Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Just Breathe, and Cut

Wow, it is scary cutting into $27/yard fabric.

I made sure to double-check, a few times, that all seams were lined up properly and.... cut. 

My cutting board, aka guest bed, and pattern weights, aka coasters and office miscellany. 

I'm working in a Christmas party dress from Carolina Herrera sheer copper fabric using Burda 03/2010 # 104 (downloadable on the website).


It is difficult to photograph this fabric, which has an embossed copper floral design over black netting.




This shape of this dress is so basic, but I have never sewn with Burda before, and because I don't know my size in this brand, I spent a long time tweaking the fit of my muslin.  I generally wear a size 12bust/14 hip in the Big 4, and determined that I'm a Burda 36.   Burda patterns do not include seam allowances, and I decided to add a 5/8" allowance rather than a 3/8" allowance as the pattern calls for.

I dropped the bust point down just slightly, by 2/8"; anal, perhaps, but it's an alteration that's just too easy not to do: draw a box around the bust point, and drop it down the length you need (for ex., here's a 1/2 inch):


I also added  darts to the back to remove excess fabric in that area.  As you can see below, the inspiration dress has back darts as well.


I did this by placing a blouse pattern that has back darts onto the Burda pattern, and tracing its darts onto the dress pattern.  (Yes, this is an alteration, beginner's style!  But it worked.)


I'm hoping to finish the dress - and my Christmas shopping - this week in time for a party Saturday!

24 comments:

Sophia said...

Good luck with the dress. That fabric is gorgeous. I was admiring it at EmmaOneSock and am looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

Linda said...

Gorgeous fabric. Your idea of using a blouse pattern with back darts was a good one. I need to remember to do that. I look forward to seeing your completed dress.

Louise said...

Lovely fabric, look forward to seeing the finished article!

Peter said...

Exciting! Good to see you back at work.

Karin said...

That is some amazing fabric! Can't wait to see your results- it's gonna be great.

K.Line said...

Utterly gorgeous fabric and the cut of the dress is perfect for it.

senaSews said...

That dress will be a stunner! The fabric is gorgeous!

Darci said...

Stunning fabric will make an amazing dress! Can't wait to see the final dress!! So festive and fun!

Nancy said...

This is going to be amazing. Can't wait to see it when it's finished :)

MushyWear said...

Beautiful fabric. I think you picked a nice pattern to showcase it. I too am hoping to get a holiday dress done for an event this weekend. May it all go smoothly!

Eugenia said...

I know that feeling when cutting into expensive fabric! Yours looks lovely and I think the dress is going to be gorgeous!

SewingDragon said...

I can only imagine cutting fabric so expensive and hoping not to mess up. I saw $75 a yard Armani suiting fabric once in a store and just had to touch it. I couldn't even think about buying it, but would love to work up the confidence not to ruin fabric worth so much. Good luck with the dress and I"m sure it will turn out wonderfully. Remember to post the pics for the world to see.
Michelle

Sherry said...

Amazing fabric, it will look great in the simple style!
I get nervous cutting some of my clients gowns - the fabric is often imported especially for them and irreplaceable! I stand there for quite a while like an idiot, scissors in hand, biting my lip and going ah and um, double checking and triple checking, before I finally get the courage to cut!

Gail said...

Stunning fabric. You'll be alright as your pattern is simple. I find the more expensive the fabric the easier it is to sew.

Karen in VA said...

Beautiful fabric. I also saw it on Emma OneSock's website...Make sure you post pics when you're wearing it and all dolled up!!

Faye Lewis said...

I know what you mean about the stress of cutting expensive fabric - it will hold you back some. With every cut I'm seeing dollar signs. That is a lovely piece of fabric indeed.

Tasia said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous fabric! I know exactly what it's like cutting expensive fabric - totally nerve-wracking! Good luck finishing it up and can't wait to see you model it! :)

MvK said...

Love the fabric! And it's a great idea to combine it with a simple design! Looking forward to see the finished dress

amber said...

I am so excited for you!! Can't wait to see the completed dress. :)

Christine said...

I love that fabric! Can't wait to see the finished dress. It looks like it's going to be amazing.

Carolyn said...

Re the back darts, if it works then go for it! I often use this method too... and if you have a tried and true pattern that fits you well, it just makes good sense.
This fabric is stunning. I look forward to seeing the completed dress!

Vintage Girl said...

This is so cool! Go slow you will do great!

Valerie said...

Ah I also know that hold your breath and cut feeling. Your dress looks like it will be the perfect match of stunning fabric and simple pattern. I look forward to seeing it ...no pressure or anything! :)

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

I love the inspiration dress! Your copper fabric is fantastic and will look beautiful sewn up in that pattern.