I added 1cm to the main body, top and the side panel pieces. The top panel piece I also made more rectangular. I seem to have made a mistake with the main body piece - so it was a bit shorter than I had wanted. The straps are about 33mm wide.
The fabric is needlecord which was left over from my Celebrate dress. The floral print cotton was a freebie that I got in my goody bag from Rachel’s meetup. I used it for the bag lining and the underside of the bag straps. I used stiff interfacing to give the bag body, so it retains it’s shape and isn’t floppy.
The construction of this bag is quite clever, especially the zip in the top panel. All the seams are finished as you go along. It’s a bit hard to explain, but if you look at the illustrations in the book - you will get a good idea. I decided to stitch the bag together from the outside, so I had to be extra neat (a bit like top-stitching). I think it turned out ok - it gives the bag seams a nice boxy shape.
This bag is quite roomy and I’m going to use it as a handbag. I’m glad that I could use up scraps and also found a use for the free floral fabric.
This is the first dress I’ve made that’s suitable for the autumn/winter season. I actually started planning this in the summer when I got the August 2012 edition of BurdaStyle magazine. I really liked the bodice - the pleats at the neckline and the long sleeves which has two darts at the top and is flared at the sleeve hem. The dress has a pencil skirt which is very elegant looking, but I decided against making it and went for a flared skirt instead. I don’t think pencil skirts look good on me, and I have to run for the train!
The adjustments I made were:
The needlecord is lovely to touch and has good body. But for the hem - to reduce bulk, I used bias binding to finish it off. The dress is quite formal looking, so I chose a yellow gingham bias binding to give it some ‘pop’ and to make it a bit fun as well. (Even if I’m the only one who knows it’s there.)
This dress will be worn over the holidays - to celebrate another year (nearly) over & looking with hope to the next.