Bearing in mind that September is National Sewing Month, we decided to challenge ourselves with some apparel pieces these last few weeks. If you follow us on Instagram then you've likely caught a few sneak peeks of what we've been up to! I carefully selected three Burda Style designs that would take us out of our comfort zone, encouraging a few new skills. If you're like me and you've dabbled in simple patterns like the Wiksten Tank or the Staple Dress, then I hereby nominate you to try out any of these patterns!
The Paneled Mandarin Dress, the Elastic Waist Dress, and the Colorblock Dress all called out to me as having elegance and sophistication, but with the right fabrics they'd also offer great wearability both for work and play. And for those fabrics we looked no further than our selection of Knits, Rayon and Voile.
This endeavor serendipitously coincided with the release of some beautiful new lines from Free Spirit so we were excited to try out Amy Butler's new Glow Knit, Anna Maria Horner's Pretty Potent Rayon and Heather Bailey's Momentum Voile.
These fashion fabrics are a dream to work with. A beautiful drape and a gorgeous hand lend each of these fabrications to gorgeous apparel pieces.
The Peace Flower Knit had just the right amount of give for the Paneled Mandarin Dress, and the back zipper ensured a comfortably snug fit. This dress is a play on the ever popular bodycon look, which is great for directional prints like stripes, but also works for allover florals.
The high neckline makes for a conservative way to pull off a bold print on a body hugging dress. And the overlapping panels concurrently draw attention to the right curves, and draw the eye away from any unwanted ones - win/win!
Now I'm all a-Glow in my new knit dress with nowhere to go! (hint hint Charlie...) Oh, and yes, I can never pass up a pun, or a rhyme - win/win again for me! I suppose even if the hubs doesn't get the hint I know that I can wear this next Burda Style dress anytime, anywhere!
The Pretty Potent Rayon fits like a dream in this Elastic Waist Dress. Even with the heels I could easily have been wearing my pajamas, fully ready to cut fabric, unload freight deliveries, stock shelves, and stage seemingly complicated photo shoots in the one time Chocolate Factory that is our warehouse. In other words, I could have worn it all day long...and I'll wager it would remain wrinkle free!
This dress went together the quickest, and easily the simplest of the three. Again, the high neckline is classy and polished, and the Echinacea Rayon is bold but not overly vibrant, making it very wearable. I think my next one will be in this very bohemian Coordinates design, also from Anna Maria. You can take this look right into fall with a pair of leather boots, and a chunky sweater. With the cool weather and leaves already underfoot here in Upstate New York, I think I'll be doing that sooner rather than later. And the best part? It's got pockets! For someone who's always running cold, and always misplacing car keys, I always appreciate a dress with pockets.
With this next dress you can channel your inner Crowley sister - raise your hands my fellow Downton Abbey fans! The Colorblock Dress is a great choice for 1920's style enthusiasts. And, if you're like me and can never decide on just one fabric, this dress offers the cure for indecision. I chose three fabrics from Heather Bailey's new Momentum Voile. With it's retro charm and on trend palette of navy and mint, this one was fun to conceive.
These light and airy cottons make for the most luxurious pieces that only soften with use. The dress is sized to be loose fitting, as the flapper cut implies, so if you're looking for a more form fitting dress I'd size down a bit. The asymmetrical bit around the middle accentuates the drop waist, adding the illusion of a belt or a sash. That effect is carried into the side godet, giving this otherwise boxy style a nice touch of femininity.
I hope you're feeling inspired to get out of your comfort zone and add a few new pins to your cushion, as it were!
Leave us a comment, letting us know which dress suits your style and we'll select a reader at random for a spectacular prize!!!
We are giving away two 3 yd cuts of Momentum Rayon and two 3 yds cuts of Momentum Voile - that's 12 yards of fashion fabrics!!! We know Burda has many international fans so the giveaway is open to both domestic and international participants! We'll announce the winner in our next Newsletter this Thursday, so be sure to sign up and stay tuned!