Extravagant and artificial? The violet coloured dress

Burda 122-09-2010

So in an attempt to beat the freezing cold UK weather I bought some wool jerseys to make warm winter dresses. This is the first; a repeat of Burda 122-09-2010 made in a very stable violet coloured wool blend from Ditto Fabrics. I think I must have had about the last of it because it’s not on their website any more.

The colour is amazing. I’ve yet to get a photo that does it justice; they all come out too blue. In real life it is definitely violet, not a colour I normally wear. I was googling ‘violet’ in the hope of finding a clever post title, to be told by Wikipedia that ‘violet is the color most commonly associated with the extravagant, the individualist, ambiguity, the unconventional, and the artificial.’ Hmmm yeah.

The original pattern didn’t have sleeves. It’s hard to describe what it did have; the best I can do is ‘strange flaps over the shoulders’. At some point in the past, inspired by Melissa, I redrew the armscye on my tracing so that the sleeves from McCalls 2401 fitted onto it. Much better.

Here’s a back view. Sadly all the great seam detail in the pattern doesn’t really show up in these pictures. The front and back yoke seams show, but that’s because there’s an extra thickness of fabric there. I always cut the front and back yokes twice and use those as facings, sewing both layers in the yoke seams.
Burda 122-09-2010

This one’s a bit better for the seam detail. I’m told it’s going to go colder again next week so I think this is going to be getting a lot of wear in the near future. Never mind extravagant and artificial, this dress is definitely warm and cosy.

Burda 122-09-2010