Normally when I decide what to sew, I start with a pattern. Well, in recent times, my fabric stash has grown out of control! I currently have fabric sitting on the floor b/c my closet is too stuffed to put it away. So…rather than starting with a pattern, getting my heart set on it and realizing that I didn’t have the perfect fabric, I decided to start with the fabric first. I chose this chevron fabric that I bought from Needle Nook Fabrics.
Yeah, I thought it was pretty gorgeous too! After I had the fabric picked out, I went on a pattern hunt. Ultimately, I decided on Burda 7062, but here’s some that were in the running.
To narrow the choices down, I went to Pattern Review and looked at how the dresses made up. Ultimately I wanted one that was 1. Work appropriate and 2. Flattering. Burda 7082 won on both counts. Here’s a pic of the pattern.
I really liked that this pattern had a pencil skirt and an A-line option in it. I like an A-line…but for work I just think a pencil skirt is more professional. For sizing, I used a 12, 14, 16 which matched my pear shape measurements. I decided to trace off the pattern because I like to preserve them in case I want to make them for someone else. While tracing it off, I noticed that my front straight skirt pattern piece didn’t have the dot marked on it for the gathers. I was bummed..I mean, I could fake it but I really like to follow the pattern when I can. Finally, I thought to look on the A line skirt piece and there it was! Yay! My world went back on it’s axis. 🙂
Rather than making up the chevron version first, I decided to make one in a green ITY to test out the pattern as a sort of wearable muslin. I did go ahead and make a forward shoulder adjustment and a swayback. As it was, it was pretty much perfect. After I sewed it up, I did need to remove some of the curve from the upper hip, and that’s completely common for me. Here are the finished dresses.
I like the green dress, but I really LOVE the chevron dress. The green one is very elegant, and there’s no doubting that it looks nice, but I just really feel like me in the Chevrons. I’m going to keep my eye out for more awesome prints and then I think I’ll make one more (I need to shop my stash first though).
All in all, this is a FANTASTIC dress. I feel like a million bucks wearing it (both versions).