21 May Burda 7044 – Party Dress!
Nearly 10 years ago I invested in a ‘Chakra Portrait’. I visited with a Median who drew a pot of cascading flowers during our chat. It was nothing like I expected, and at the conclusion of our 90 minutes together I ask her to explain the drawing of my Chakra energies…..
It’s a color I rarely wear or gravitate towards, but now, seeing the color yellow, be it a daffodil, summer squash, yellow room or this gorgeous fabric reminds me of Marcy’s comment.
Greetings from Charleston’s Hotel Bennett, the South’s new grand and luxury hotel. We’re in town for a garden wedding reception at the William Aiken House, a lovely historic property in the center of Charleston.
Mood Fabrics’ Oscar de la Renta cotton and silk faille caught my eye which I immediately ordered. The distinctive ribbed texture, heavy weight and lovely sheen combined with the floral print spelled Garden Wedding Reception Dress to me!
I retrieved a pattern deep in my stash for the dress – Burda 7044. Now out of print, it is available on Etsy and Ebay.
The tailored one- inch ruffle sealed the deal for my pattern choice.
After making a quick muslin shell I cut out the pattern but was stumped by the assembly instructions of the ruffle facing, ruffle, overlay and underskirt. My shortcoming I’m sure.
To help me assemble the pieces I turned to the dress that started my blog – my one and only Valentino.
I discovered no ruffle facings were used. The ruffle was stitched, serged and pressed, and if it’s good enough for Valentino………. Knowing I need not apply the facings was such a relief which led me to chart my own course.
Since pictures can tell the story better than words……
I pieced together 200 inches of fabric for the ruffle and gathered the ruffle on a ruffler attachment.
Even though the dress is lined, I followed Burda’s instructions to finish the seam allowances on each piece which was well worth the time and effort.
My construction process of the overlay assembly looked like this:
- Dress front
- Dress front, topped with skirt overlay and dress front overlay basted together on the left and stitched to side front seam on the right to ruffle marking.
- Dress front overlay clipped at marking. Ruffle partially attached
- Full photo of #3
- Side seam attached. The ruffle is sewn into the side seam to the overlay curve where it then remains free.
It’s true, partially attaching the ruffle before sewing the back and side seams of the dress meant I the had to carry the ruffle around, however I was able to tweak the fit before completing its attachment. I shortened the length and reduced the sweep by 6 inches.
Many thanks to Mood Fabrics for the opportunity to sew on this luscious fabric, and cheers to the color YELLOW! May it illuminate your life with its cheerful presence 🙂