Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Burda Style Contortionist



I love a knit dress for summer and anything that can go from shoved into a suitcase to worn is always a holiday winner, whether it be for a camping trip or a grander destination.  Burda Style 2/2013, very aptly named Contortionist, fit the bill.

The perfect piece of knit, and I can't for the life of me remember the composition, had been in my stash for a while having been acquired at one of Cotura Fashions fabric sales.




I had my doubts about this dress while I was constructing it.  If you have been following me on Instagram, you would have seen my frustration with the lack of instructions and complicated origami to get this dress right, despite this being the feature pattern in this particular issue.   The only change I made was to add fish eye darts to the back to take into account my sway back.   I would have liked to avoid the seam up the centre front but due to the design, unfortunately, it is a necessary evil.  I have to say though, Burda did a great job with fit on this one and I really like it.  The colour of the fabric is really intense  and I certainly won't get lost in a crowd.




Going from winter to summer, this dress did exactly as I planned! A quick switcheroony in the aeroplane bathroom off the California coast and I was ready for summer.




This dress did not get a lot of wear on my trip due to footwear choices and blisters so sneakers became my norm.  



I did get a quickly snapped photo as worn on my phone but for this dress that is the best that I could do.  I went away with great intentions but my holiday got in the way of the outfit photos, as it should.

Incidentally, this is the fourth pattern I have made up from this issue of Burda Style.  All in all I have made 8 items of clothing from this issue.  For me that is a record!

11 comments:

  1. What great fabric! It is so colorful. This is a really great dress!

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    1. Thank you! The vibrant colours are what drew me to the fabric in the first place but when I made it up i started having second thoughts.

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  2. Well done persevering, the design and fit are very flattering on you. When Burdastyle does an interesting pattern, they do seem to do it well, if not a little confusingly for the sewer!

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    1. It is interesting, I have discovered only recently which styles work for me and which don't and I have blogging to thank for that!

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  3. Beautiful and vibrant summer dress.

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  4. I love a knit dress and this one is fabulous. You have got the fit spot on and your fabric is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you! I must say though, it isn't hard to get a knit dress fitting well.

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  5. So cute!!! I love the fabric...so pretty.

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  6. It is the perfect summer dress! I also love to wear something that can be worn straight from the suitcase! Won’t it look good if you wore a pair of canvass trainers? Love your post (like Kayla Green’s! website).

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  7. Oh I love a knit dress, they are the perfect travel wardrobe. Sneakers with a dress is the in look now so you would have been fine :) not that I've ever tried that style but I'm tempted. Yay, 8 new items from the one magazine that is good going.

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