The pattern for this dress was the first one I bought (I tried my sewing machine and skills on free patterns before). It’s Dress 128 from BurdaStyle 01/2011
For the first one I used some dark grey synthetic fabric that looks a bit like denim. The instructions were easy to follow. I did some little alterations: I omitted the zipper, made the dress shorter and tighter and added a hook and eye to secure the back opening. Later I replaced it with a small snap button.
The second time I used this pattern for a refashion of a dress my boss gave me. It was left over from a shooting we did. The fabric is stretchy so I didn’t do the zipper and the bust darts. This time I secured the back with some stitches by hand. I can even wear it as an v-front dress 🙂
The third one was another refashion. I wanted to make a dress out of a t-shirt. Finally I ended up using the “V-back dress” pattern again because it has a plain front ( I didn’t want to have any pleats in the motif) This time I did short sleeves and a front panel with two different colors. I found a jersey at the fabric market that matched the red of the motif…at least almost.
I cut the smallest size with no seam allowance. Again no bust darts and no zipper. I even closed the back. I used an elastic stitch for the hem. So I can hop on my bike with no ripping sound.
The artist that made the t-shirt (Herr von Bias) liked my dress and even wrote about it on his website
Not only the artist liked this dress. I made it to the featured member projects on the front page of burdastyle.com
Do you have a favourite pattern that you used three times or even more often?