Knits are always good packers. Easy-care, not too many wrinkles and not too warm.
|Front view - must develop more decolletage|
This is the cowl-neck dress #106 from BurdaStyle's May, 2014 issue. I had this piece of red cotton knit from Backstitch, in Nevada City. I'd planned to use it for a dress or maxi skirt. Deanna, Backstitch's proprietress, had suggested the weight would be good for one or the other. I don't usually wear red, but, hey, when you're on vacation you should live a little, right?
It's a lot of red though.
The dress only has three pieces; back, front with cut-on cowl and sleeve. It should have been a snap to sew but once again I got stuck in the mental flypaper of the instructions. After scratching my brow for some time I turned to PatternReview.com, hoping some wiser mind than mine had worked this one through. I clicked my way to the super-helpful review by cabinbaby. She links to her blog post, where she explains very clearly how to put together the cowl in a much nicer way than Burda suggested. Plus, she helped me understand what the heck Burda was talking about in the first place. She is a lifesaver!
This dress is kind of outside my comfort level, but I'm thinking maybe for casino wear. We're going to spend one night in Las Vegas on the way back.
|Another front view - darn that neckline swings wide and low|
I may mess with the neckline some to bring it up a little. I think Burda imagined the dress on someone younger and with more décolletage than I possess.
Let's hope the red brings me luck at the tables!
My review is on PatternReview.com here: http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/99085
Can't figure out how to do a URL link on my iPad.....