I posted a little while ago about a top and skirt that I thought made a good faux dress so I tried to duplicate it. I had bought 1.5m of fabric to make a top and realised after cutting out the top I could squeeze a skirt from the remainder of the fabric (as happened with the first version). I’ve had these cut out for a while but didn’t get around to sewing them until Sunday.
The top is Burda 05-2012-110 (made before here)
The skirt is Simplicity 2645
It’s a simple six-panel skirt, fully lined, with a side zip and no waistband. If you look closely you can see where I had to turn the two side back panels upside down on the fabric to fit it onto my remnant, but I don’t think it looks too strange.
The Burda pattern for the top was designed for a jersey, but I thought I’d see how it would work in a woven (a poly crepe-de-chine) cut on the bias. I now understand that I simply don’t like the way bias cut clothing feels on my body. If I look back at garments that I’ve made and then given away to charity shops I can see that a surprising amount of them were bias cut. This problem with bias cut garments only really occurred to me when I read this post on Lladybird’s blog where she says that bias cut garments feel weird – that’s when the lightbulb went on and I realised that I feel exactly the same way. Bias cut garments just feel weird – it’s like they are twisting when I wear them.
So, this skirt and top were supposed to create a faux dress
I like the idea of it, and think it looks pretty good on Dolly (although a bit too blousey in the side view), but it feels weird when I wear it. The skirt will definitely go into the wardrobe, but I’m not sure about the top as I don’t think I’m likely to wear it. I now have to find another top to wear with the skirt. The flash on my camera has lightened the colour somewhat – it’s actually a very dark navy, almost black, and cream, and I don’t think I own anything that will go with it.
I now have to rethink some of my future sewing plans because there are definitely some bias cut garments in there.
Something I forgot to say in my last post (the cherry print dress) – I know that a lot of sewists seem to find a dress or skirt of the length I made to be frumpy – and I simply don’t care . It’s a length I like to wear. I know my mum thinks I wear a lot of my skirts/dresses too long but I know what I feel comfortable in, and nearly ankle length is comfortable for me. I also like skirts above the knee – but only in the winter when I can wear tights to hide my fishbelly white legs! That is one of the pleasures of sewing – not being dictated to by fashion.
One last thing – Burda is apparently publishing a special issue in October (I read about it on Clio & Phineas) and I can’t find a way to order it in the UK. The website linked to via Clio & Phineas want $30 to send one here. So, if any of my readers are thinking of ordering it for themselves ($10 to the US) I was wondering if you would be willing to order an extra copy and then post it here to me in the UK. All costs will be repaid – Paypal would probably be easiest and, obviously, I’d pay enough so that the Paypal percentage would be covered. I know it’ll be less than $30!