Well hi! Look at me, participating in a challenge, and ON TIME! (I think?) Meg from Cookin’ and Craftin’ proposed the Sew Twists and Ties challenge at the end of December, and it has taken the sewing world by storm! I love it when someone comes up with just the right idea at the right time. If you aren’t following the tag on Instagram, you should – it’s a lovely selection of styles and fashion inspiration on every age and body shape!
Speaking of Meg… I GOT TO MEET HER!!! Meg and I worked for years as Curvy Sewing Collective Editors, and (clever me) I’ve now recruited her to be a Sewcialists editor! Meg is so nice, so smart, so hard working, and my constand style inspiration! She drove up from Vermont for Ottawa Frocktails, and my awesome sister Anne (in the floral velvet wrap dress I made last year) drove me up so we could all party! In the black Cashmerette Washington dress on the far right is Kate (@cookkat62) who is an instant kindred spirit. The sewing community is pretty damn great.
Now back to my twist and tie dress!
During the Christmas holidays, I treated myself to three Burda paper patterns, so that I could just cut them out and start sewing. (I wasn’t seeing well at the time, so it was a treat to skip printing and taping!) I’m really coming to love Burda patterns – they fit me really well if I do a petite adjustment above the bust, and I like that the styles are often a step above basic. This is Burda 6442. I’m just slightly out of the size range, so I cut an extra bit of width on front and back from the waist down.
Now, the pattern does say it has a deep v-neckline… see where I’m poking one finger into the knot on the lefthand picture? That’s where the V came down to as drafted!!!!! Nearly to my belly button. Luckily, the neckline has fabric folded back to make a built-in facing, so I sewed it up 8″ to make it decent for work!
I like to keep some cheap fabric in my stash for making muslins, and this is a perfect example. The print is kinda bonkers, but close enough to my style that I’ll wear it since it worked out! I might make this again in a classier fabric… It certainly looked lovely on my sister when she tried it on, but she would never wear this in her conservative office!
Finally, I’m loving my “sewist” necklace from Closet Case Patterns! Although now I kinda want a silver one that will match my new glasses better… Can I justify that?
Have you made a twist dress like this before? I’m always curious to see what the pattern pieces look like for different designs, and I’m happy to report this one was surprisingly easy to sew!