I am so in love the with the July Burda mag! I found about 7 things I want to make. I started with the dress on the cover.
Photo from www.burdafashion.com
Fabric: I, too, succumbed to the recent Vera Wang Lavender Label fabric sale at Fabric.com. This is the purple poly/spandex jersey. It's a really nice fabric - a medium weight and feels 'slick', great drapiness.
Notes on construction/alterations:
I shortened the hem about 3 inches. Since the dress is so oversized, I think it looks best if it ends above the knee.
Um... I think that's it. I cut my usual 38. Construction is straightforward. I think it took me about a day of work (off and on). My hem is a little wavy, even though I applied fusible interfacing to the SA. I need to work on that.
One thing I'm not crazy about is the fact that, because of the cowl neck, the wrong side of the neckline is often exposed, so make sure you finish that nicely.
Also, it'll help to add a label, ribbon or some other marking to indicate which is the front and which is the back side of the garment. I wore this today when while I was out shopping and trying on clothes; having a label there was handy to quickly know which side was the back.
The cut outs don't stay perfectly in place on your shoulders, they kind of slide this way and that while you're wearing the dress, which takes some getting used to.
This fabric won't wrinkle so it'll be great for summer travel.