Zig Zag Znake Dress

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I usually don´t care too much about season´s trends, I just sew and wear whatever I fancy at the moment. But occasionally I also seem to hit the current trends. The last surprise was an email alert from an online shoe store announcing that this autumn, animal prints and snake skin effect are back in fashion. This happened while I was basting snake skin piping to my new dress!

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 The pattern is McCall´s 6243, view C:

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This is the first time I gave up on insisting to cut size 12 (because this is what the size chart tells me on the Big Four patterns) and gave size 10 a try. I am happy that I did, because I didn´t have to take in nearly at all at the side seams and basically the dress fits me without any alterations. The only thing I changed, was adding the snake skin piping to the topstitched seams and omitting the exposed zipper, I used an invisible one instead.

The fabric for the dress is the same as I used for the Burda peplum top approximately a year ago, just in a different colour. I bought them together back then, indecisive what to do with the beige one. But after I saw the snake skin piping in Athens right before leaving in October 2012, I knew it was a perfect match.

As I have mentioned earlier, I will be off to Zurich for work in a few days and I decided I needed a dress that I could wear for the conference. I think it is appropriate, not too flashy but could also be worn for a drink in the evening.

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ImageAt first I was a bit scared to sew the piping, thinking that my sewing machine would find it difficult to handle, but I had absolutely no problems. However, I have no idea, how it will behave in wash.

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The brown leather shoes are a recent addition from Poland, where I found leather goods to be a lot cheaper in comparison to Estonia.

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The weather here in Estonia has been getting colder, but I am having hopes for a beautiful golden fall! I still have a few summer projects unfinished, lacking just a seam or two, I hope I will manage to show them before it would be too out of season!

Burda Easy Fashion S/S 2012 Dress

I always buy Burda Easy Fashion issues, although the patterns seem to get more and more basic over time. In the last, spring/summer 2012 issue, the 60´s inspired line drew my attention, since I have been wanting to make a simple dress in that style. At the same time I was looking for a tangerine shade fabric to make something, in my case, probably another dress. A good opportunity arose when:

1) I saw this dress in Burda Easy Fashion:


2) found this fabric at a newly opened fabric store in Tartu, giving a generous 40% off on everything:

It is 100% polyester and unfortunately so was the only matching shade of lining I was able to find. But thankfully in the end it feels ok on the skin.

The pattern was simple, but I made things a little more complicated for myself by adding a full lining, the sleeves being an exception. I also omitted the horizontal pleats, since my fabric wasn´t suitable for this. The dress is a tad tight around the chest, which in my case is something really rare. But generally I am happy with the result (not so much with the quality of this photo):

I cut my usual Burda size 38 and sewing this dress was pretty simple and straightforward. The pattern requires a slit and button closing on the back, but I used an invisible zipper, because the former seemed slightly childish and also because I had used the slit and button on the previous dress I made (I will make a post of this at some point). For the hem and sleeves I used a double needle to give a nice finish and a little bit of detail to the otherwise plain dress.

As I was putting the dress on in order to mark the hem, I just slipped into a random pair of shoes, which happened to be my greyish snake print peep toe  Nine West Getwitit wedges and they unexpectedly match the dress very nicely.