Photo from www.burdafashion.com
Cotton/silk shirting weight woven, it's produced by Robert Kaufman and I purchased it during PR Weekend in Portland in May. It's the same type of fabric that I used to make BWOF 6-2008-120 last summer. It is probably my favorite kind of fabric. It behaves so nice, like woven cottons do, but it's got a pretty sheen, and even a slightly sueded look when viewed at the right angle.
Notes on construction/alterations:
The shoulder seams are finished as flat fell seams so that when you roll up the sleeves, there's a nice clean finish inside.
Because I'm short-waisted, I moved all the shirring lines up by 5/8". I think even higher would have been fine too, for a very slight empire waist effect. Also, I followed Burda's button placement guide - I like how they grouped 3 buttons close together at the waist (but I just realized I forgot to move those up by 5/8" too - oops).
I have never tried shirring before, but I just fell in love with how it accents this otherwise simple dress, so I gave it a go.
Some sources I read say to do this by zig zagging over elastic thread, then you gather to the desired length and tie the ends. (This is the method that BWOF instructs you to use). Other sources say to wind the elastic thread tautly in the bobbin, and sew using a straight stitch. You may have a little less control of the final length this way. I did a couple of swatches of both methods and ended up using the elastic thread in the bobbin. I like how this looked better, and it gathered to the appropriate final width.
A few more changes in the interest of saving time:
1. I omitted the welt pockets
2. I finished the hem with 2 rows of topstitching (instead of a blind hand-stitch like I might normally do)
3. I stitched on the buttons using my sewing machine! I think I tried this feature when I first got my machine, and I don't know what took me so long to use it again. We'll see how long they stay put though.
I adore this dress - kind of 1950's feminine and sweet. Which is usually not my style, but this works for me. I highly recommend this dress.
Things will be quiet around here for the next week or so. I'm heading to Atlanta for work this week (this new dress is coming with me) and then next weekend will be spent in Las Vegas for a friend's birthday. I sent my sewing machine away for some much needed R&R at the "spa" (my SM dealer, where it's getting a tune up).