The first two of the seven dresses I made. The fabric is a very old Linen, so old that survived in time to reach me, it belonged to my husband great grandparents and was one of the many fabrics they sold in their fabric store in Arraiolos (Alentejo, South Portugal). It passed through three generations to reach them and that, by itself, is enough to make this dresses so special.
The tone of pink is characteristic of that time and different from what we now see, it’s not a light pink or a pale baby pink. It’s a mixture of peach and pink, but it is beautiful. It’s lightweight but simultaneously has enought weight to keep it straight.
The pattern I used is from Portuguese Burda June Edition and I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. I still think that Burda patterns are more complicated then they needed to be, and therefore, I ended up not doing things as they were indicated in the pattern isntructions. In addition, the pattern size began in 104cm and I needed an 86cm and a 98cm pattern, as well as a 104cm and a 110cm, so I had to change the pattern to make it fit the smaller sizes. It didn’t turn out great as I made several mistakes tracing the pattern on paper, but they were all fixed an the fabric as I was sewing the parts.
The fabrics I used for the neckline and the bar came from the United States in the same parcel and were already waiting to be used for at least two years, but it seems they were made for this purpose.
My pattern overall impression is that this is an easy to make pattern but, if I was writing it, I would change some steps that are completely unnecessary. I do not know if they are there because that’s the “right” way of doing things or just because someone turn on the complicating machine, but my dresses are made with less effort and I think the best finishes.
And you? With that patterns do you usually work or wich ones do you prefer? Share your experiences in the comment box.