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.


Back, of wrap dress…wondering could it be worn both ways

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.


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