When I received the February 2021 issue of Burda Style, I was immediately drawn to the pattern for this faux wrap dress. I have kept it in the back of my mind, until I found a suitable fabric. When I saw this printed rayon from The Fabric Shop in Otara, I told the teens to buy it for me as an early birthday present, so I could get it sewn up whilst still in lockdown.
Based on my hip and bust measurements, I made my usual size 38. I do feel I could have perhaps sized down for the skirt, because the there seemed to be an excess of fabric in the front. Because the fabric frayed easily, I used French seams where I could, including on the waistline. This was fortuitous, because it gave me a nice flat firm seam on the back, to sew a length of elastic onto, which helps pull the fabric to the back, instead of sliding around to the front. It's not a dress for lifting ones arms up high in, but perfectly suitable for wining and dining.
I had a few dilemmas over hem length, and after posting a question to my Instagram story, the general consensus was shorter than the pattern suggested, which I have done.
Overall, I am pleased with the dress, I have possibly lost some of the wrap and tie detailing because of the patterned fabric, but I think that this is a dress I can wear casually or for more dressy occasions.
Pattern details: Burda Style 101/022021
Fabric - rayon