Posted on Sunday the 16th September 2018 by The Athenian Maker
Hi Minerva Crafters! This month's post I made a dress using the most beautiful and soft Fabric, it is a Tencel and Linen blend in a pretty lilac colour that unfortunately my camera could not catch the exact shade of it . This is the first time I'm touching and sewing a tencel fabric, from those of you that like I have no experience with this fabric, tencel is similar to viscose regarding that they both are made from bleached wood pulp but the process is different and tencel is considered a higher quality than viscose for various reasons that I will not mention now in this post.
This is such a soft fabric, it has a buttery feel with a fantastic drape and so easy to sew! The pattern I used is Burda 1/2016 #133. It is a shift dress with an open back and two piece sleeve.
A fairly easy dress to make, as always with Burda I did not read the instruction because, simply I was not in the mood of getting a head ache trying to understand them. The only point that I had some difficulty understanding how to do it was the back neck band but in the end I did my thing and figured it out. It helped a lot to actually wear the dress on my dress form and see how the pieces can go together in practice.
The only change I made was to not sew the back darts, this is a plus size pattern starting from size 44 and although I was somewhere in between 44 and 46 after measuring the pattern I decided to cut size 44 and I left the back darts open thinking that if after I had closed the dress and tried it on I feel it to be roomy and that the darts needed to be closed I would do it at that point. So after trying it I saw that fit was ok and that I didn't need to close those back darts.
What I like in this dress is the low back neckline as it makes it super easy to close and open the zipper plus it's a lovely design detail, the other thing that I love is the two piece sleeve that create a little slit opening. These little details are the reason why I like Burda patterns, they may have horrible instructions but they are well drafted and include interesting design details, definitely not appropriate for beginners but if you have made a few dresses than it is more easy to gain some confidence and try them.
For this dress I decided to sew the hems by hand, I still need to practice a lot with hand sewing to get that neat invisible result but although I'm not 100 percent happy with how it looks I'm accepting the fact that it needs time to learn and get perfect so for now I'm happy with how it looks and I look forward to find the chance and wear this dress!