Pattern: Burda 8123 Dress View A
Fabric: Lovely 1-meter fabric from the Tessuti remnant table. This was the first Tessuti fabric I bought back in 2008 at their now closed shop behind QVB. Not sure what the make of this fabric is, probably a mix of natural and synthetic fibers. But it sure feels luxe, so soft and comfortable.
Date made: mid-2010
Date first worn: mid-2010
Wear again? Yes, it doesn't need a press so it's good for when I'm rushing to work.
Sew again? It's a TnT (Tried and Tested). This is the third time I've used this pattern and I'm sure there will be a fourth one down the track.
Recommended? Yes, it's a great pattern for beginners.
Sizing and alterations: Probably a 6 with a narrow back adjustment.
Fabric prep: Yes. I love the fabric, and wanted to make sure I'd be able to wear what I make from it.
Cutting: My old way of eyeballing grain lines.
Marking: Probably with white tracing paper.
Instructions: Can't remember if instructions were good, but this is super easy to make.
Sewing: Since this is my third version of Burda 8123, I'm sure it went pretty well. I'm glad I used a TNT. If I'd used a new pattern, I might have botched this gorgeous fabric. I didn't line the dress, but I did face the neck and armscye with cotton voile. I had a fear that a synthetic lining would make it unwearable in the summer. Lining with cotton voile would've made stockings/tights cling. And I too cheap to splurge on silk linings. Yes, I was lazy, too.
I am embarrassed to admit that I didn't interface the linings and now they peek out from time to time. Need to do catchstitch again.
Conclusion: There's not much to say about this dress except how much I adore it! The length maybe a tad conservative, but I like that too.
Notes for future sewing:
- Use the right interfacing type and weight.