bands.
Pattern Sizing: Burda sizes 36-46. I made a 42 but I think I'd size down to a 40 next go around. At least on the top half. I didn't really have any fit issues because again, it's a sack. The side seam/under arm seam could be closer to the body.
Fabric Used: I used a printed linen I found at Joann's. I picked it because I thought it was the right weight for this dress- not too lightweight but not too heavy either. And the printed pattern on it keeps it from being see-through. And I really love linen.
Alterations/Deviations: None! Absolutely none. Didn't mess with the length. I didn't even mess with the back neckline after all that fitting I've done on those shirts recently. The back neckline could use some minor adjustments ( I think I'll take a small dart in the back of the neck next time before cutting out fabric) but nothing I can't live with. The v-neck is done with a facing.
Likes/Dislikes: I like the v-neck. I love where the drawstring hits. And I love the deep patch pockets even if I didn't sew them perfectly. You can't tell in the busy print anyway.
Conclusion: Super easy, relaxed dress with some nice design features- the drawstring, the hem and the necklines. I made this dress as a casual dress I could wear to work when it gets warmer but I think it looks pretty dressy after all. I would love to try it again in a fabric with more drape. I have a rayon poplin in my stash that I have in mind. I am not entirely sure about the length of the sleeves. Next time, I think I'll try the version with the sleeve bands but I may still shorten the sleeves on this dress.
Cute dress! The neckline is very flattering. I do agree that it would probably look even nicer with shorter sleeves. And for all the crap-tastic fabrics at joanns, their linen selection is very nice!ReplyDelete
Yes, I always like to check out the linen selection at Joanns! And I think I'm definitely going to shorten the sleeves. The consensus seems to be that they need to be shorter!!Delete
The sleeves might also be nice with a gathered hem. Which could be cut off as easily as a flat hem if unsuccessful.....
I like the idea of a gathered sleeve! But I think the easy thing to do is chop em' off shorter, which is what I plan to do :)Delete
I think the sleeves would look cute either shorter and cuffed or loosely gathered but not puffy. Otherwise, dress is great!ReplyDelete
Very cute! I agree, I would shorten the sleeves. I love your fabric too!ReplyDelete
It looks like the perfect summer dress to me; easy, breezy and gloriously cool and comfortable. :)ReplyDelete
it's a lovely dress.. and i like the longer sleeves, maybe stick with them a little to see if they can grow on youReplyDelete
I too like the dress as is. It looks cool, pretty and comfortable. Great for warmer days.ReplyDelete
that's a fun shape! what if you split the sleeves on the seam instead of shortening them?ReplyDelete
I like this, light and airy perfect summer dress. The drawstring, neckline and sleeves give it shape and style without loosing that airyness. I love wearing linen too, scrummy.ReplyDelete
I love this Japanese style of dress. I have never seen a sack dress look so good! A nice and easy make.ReplyDelete