On the day before Christmas Eve I decided that I should sew something to wear on Christmas Day (ok I should have planned this earlier!). I searched for an easy pattern which hopefully can be sewn within a day. I chose this light cowl dress pattern (no. 123) from Burda’s 01/2013 magazine which can be made up as a dress or a blouse.
I used a Liberty Silk Satin fabric which I got from Goldhawk Road back in summer. It seems perfect as the dress version requires 1.5m of fabric only which is what I have with this silk print.
And here’s the finished blouse (it’s not a dress but I’ll explain later).
I cut everything to the dress length and followed the pattern instruction which is surprisingly clear. The front drape has a folded in facing which is sewn to the shoulder seams. Instead of using fusible stay tape as per the instructions, I used strips of selvedge as shoulder stay tapes. This gave a softer result compared to the fusible method.
The back neck edge is finished with a single folded bias binding and topstitching from the right side of the fabric.
I tried on the dress half-way and realised that the silk fabric tends to cling to my bottom, i.e. not a nice look at all so I cut off 10″ measured from the hem and left it as a blouse.
The hems are finished using the hairline hem method while the seam allowances are double stitched, pinked and hand over-casted so the seams remains soft and drapery.
To be honest I didn’t finish the garment for Christmas Day as I spent too long hand basting the seams before sewing but I managed to finish it before New Year’s Eve.
It’s an easy pattern to make and it can work with a soft wool crepe fabric as well. It’s also a good pattern to use up a metre of so fabric in the stash.