This little dress is all thanks to Restash. That’s where I picked up Burda 9839, and the fabric!
This little Burda pattern appears to be out of print. It includes some singlet style tops, both regular length and cropped, and a one shouldered dress or cropped top. As is obvious, Stella chose the dress.
The pattern included the ruffled neckline option, which Stella was very keen on, so I scrabbled through my stash and found a soft lightweight knit in a coordinating colour. The pattern suggested organza for the ruffle, and using the knit did create some problems in supporting the neckline. Hence the addition of a shoulder strap!
There was no way that the dress was going to stay up comfortably without the strap. Actually, I think that even without the weight of the ruffle, a single shouldered dress is not going to sit in the right place on a pre-pubescent body. We also brought in the bodice side seams quite a bit in an attempt to improve the fit there.
Anyway, this dress was really made just as a bit of fun. The main fabric is fabulous – cotton/spandex knit with a cactus print! Hooray! There was just enough to sew the dress. It was very straightforward, as you’d expect from looking at it. Front and back and shoulder seam joined on overlocker, turn and stitch hems, add the ruffle. Then the additional shoulder strap. Sorted.
It’s rather fun taking blog photos of Stella. She puts on all sorts of poses! Anyway, with the weather cooling down now she’s not likely to get much more wear from this dress until the end of the year. I wonder if it will still fit her!