DD1 is attending a 16th birthday party for one of her friends, and the dress code was “all in black”. Perfect excuse for making a new dress, right? Never mind that she’s never owned a little black dress.
She chose this style from Burda September 2014. It’s basically a strapless, boned bodice with a short-ish (21″) gathered dirndl skirt and a lace upper bodice. We went with black silk shantung and spider-web lace from stash. I muslined the bodice, and then used the adjusted muslin as the pattern and underlining for the silk. The cotton lining contains the spiral steel bones, which I fell-stitched to the bodice proper. I added a petersham waist stay, and an additional small stay across the top of the bodice behind the invisible zipper to facilitate zipping-up ease and prevent zipping up skin. The lace is bound in chiffon bias strips. I shortened the front upper lace bodice by about 2 inches. The left shoulder is fastened with a loop and button.The skirt is basically a rectangle gathered into the bodice. I lined it with bemberg, and finished the hem with purple lace. Mostly because I didn’t have any black lace.This was a 2-day project – crunch time, in terms of sewing hours. And there was a lot of hand sewing, mostly due to my personal choice of construction.I’m pleased with the fit. DD1 is dancing 20+ hours per week and is extremely fit these days, but I deliberately cut the bodice with about 1.5 inches (4cm) ease spread out over all 6 seams so she can wear this for a few years.
10 thoughts on “LBD: Burda 9/2014 #130”
Lovely dress & SO clever adding a little extra ease – I’m learning more & more how great an idea this is 🙂 That lace is so cool, too!
Gorgeous dress, that lace is really unusual and gives the dress a modern touch. Party dresses are so much fun to make, must get myself invited to more!
Stunning dress! I just love the lace you used. Your daughter looks spectacular.
Really lovely, both the dress and your daughter.
She looks good!
This is delightful. The spider web lace adds edginess, that I love!
What a stunner of a dress. The way that shantung gathers and gives all that volume – fabulous! I’m such a sucker for a defined waist and a voluminous skirt 🙂 I’ve started adding in ‘for posterity’ seam allowances these days – especially on evening wear. So much time goes into such a garment for rather infrequent wear!
Looks lovely, I particularly like the choice of spider web lace!