Burda dress / jumpsuit
I was looking at some pictures of Abba, as one does, and was struck with the need for a jumpsuit. I found a Burda pattern that could have been straight from the seventies and then went to Fabricland, where my intentions for a plain coloured fabric were rudely pushed aside when I saw this sort of cavorting pineapple design, evoking summer, and pineapples.
I have often found Burda’s pattern instructions to be a bit enigmatic, so it was a little while before I had pieced together the halter bodice. I tried it on and while it fit fine, when I pictured the finished item, which has a lot of trouser, my mental image made me nervous. A lot of trouser. A lot of pineapple. Something’s got to give. I wasn’t quite brave enough to go the full fruit salad Abba so I decided to attach the bodice to a skirt instead. Still a lot of pineapple, but less startling on a sundress than on a jumpsuit.
Then I went back and got what I’d envisioned in the first place, a bright solid colour. I went for a red linen-cotton mix and I think you’ll agree the end result is just the right amount of startling. ‘Wow!’ rather than ‘What??’
I think the fabric works well - it’s not as wrinkle-prone as pure linen and has a bit more drape to it too. But it still has some subtle surface texture to it, which in my opinion makes the whole piece look a bit classier than it would in cotton or poly.
This is an occasion where sewing has expanded my style choices for the better - I really liked the shape / construction of the bodice with the wide waist section and then the bust / halter section is made of two long triangles. But, I don't think I would have bought something with this neckline in a shop and I certainly don't have anything else in my wardrobe quite so plunging. Having now seen it on me, I love it and may very well keep an eye out for more dramatic Vs.