Monday, 6 October 2008

BWOF June 2008 dress #118

Photo from Burda World of Fashion Magazine website

Continuing to work through BWOF June 2008, my next attempt is dress #118. This dress was reviewed by NancyWin back in July, and her dress looks lovely, cool and fresh. Unfortunately, when I made this dress, I was thinking "Nana's nightie" when I cut it out (admittedly, the fabric I chose for my trial version was originally purchased with summer nightwear in mind), and although I really enjoyed making this dress, with its interesting waist pleat and belt detail, and new-to-me machine finished shoulder lining method , when I put it on, the Nana's nightie feeling just would not go away.

I have been aware for about 25 years that gathers at the waist are not my most flattering look. I was hoping that the controlled gathers at the centre front in this very light voile would let me get away with it. I have chosen the above photo as the most flattering to my figure, because I am vain, but a more truthful photograph below shows you why I should not wear this style of dress. Frumpy comes to mind.
I had planned to convert the back tie into a belt with secret fastening under the waist pleat detail, as I know that bows at the back do nothing kind for me, but instead I have pinned this to a smaller size for my daughter.

Although she is slim, 13 and IMO gorgeous, I don't really think the dress shape looks fabulous on her either.
I will not be cutting out my luscious purple batiste from Gorgeous Fabrics just yet.
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1 comment:

a little sewing on the side said...

You are right- your daughter IS gorgeous. And I am siding with you on your opinions. I will say that you sewed the sress beautifully. Any issues are the fault of the dress, not the wearer!!