I finished this dress back in December, but only recently got around to taking photos of me wearing it. I was waiting for my lights and backdrop to be set up to take photos of this beautiful dress as we are in a deep freeze right now and there’s no chance I’ll be going outside for my photos!
I will admit, when I was looking at the style lines of this dress and seeing that it had an invisible zipper and is quite fitted….I was worried. This past year, I’ve tried to not let fear dictate what I can and can not sew. I do not let the words “beginner” “intermediate” or “advanced” decide whether or not I’m going to sew a particular garment. Rather, I find those terms give me a heads up as to what I might be dealing with when it comes to my sewing projects.
I was crazy to have feared this dress. The invisible zipper was actually easier than I was anticipating. Meg is an awesome teacher and I love learning from her. She walks you through absolutely everything in order to complete the assignments and pass the course.
This is such a beautiful dress and for me, the fit is spot on! For the Burda Style Teacher Certificate course, I was more focused on sewing the techniques properly rather than getting the fit right. So with all of my Burda Style assignments, I never made any alterations to the patterns. Some of the students did make changes to their garments to suit their style, but I decided to play it safe and complete the assignments as is. I’m actually surprised at the fit of this without any alterations, it works well for me.
The only one thing I’m not too crazy for is the gathers on the back bodice piece. There were several other students who did not favor the back gathers as well. One student actually modified the back piece and eliminated the gathers completely and I absolutely love the way her dress turned out. I think in the future, I’d love to make this dress again and eliminate the back gathers. I’ll need to do my research and figure out how to get rid of those gathers.
Other than the back, I’m very pleased with this dress. This dress is probably my most favorite make from the Burda Style Teaching Certificate course! If you want to learn how to sew, or if you’re looking for confirmation that your sewing right, this is such a great course for that. I will have a complete review on the course in the next coming weeks.
Techniques that were learned for this project were: how to install an invisible zipper, darts, gathering, neckline facing, and hand stitching. The hem, and the sleeve hems are all hand stitched in place. A bonus technique that we learned but were not graded on was the vent in the back of the skirt. For the neckline facing, take your time. There are 3 layers that you’ll be sewing together; the dress, the collar and the facing piece. Go slow, take your time and you’ll have a beautiful Peter Pan styled collar. The collar is probably my favorite element to this dress. There are so many varieties you can do with this collar. One classmate, McKell at McKell Makes added some beautiful beading detail to her collar. I absolutely loved that idea! Others used a contrasting fabric for the collar. There are lots of variations; you can do the bodice in a printed fabric and the skirt portion in a solid or vice versa. Let your imagination run wild with this one!
Thank you for taking the time to read about my dress for the Burda Style Teaching Certificate course. My review for the course will be posted within the next week or so, stayed tuned!
“In life I loved you dearly in death I love you still, in my heart I hold a place that only you can fill.” — Author Unknown