OK, “woes” might be overstating it a bit. But what’s going on with this muslin? This is the super popular Burda 2/2011 dress with gathered rectangle skirt and cap sleeves. I’ve been dying to make this for a while– I’ve been tempted by all the really cute versions of it floating on the internets by such cool doods as Marie, Reana Louise, Oona, and most recently, Suzanne.
This is a straight size… hmm, I have no idea what size it is. It’s the smallest size, whatever that is. I printed out and assembled the pattern last summer, and looking at it now, there don’t seem to be any markings indicating what size each cutting line denotes. Sigh… BurdaStyle, sometimes I wonder why I don’t make more of your patterns, and then I remember…
As you can see, there are some weird horizontal wrinkles under the bust (I get those a lot– any idea what causes that?). You can see my typically awful darts in action… ugh!
Let’s take a closer look at this atrocity:
From this perspective you can see that the neckline is gaping a bit, but the biggest issue seems to be the weird extra fabric running from the shoulder to the bust. I wasn’t sure how to remove this.
The back looks OK-ish. I think I can live with it. I might do the tiniest swayback alteration, as it looks like there might be a little bit of extra material back there. Hard to tell.
Any thoughts/suggestions? I have to say, I’m a little daunted by the alterations that need to be made here. I just don’t feel confident that I can fix them properly, and I’m really unsure about how to do the full lining (the Burda instructions are super hard to understand). But I love everyone’s versions of this dress so much that I really want to tough it out and finish this dress!