Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Burda/Blumarine wrap dress


The last thing I need in my wardrobe right now is an animal print wrap dress, but I just couldn’t help myself! I’ve already traced 2 patterns from the June 2011 issue of Burda magazine, which was exciting after nearly a year of issues that didn’t thrill me.


Photos from style.com

I am a sucker for a sewing pattern that has a designer’s name attached to it, and the Blumarine wrap dress in the latest issue of Burda was no exception. The dress is from the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, which is full of soft color and animal prints.

I was even more excited once I realized that I already had the nearly perfect fabric for this dress (I am on a mission to sew up my stash - which is taking up precious real estate in a huge dresser in my daughter’s room (AKA my former sewing room – sigh…)). In 2009, I bought an animal print jersey during my vacay in Italy . Bingo – animal print Italian fabric to go with the Italian label dress!


Fabric
Rayon/lycra jersey (I think) from Bassetti Tessuti in Rome, Italy.


Notes on construction/alterations
I made my pre-pregnancy size 38, but I could have probably benefitted from a 40 in the waist and the hips.  Even though I'm back to my pre-baby weight on the scale, my measurements aren't there yet, a fact about which I'm still in denial.  The line drawing and runway dresses appear much more loose and drapey in fit than my dress does.

The Burda magazine instructions do not call for any interfacing at all in this dress, but I decided to apply interfacing to one side of the collar and one side of the front band.  The jersey I used is super soft, so I used Sew Exciting's Pro-Sheer Elegance, it's a barely-there fusible interfacing and was perfect for this project.  I also fused bias tape to the shoulder seams to prevent them from stretching out.


If you decide to interface the collar, it's important to use something that leaves the collar very soft and malleable.  The collar and the front band are both stitched to the bodice along the same stitching line, and the collar needs to be able to fold back over the front band.

The bell sleeves are fun, the perfect long length (on me, at least) as drafted, but they do have a tendency to slide and bunch up around your elbows if you lift your hand up (i.e. while sipping a cocktail, as one very well might be doing when wearing a dress like this).  In fact, while I wore this dress, I was thinking about the thumbholes that Trena added to her ballerina wrap sweater...



Conclusion
We had a babysitter booked for Saturday night, and I finished this just in time to be my date-night dress.  The v-neck of my dress isn't as low as me as it appears in the runway garments (all a matter of how much you cinch the dress I think), but I still needed a U plunge bra in order to not have to worry about exposed undergarments.  If I were to make this again, I would add some length to the skirt, since I personally think this would look best on me if it hit right at the knee.  And, I would love to raid Tany 's jewelry box for the perfect bling to accessorize this!

26 comments:

Trisha said...

Cute! I'm also a sucker for animal print fabric. I have a gray cheetah jersey in my stash that's waiting to be used.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a great dress! And it's so good to see you sewing for yourself again. I'm sure this made a perfect date night dress. But I hate to break it to you...those prebaby measurements are gone with the wind...something about hip bones shifting to allow wee ones into the world. Ummmm, they don't shift back...isn't that lousy! :)

cidell said...

How much do I lvoe to see you sewing again? The clothes for Baby L are too cute. I love the colors and the print you've picked for yourself. And, I am not an animal print person. Yes, I also liked the June 2011 Burda. It's been a minute since I've said that.

Lindsay T said...

You look hot! Well done.

Lisa said...

I am so exited to see you sewing again for yourself. I love that dress it looks great on you .

Marie said...

Fabulous dress. Lovely to see you sewing for you.

Where are you sewing now?

katherine h said...

Oh so fabulous! It is always fun to knock off the runway designers.

Wrap dresses are very versatile. You can dress them up for your date night...but you could equally wear this for daytime, perhaps with a camisole under so you don't need a plunge bra (and that fabric, gorgeous though it is, is not going to show all the marks that come from living with a baby). Sometimes, for daywear, I throw my wrap dresses on over jeans or trousers.

Vicki said...

So cute! I have just let my Burda subscription lapse and June will be the first issue I miss. Oh well!

HeathersSphere said...

You are looking ultra glamourous! I like your dress more than the Blumarine pictured in Burda. It's nice to see you sewing again.

Beth said...

You look lovely & the dress is great too.

Gail said...

Stunning dress - do you have a babysitter ready for the big night out!

Sewingelle said...

I'm so pleased to see this pattern reviewed and on a real body. You look fabulous in it.

ButtonMad said...

Thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog...and seeing pics of your sweetest baby...enjoy her...they grow up too quickly...warm greetings from south africa

Cherie said...

You're sewing for you - yay! So cute. The pieces you are making for baby L are too adorable. Lucky little one - she'll grow up so stylish!

cyberdaze said...

That's a very cool dress! Perfect fabric for the style. It looks great on you. I liked the June issue too, unusual for a summer one. What was the other one you traced?

Little Hunting Creek said...

Wonderful dress - it looks great on you!

mamafitz said...

fabulous dress! i just adore animal prints. also, i agree with carolyn, while i got back to my pre-pregnancy weight and even lost more, my shape was forever changed.

Jacqui said...

What a hot look for date night! It fits very nicely on you.

Olga said...

Yay! You are back to sewing for yourself, how awesome. I always love your posts and choices of patterns/fabrics. I actually have a couple of "wilder-than-normal-for-me" jersey prints in my stash, and I think I'll use them to make this dress now. Thank you so much for the interfacing/construction tips you posted, as well as sizing (I wear the same size as you too, so it's nice to see how a particular size fits on a person). So happy you are back!

KarenP said...

It's nice to see you sewing something for yourself! It must be a great feeling. I love your dress; perfect for date night!

lsaspacey said...

Woo hoo! Sewing for yourself again! Which also means I can again use my body double; you, (measurements only) to see what the items you make for yourself would look on me!

This one looks great! So, how do you fit in sewing with a new baby?

melissa said...

Fantastic! You look amazing in this and I'm so impressed with your turnaround time! I've barely had a chance to flip through this issue yet...

The Slapdash Sewist said...

So fabulous! The fabric and pattern really were meant for each other and I am betting it made for an excellent date night.

Maja said...

Fabulous dress! I like the animal print.

kirstenrana said...

Wonderful dress - and great advice on the interfacing. I have many jersey dresses in the near future as I also try to sew up my stash into summer dresses. I spend so much time on my bike now that I prefer the ease of jersey.

Anonymous said...

Nice work! I’m desperately trying to find this pattern but no success so far. I’ve lost my Burda magazine some haw…
Best regard Violetta