(My account is private, so I can’t link to it here… but here’s where Sewcialists reposted part of what I shared!)
I’m thrilled to say that they (ok, Meg behind the account) listened! Burda now has a new hashtag #burdastyleplus to connect curvy makers, and the account has been highlighting plus-size patterns and makers consistently in their feed and stories this week. They’ve also listened to the pleas of the @sewover50 crew, and shared more pictures featuring older women! They’ve put out a call for more monthly influencers, and I bet there will be a range of ages and sizes in the people picked. Representation matters, and it’s heartwarming to see if make a step forward in some way!
And also, it means that I can happily support Burda by sewing their patterns, like this (dare I say it?) sexy dress I just made!
This is a Burda Plus pattern from 04/17, which has really nice seam lines that are totally hidden by the print. I don’t care though – I feel great in it! I love that it covers bra straps but still has a cute off-the-shoulder feel. I shortened the bust at the shoulder, which I think means the cut-out shoulder isn’t as visible and large as it should be… but can we just take a moment to admire the fit with only that one adjustment?
Wait, I lied! I also raised the centre front V about an inch and a half. I only like low necklines on wrap dresses that sit firmly in place. I also added a folded waistband when I seamed the bodice and skirt together for a belt effect.
The fabric is a floral Liverpool knit from Cali Fabrics, which I received in return for blogging for Cali. I had fun styling the shoot as a “sewing date with myself” for Valentine’s Day, although I’m more likely to wear it to a wedding I’ll be attending in spring. I will definitely make this pattern again, perhaps with some colour blocking.
This is one of the first patterns where I actually added seam allowances! Normally if I’m just sewing something loose I’ll skip them, but with all the panels and curved pieces, I know I needed to do this properly. Thank you to everyone who gave me really clever suggestions on Instagram… and especially to the people who know me well and told me just to wing it as I cut out! Turned out that I can cut a 1cm seam allowance easily by lining up the edge of my rotary cutter with the pattern, but it definitely added a fair bit of time to getting the pattern ready!
So there, a #BurdaStylePlus success! Totally unseasonable, and all I want to sew right now is maxi sundresses… even though we’ve got two more months of snow! UGH. What are you sewing these days?