For some reason I’ve made plenty of Burda World of Fashion patterns over the years, but I have never made up one of their envelope patterns. Another thing I never realized until yesterday is that Jo-Ann’s discounts Burda 40% every day just like the Big 4. Have I been living in some alternate sewing universe? These caught my eye yesterday while I was picking up the zipper for Abby’s Ralph Rucci gown which is about 90% done – yeah!
Both of the patterns are up next for me when we get back from ADA Nationals:
7658 reminds me of a simpler version of Vogue 1048, Ralph Rucci’s shirtwaist dress from last summer. I think both envelope photos of this dress look great, a crisp fabric works as well as a crinkled one. This is a great work dress, not too revealing but still good for hot weather. I’ll lower the hem to just below the knee and bring the buttons all the way down to the hem (why do they always end at crotch height?) This pattern has a more conventionally drafted bodice that lends itself to an FBA, and I recall a few people noting that making an FBA alteration to the Rucci dress was challenging.
Summer 2009 is the season of the Maxi Dress and I’ve been keen to find a pattern I like because I think this will be a one season trend. 7699 is just what I want, it’s a little more sporty than most and doesn’t have the spaghetti straps and empire waist of what I’ve seen in RTW; that’s a look that I can’t pull off. The front gather looks familiar; this detail has appeared pretty frequently this year on knit tops. We have an August family reunion in Mystic, Connecticut and this dress will be perfect; I’ll be able to make my maxi dress statement while this trend is still on the fashion radar.
Not sure what fabrics I’ll use; although I do have a nice pique in the stash that may work for 7658 and of course Ann has the best knits so lots of choices there!