It has short sleeves and a rolled collar. For the fabric I chose a woven textured cotton with a raised design in solid red. You can see the fabric behind the pattern in the photo above. I’ve had the fabric and the pattern in my stash for years, the fabric was intended for another garment that never happened.
I was excited to try a Burda pattern because according to Burda, their patterns are cut for a B cup. The Big 4 (Butterick, McCall’s, Simplicity and Vogue) are all cut for a C cup. Sadly, I’m an A cup so the Big 4 (aptly named I might add) often require pattern fitting adjustments – which is something I have no expertise in. I was hoping the Burda line would be a better fit for me out of the envelope. Okay, the bust DID fit better than those busty big 4 but that’s about it.
Take a look at the results.
This is after taking several inches off each side of the center back. I’d say that if I were in need of a maternity dress this pattern would fit the bill. However maternity wasn’t quite the look I was going for. Perhaps I should have cut a size 12 instead of a 14 but the pleats in the front and back could still contain an advanced pregnancy or a tumor worthy of the Guinness Book of World Records. And at age 55 option two is the only possible one.
What to do? Well since I already inserted the zipper this amazing way I decided to sew a large tuck down each side of the center back and ended up with this.
Better than it was originally, but another reminder to: DO A MUSLIN FIRST!
Now what should I make for the letter C?