I really like knit dresses, both for work and casual but good
patterns I find, are hard to come by. I stumbled across My Image Patterns which are similar in nature to Burda Style but I think more suited to the casual style which we tend to prefer here in New Zealand. I did a little Google research which I am prone to do, and for some reason they are not popular. Undeterred I ordered four magazines at $10 each which works out more economical than buying Burda at the bookshop. This dress, M1409 from issue Spring/Summer 2014 is my first
The fabric I chose was a lovely stable textured cotton lycra in a black and white stripe. I love this fabric so was a little nervous about wasting it.
According to my measurements I should be a size 36, so initially this is the pattern I drew up. After measuring my pieces though I realised I actually needed to make a size 38.
The instructions have a self faced drape cowl but from experience these always inevitably flip out so this feature was quickly changed to a fully lined front bodice. I did this with a piece of white cotton interlock from my stash. I also made binding for both the neck and armholes which was not part of the instructions but I felt gave a neater finish.
The bigger size in the end only needed running in at the armpits to create a perfect fit. I love my new dress and I would happily make up this style again in the future.