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My take on BWOF 05-2008-121

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Till now I've seen three versions of this dress: Tany made it, and on Patter Review there are reviews of Merteuil and Kay Y. All of them are lovely and from the first time I saw it, thought I would make it. I did have the fabric, that I intended for a dress from the moment I bought it and didn't want to leave it till next year.

In all reviews, the construction of the front was regarded as difficult.

I decided to trace the pattern and do it my way, because I had a similar experience with another BWOF dress last year.

What BWOF wants you to do is make the neckline and add the band over the front. What I did was take the part from the band off the pattern for front and back. I made the neck band completely separate and after it was finished attached it to the front and back. Let me show you what I did with the neckline.

IMG_2798 I joined the pattern pieces for front and back neckline at the shoulder, so that there would only be a center back seam.
The neckband is cut twice.

BTW: I made the neckline 3 cm higher, BWOF often is too low for convenient wearing without a camisole.
IMG_2799 One side interfaced with knit fusible interfacing (no black in my stash, white was only a bit left too, therefor the line on the shoulder), and sewed center back and center front of both the front and facing neckband.
IMG_2800 Center front sewed exactly till the seamline.
IMG_2801 Front and back neckband were sewn together, right sides together. Trim and clip as needed before turning.
I then topstitched the center front and neckline.
The neckband is ready.
IMG_2804 After sewing the shoulder seams (careful gathering is needed, as Kay Y mentioned in her review) the neckband was attached to the front and back.

To be continued... as is my I wear what I sew series. Today it was tan linen pants with a rtw white camisole and blouse.

Comments

  1. I can't wait to see your version. I love that white/tan/black print you have chosen! I wasn't too keen on this dress but each time I see a new version it makes me want to make it!!!

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  2. Your right, this is the easiest construction method for this kind of neckline. Thanks for showing it to us. And... I'm looking forward seeing the result - really like that print.

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  3. It looks great already. I'm looking forward to seeing it finished.

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