It's been a funny old week, and I've been feeling very far away from home. The wonderful thing about sewing though, is that you can turn on the machine, and tutu (that's Maori for "play around" ) and do something with your hands. It helps.
I wasn't feeling like tackling another pair of pants, and so this dress was born with the help of Burda.
Photo was taken on London Bridge after coming back from Occupy London. It was a good day, and it was great to hear the legendary David Harvey speak, as well as a literary critic Nicky Marsh on the language used to describe the financial sector & the current economic crisis, and the economist Ha-Joon Chang.
It was kind of windy that night, hence the crazy hair. And London was looking a little Gotham City-esque....
Anyway back to the dress. For those interested, It's Burda 122B from the July 2011 issue. Really just a basic elasticated dress with a slit in the front and forward facing shoulders. I did make some changes however. You can see from the line drawing that it has a drop waist - now I know from bitter experience drop waists are not flattering on me, so I raised the waist and at the same time shortened the slit considerably. I also ditched the pockets and arms bands and just used bias tape to finish (no other reason than pure laziness I'm afraid).
I did some lazy mirror photos today to try and get an image without something warm on. This is the best of the worst I'm afraid. And yes, that IS a Princess Diana pattern sitting in the corner!
Well, it's cute. What is it with burda and the crazy-low slits and necklines? They crack me up, mostly.
Love that plaid coat as well!
I'd try to make you fell less homesick. But probably it wouldn't work. Here's what I can say in Maori: ringa ringa.
SUPER handy. (ha. get it? 'handy'? That was totally unintentional.) Although now I guess I can say, 'you can 'tutu' with your 'ringa ringa' today.'
I am SO multilingual.