I give you Burda 102 in a stretch cotton sateen. So let me just say straight up that this is very nice fabric and would probably look swell as a pair of pants. But as this dress....not so much
Burda 102 from issue 8/2012 which is also available as a PDF download from Burdastyle.
Amethyst Stretch Cotton from Gorgeous fabrics (Still in stock) It would make a beautiful pair of pants or a pencil skirt.
1. This pattern goes up to size 42, I'm a 42 on top but 2 sizes bigger on the bottom. To fix this I use the nested sizes to grade the bottom pieces up so that it fits me. I'll do a little how to on this next week cause pics need to be taken.
2. The armholes on this pattern seemed really big. Since the bodice needed to be shortened anyway because of my short torso I folded out 3/4" length across the bodice in the middle of the armhole.
4. Since this was fancy type of sleeve I didn't want to do a standard forward adjustment on the sleeve head. The high of the sleeve cap needed to be reduced due to the bodice change, so I used that to also adjust for the forward shoulder. Instead of folding out 3/4" evenly across the sleeve, I started with 3/4 at the back of the sleeve and increased it to 1 1/4" at the front of the sleeve.
6. Increased the dart intake on the back skirt an addition 3/8". Also took in the bodice princess line seam in the same amount.
1. This is a case where you have great fabric and a great pattern but they don't work that well together. I thought having a fabric with some body would be a good idea, but maybe this has too much body. Especially since I used it as a self lining for the bodice, which made it armor thick. Merche Martinez made her version up in a stretch wool crepe which seems to suit the design much better.
2. The pattern says, for stretch wovens only. No kidding! I can hardly get this on even though it is a stretch woven.
"You're making Another dress? What's up with those sleeves?"
My Final Thoughts