This is the first pattern from the very first WOF Burda that I purchased back in 1996. I have been collecting these magazines 0n and off ever since and have a book full case of them. The years that are missing reflect the busy working years and the time we lived in China when I could not access them, although I did pick up a few copies in German when we were travelling.
I have had the bottle green stretch crepe in my stash for a while, I have always liked the idea of having this dress and recently purchased these malachite earrings. I was actually looking for front doors and ended up at Rare Earth manufacturing jewellers. I like the diamond shape of the stones and Jenny created these beautiful earrings. They were the inspiration I needed.
This dress was the “Designer Pattern” by Ida Gut and is described as ‘a simple cut, calf length wrap dress’ . The back pieces wrap and tie at the front, the overlap makes walking easy. I traced size 42 and added 1cm SA. I have worked out the convenience of using all three machines. The overlocker is always up for the work; I set up one machine with a twin stretch needle and the other with a single stretch needle. This saves time re-setting the machine from twin to single needle.
To hem stretch garments I like to fold over the seam allowance and sew from the right side with a twin needle, however I am not good at it. The seam is often uneven or has ripples especially on the curves. To stabilise the hem and help stick it in place I used the Quilting Bias Tape Maker from SEWEASY . I am happy with the results, however it took a long time in a very hot sewing 35’C room to apply.
I am really happy with this dress and love its simplicity. I wore it out to Terrigal last night , we ate prawn pizza, rocket salad, all washed down with a glass of beer.
This is a great green dress.