Space opera

Here’s the first fruit of the overlocker. It’s model 128 from the October 2010 Burda.



And here’s Burda’s version. I notice that the image file from the BurdaStyle website is named something along the lines of ‘Burda Star Wars’ so the science fiction effect is obviously intentional! Personally I think it’s more 1980s cyberpunk than Star Wars. I’m having a hard time thinking of anyone in Star Wars with a short skirt. Princess Leia’s gold bikini does not count.

The original version is made out of real leather and stretch gabardine, but mine’s pleather and a stable viscose jersey, which seemed to work pretty well. I ended up leaving out the centre back zip from the original and I can still just about get it on as the fabrics have quite a bit of stretch. I prefer the look of it without the zip. I’ve just realised I skipped the shoulder pads too. Clearly they aren’t all that vital.

I had lots of problems with the fit. I didn’t make a muslin and ended up having to unpick stitching on the pleather. Luckily I was taking in rather than letting out so the original stitching holes are hidden. The back still isn’t quite right but I think it’s as good as I can get without taking the whole dress to pieces and starting over.



I’m not entirely sure if this dress is going to get worn or not. It’s certainly not casual, and a bit over-the-top for work. Maybe in winter with opaque tights and boots? And accessorized with a blaster.



13 thoughts on “Space opera

  1. I think it’s more Star Trek than Star Wars and looks really cool on you, don’t think I could pull that off! Maybe you can wear it with tights to any winter formal events…

  2. It’s smashing, I love it. Definitely with tights and some awesome boots. I would definitely wear this out to dinner or a cocktail party. I’ll host, but you’ll have to come to NYC. πŸ˜‰

  3. This is fabulous – “space” outfits seem to be your thing and always look great. I need some long sleeve dresses once the weather cools off and I think this pattern will now be a contender!

  4. This looks great on you! I love this dress. I thought about giving it a try, but I was worried about fitting with the side insets. Sounds like my fears were right, but it looks so good on you I might have to reconsider!

  5. I really love this the dress on you. I’d definely wear it, but would add some coloured opaque tights to break up the black. It is a good fit and flattering shape.

  6. Wow that is once fierce dress! I can see why you’d need the right occasion to wear it – it wouldn’t be right to just wear a dress like that round your local Tesco.

    Or maybe it would, with the right space blaster?

  7. Oh this is so you! I really love this dress on you. I just love that you have “your look” and as I’m reading William Gibson right now, I can just picture you as Hollis, the ex-rock singer-turned journo investigating “locative art” installations. Keep up the adventure!

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