We get great value from Burda at our house. There is generally a small squabble about who gets to read it first (I pull rank here). Generally my daughters pick out half a dozen patterns I should make for them.
This issue, 11-2010, arrived in December, at the start of Summer school holidays, and my younger daughter was very taken with the dress on the cover.
When she asked me to make it for her, I slyly said I would help her to make it. (It had taken me a full year to recover from helping her to make a pair of pyjama shorts). She agreed to this, and picked out her fabric, and that was as far as we got for a whole month.
Fortunately, clothes acquisitiveness was on my side. My daughter is visiting her grandmother for a few days, in Brisbane, and wanted something new and pretty to wear. I only had to put my foot down very gently for day one of the sewing. She traced, cut out, and sewed the bodice, lining, straps. She did a really good job, and seemed to enjoy it once she started. I was patting myself on the back a bit until day 2.
With only the skirt, zip and hem to go, she felt I should finish it off for her. I talked her out of most of this, but put in the zip for her I also did her unpicking when needed - anything for a sewing convert! She is very pleased with her dress, but at the dinner table reported to her grandmother and father that I had "forced" her to make the dress. This was not quite the result for which I was hoping.
The dress was a good project for a beginner.
1. She wanted it
2. She loved the fabric
3. There were only 3 pieces to trace out (we left out the pockets)
4. Although this is a 2 dot pattern, there is nothing hard about it - one set of darts, 14 straight seams, only one over gathering, one curved seam and a zipper.
5. Fitting was minimal due to the design of the dress and my daughter's shape - no shoulders, no sleeves, no fitting below the waist. (I took in the back bodice by about 5 cm whilst putting in the zip, otherwise she is a straight petite 34 - We did not raise the neckline, but as she is petite, no Burda cleavage problem for this dress)
I feel that now she can sew, she might take it up in her 30's. I don't anticipate any competition from this direction for my sewing machine just yet. :(.
Thank you to all the people who expressed concern about the flooding in Queensland. I do not live in one of the badly affected areas. You may have seen from my photographs that it has been raining a lot since before Christmas - every day. The flooding in our area is moderate - the bridge in the centre of town has been cut 5 times, which normally means no school, my children are a bit disappointed that it couldn't wait until term time (usually it is cut once a year or so). The highway to Brisbane has been cut off by floodwaters twice, but only for a few hours each time. The road we live on has been flooded at one end, which last happened 11 years ago. I am glad that we live on top of a very steep hill. I would like to send some rain to Carolyn in Perth, as we have enough! (Sewing is a good hobby for this sort of weather - the cyclist and the cricketer in the family are getting rather antsy)