Burda Style cotton summer dress

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Summer’s not here yet but I live in hope. It’s been howling a gale all day – typical West Coast of Scotland weather – and good for nothing except staying indoors and taking photos. And working on my summer wardrobe of course. This is the poetically titled Dress with Gathered Rectangle Skirt and Cap Sleeves 02/2011 by Burda Style. According to the Burda Style website this is one of their most popular patterns and I’m not surprised as it’s an easy breezy summer style that has the perfect amount of vintage flair. In keeping with the vintage shape I used a cotton that I picked up in a charity shop . What a find! I scored 6 metres for about £3 so there’s plenty left to make the family some matching attire should I take a notion to pass us off as the Von Trapps.

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I muslined the bodice and based on that I cut a size 38 and did a 1.5 inch FBA. The neckline was a bit low for me so I raised it 2 inches. Other than that the fit is fine. Next time I will probably raise the waist seam an inch as it’s a tad low but nothing I can’t live with on this version. I also changed the zip to a centre back zip instead of the side zip that the pattern calls for. The only major style change is the skirt. I don’t think gathered skirts are the most flattering on me so I changed it to inverted pleats which I measured and then basted in place to check the distribution before committing with the machine.

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The bodice is lined and the skirt is underlined in plain black cotton to give it a bit of body since the fabric is quite lightweight. This makes the dress quite hefty and gives the skirt – and the pleats – a bit more definition which I think looks quite nice. Despite the weight I am hoping it will stand up to a hot summers day…though it may be a while before we get one of those in this land of eternal wind and rain!

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Mini Hudson Pants & A Refashioned T

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The boy never sits still. What 2 year old does? He prefers to jump around, climb furniture and roll on the floor so what better than a pair of Mini Hudson Pants to make his adventures more comfortable? These breeks by True Bias are the perfect mixture of style and wearability for any child. And adult in fact…I’m eyeing them up for myself too.

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As for the fabric… My eye was caught a while ago by some sweatshirts on a sale table in Zara. They were massive and shapeless, made from organic cotton and incredibly soft. I bought two – grey and navy – and to be honest they were quite hideous as ladies’ jumpers but I was sure there would be enough fabric in each one for some mini hudsons. I was right. I even used the neckband for the pocket bands and the sleeve cuffs for the leg cuffs…and there’s some fabric left over for a hat or gloves or whatever (but that can wait until next winter now). Lovely stuff! They were constructed almost entirely on the overlocker except for some zigzag stitching on the pocket bands and the waistband. I really love this pattern. The trousers are modern and stylish and the pieces come together really easily so I can see myself making many more pairs in the future.

I thought I had scored an absolute steal given that organic cotton sweatshirting is expensive but when I got them home and scrutinised the label it appears they were composed of about 30/40% organic cotton and the rest man made. So not as good as I thought. Anyway the fabric was still lovely to work with and the trousers are super-cool so I can’t complain.

The tshirt is a reworking of one of dad’s old ones using Ottobre Design 4/2014. It’s the same pattern I used here but with short sleeves. This is a great basic tshirt pattern and fits the boy really well. Enough said really.

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