Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Three shades of grey.

First there was this:

Then there was this:

And now this:

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Seriously folks - how many grey dresses does one woman need?  Clearly, several.  Grey is my preferred neutral, and very versatile, so I consider it a great choice for dresses.  (And pretty much every other type of garment as well.)

This dress is made from one of the bridal patterns in Burda Style 03/12 (#104, available on the BurdaStyle website here.)  The previous grey dress was another bridal dress from the same issue!  I have long been using formalwear patterns for every day clothes, usually with few alterations other than to length and fabric selection.  For this dress that meant:

*Choosing a stretch woven with a matte appearance rather than lustrous silk.

*Shortening it.

*Adding the separate bodice panels back onto the skirt in the front, as that pointed waist seam did look a bit too bridal to me.  Fortunately that was a simple matter of tracing the skirt pattern, then lining up each bodice panel along the seam to trace before adding seam allowances.  The back waist seam has quite a bit of shaping in it, so to do the same for the back would have meant considerable manipulation of darts, which I didn't think was going to make any improvement to fit or appearance, so I happily left it.

*Adding more flare to the skirt.  I'm pretty hippy (ie, have a big bum) and A line skirts tend to suit me better than straight ones.  That was a simple matter of extending the side seam line from the hip in a straight line.

*And of course, pockets!  I like pockets!  These ones came from another Burda Style magazine, 03/09, #114 (which is a coat).  I like the way the folds echo the cowl.  Incidentally, I like the way a cowl in a woven fabric folds like this.  My wedding dress had the same thing.

*Since my dress is unlined I made a facing for the back neckline and armhole, but of course didn't think about how it would line up with the cowl section which forms the uppermost portion of the side seam of the front.  Doh!  So inside it looks like this:

On the other hand, I am pretty impressed that this is how my dart matching and zip alignment worked out along the back waist seam - on my first attempt! (Yes, I basted a couple of centimetres either side of the seam when attaching the second side of the zip.)

Laters, Baby.


  1. Grey is such a versatile neutral colour - love your 3 dresses! And I can see why you are so impressed with the dart and zip work - brilliant...

  2. I absolutely love this dress and how you altered it to make this dress suitable for everyday use. Thank-you for sharing this dress and I think I will give it a go for myself for summer. I have all the Burda magazines required and you wonderful instructions.

  3. Love your new dress. I find Burda wedding dresses are often tragically aweful as wedding dresses but fabulous patterns for other purposes. This is clearly no exception.

  4. This is a lovely dress. I must admit to having a thing for grey at the moment as well.

  5. I love grey too.
    And I've been eyeing of that wedding dress pattern.
    Thanks for helping me accept it could be a legitimate day dress!

  6. It looks fantastic on you - that neckline drapes so beautifully. So glad you don't let Dunedin's weather put you off sleeveless dresses when they come out so elegantly!