Burn Out Dress
Posted on Monday the 9th March 2015 by Lady Sewalot
For my first Minerva Crafts project I wanted to do something that was moving towards spring whilst still being winter appropriate. I settled on the navy burn out cotton fabric so I could play with hiding bright colours underneath it, muting them a bit, but spicing the dress up more than if I put navy under the navy. I was hesitating about whether to put a burgundy or emerald underneath, but emerald cotton poplin fabric was definitely the right choice. It contrasts really nicely with the navy, whereas I think the burgundy would have been too dark and the contrast wouldn't have been so good.
I spent many a night wondering how I was going to finish my seams. I was very aware of the sheerness of parts of the fabric and wanted the neatest finish possible. The answer that I came up with was bias binding. I used masking tape to make out my strips, which is a great way of getting them all the same width. I repeated the same method to make bias binding from the emerald poplin. Now, I had a few difficulties with attaching said bias binding because i thought that I'd skip the ironing in half and half again stage. That was not a wise decision. Take note: bias binding is ironed in half and half again for a reason, and I made it really difficult for myself trying to attach it without doing that first! Thankfully a quick iron when it was all attached seemed to sort it out alright.
The neckline, armholes and hem were all finished with the self made bias binding. The underlining only needed bias binding for the hem. I didn't even think about pattern matching, but I really should have attempted it across the yoke. Never mind.
Looking at the back now, it's incredibly wrinkly so I'm going to have to make some adjustments to my bodice sloper. The skirt fits nicely though and the floral pattern on the back yoke looks fab!
And there you have it! Thanks very much for reading,