Burda 8123: The LBD

I am quite behind on blog posts as I finished a couple of new things last week. But like I mentioned before I am also trying to blog about stuff I completed last year but have yet to post. I wrote a quick post about this dress ages ago but never got around to taking a photo of it.

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.


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