#yearofthesleeve) has my attention. Flounce, bell, long or short, I can't resist this fun new detail.
The Burda pattern (Flounce Dress 12/2016 #107) turned out better than I thought it would. I was certain the pleat and flounce detailing would push my perfectionist button to the point of no return. It really taught me to slow down and take one step at a time. I was pleasantly pleased with the result. I used a beautiful crepe fabric from Mood Fabrics. The drape and weight is perfect and will make this dress fun and comfortable to wear. I did have issues with the pattern sleeves (as did another reviewer) and re-designed them to match the flounce detail. I also didn't want to add a zipper so I left a 5" opening and added a pearl button and thread loop. I think this detail is better than a zipper for this dress.
I can tell Butterick B5211 is going to be a favorite. It's a casual sheath dress with pockets and a few sleeve variations. I can see many different hacks to this pattern in the future. This dress was made with blue coral and oxford tan diamond printed polyester crepe from Mood Fabrics.
Again, I opted out of putting in a zipper and added a pearl button with thread loop. It makes the dress lighter and adds a delicate detail to the design. Also, zippers are time consuming and I never have enough in my supply. So, full disclosure, I was too lazy to run to he fabric store.
As for the sleeves...the stitching on the elastic hems were visible so I tucked and tacked them under for a more pronounced balloon effect. Add some funky wedge heels or strappy flats and this dress will go from dinner out to backyard party easily. Now, I just need an occasion to wear it.
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