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27 May 2013

A solid-color version of Burda 02-2012-117

Here's another dress I've been wearing for a while now but hadn't blogged about.

Ever since I made my color-blocked version of the wonderfully geometric Burda 02-2012-117 I've wanted to make one in a solid color. Catherine Daze's version in particular looked wonderful in that daaaark shade of blue.

So I bought a heavy, super dark navy ponte knit and set about chasing my visions of solid sophistication.

What do you think?

If you thought "OMG, that is too much undifferentiated darkness!" I have to say I agree with you. :-)

I really must laugh at how I am constantly improving my sewing skills, constantly getting better at this or that technique, and still I find a way to make new mistakes! LOL!

In this case, the mistake was my deciding to topstitch all the seams. I usually love the definition that topstitching brings which is why I thought it would be a great idea for this dress. And if I may say so myself I did a pretty good job keeping this topstitching straight. But what I didn't expect is that in ponte knit the topstitching actually makes the seams less visible instead of more.

What I've now figured out is that seams in ponte knits are quite visible because the fabric doesn't lay perfectly flat. The shadows that are thus created are what make the seams so apparent. But of course, what the topstitching does is flatten the seams hence making them less visible. Why didn't I figure that out first? Oh, well!

As you can see, I added long sleeves so that I could wear it in winter. I used the sleeves from my TNT t-shirt pattern (which I will blog about one of these days) and modified the dress's armholes to fit the sleeves.

I still love the dress, I have to say. It is incredibly comfortable and in real life the seams are not really that invisible, really! :-) It's been in constant rotation as part of my work wardrobe.

Plus, I've figured out that it is the perfect background for my so-ugly-it-is-beautiful-again bat pin.

Well, what do you think?

Don't worry, you don't have to answer that one. LOL! :-)


  1. Even though the many seams don't show in the solid color fabric, you still achieved the great fit they provide. That is a very unique pin!

  2. Thanks Audrey, you are quite right, the great fit with unusual seams is the best feature of this dress. And that is definitely still there!

  3. En España nos perdimos este mes del Burda porque cambió de editorial. Y la verdad es que hay unos modelos preciosos, como el tuyo. Me parto de risa contigo. Que gracia tienes para contar las cosas!

    1. Hola Merche, oye quieres que te mande la Burda? Aqui tenemos todavia la de Junio en venta. Las instrucciones estan en Holandes, claro, pero es casi lo mismo que si estuvieran en Espaniol, con lo cripticas que son! Y lo que cuenta son los patrones. Tu dime y te la mando. Saludos!