Here’s the orange balloon dress, Burda 106-05-2010 with some modifications. It really is that colour. I haven’t edited the photos at all. You can probably see it from space. Although rather to my surprise the comment I got most when wearing it at work was to ask if I’m advertising beer!
I am very pleased with it, especially the inseam pockets I added to the style. The dress is so puffy you can carry a lot of stuff without it showing.
The zip is bright blue. I was originally looking for a beige one but there were none to be had. Incidentally, why is it so difficult to get longer zips? Most dress patterns I own call for a 22″ zip but there’s very little choice in that length in the shops I have access to. Where does everyone else in the UK buy their zips?
I was persuaded to buy the blue zip on the grounds that if you have to have a colour that won’t fade into the background it had better actually go with orange.
I’m glad I did because Burda’s instructions leave the zipper tape exposed on the inside. I think the blue tape looks much better than beige would have done.
I don’t think the shoulder yokes add much to the style though. Maybe I should have topstitched them to make them more visible. The fit’s not perfect. I think the problem is that my FBA wasn’t quite enough so it’s a little tight around the chest. It shows more from the back. More detail about my fit alterations in my pattern review (link may not work for non-PR members for ever).
Not sure if I’ll make this again or not. At first I thought that I definitely only need one dress this shape, but it grew on me quite a bit after wearing it for a day. It’s very comfortable. Maybe if the right fabric comes along I’ll make another of these.
I am not cured of orange though. And if I can find some suitable cotton twill I have another orange dress in mind.