Outfit of the Week - Burda 7602 Knit Shift Dress

This week's outfit is Burda 7602 - a knit shift dress!  Here's what inspired the look:

 

Images from Atlantic-Pacific, Sincerely JulesSomething Navy, Cupcakes and Cashmere, and Cupcakes and Cashmere

 

There were a few patterns that I could have chosen for this look, but, in the end, I decided to go with Burda 7602.  It's a great shift dress pattern that's designed for medium-weight knits.  What do I like about it?  It's got a lot of interesting details: a lapped seam at the centre front, decorative top-stitching, and an optional large zippered-pocket on the front!  

 

 

Whether or not the pattern looks dressy or casual depends a lot on your fabric choice.  Done in a ponte di roma, I think that you'd end up with a smart-casual dress that would be great for work (if you work in an environment that requires smart-casual!) or for going out.  In a sweatshirting, you'd end up with a more casual dress that would be a great, comfy alternative to jeans.

Based on the inspiration images, here are my fabric recommendations.  First up, we have some of our ponte di romas.  Our Romola range of plain-coloured pontes is one of our best sellers.  They're quite weighty and very pill-resistant: a really nice ponte!  Shown below is Romola in grey and black.  We've also got a new black and white striped ponte di roma that's really nice.  If you make it in a striped ponte, you might want to avoid sewing the centre front seam (so you don't have to match the stripes across the front).  You can find out how to do this here.

 

For a more casual look, here are some of our sweatshirtings - our grey and black Steffi French terry and our cream light sweatshirting.  What's the difference between these two fabrics?  Well, you can kind of see it in the photos.  They both have a smooth face, but it's on the reverse side that they differ: French terry has a looped back, while sweatshirting has a fuzzy back.  

 

Earlier in the post, I mentioned that there were several alternatives that I had been considering.  I thought I'd mention these, as it was such a close-run contest!  One is Victory Patterns' very popular Lola dress, while the other is another Burda pattern.  Lola is more of a sweatshirt dress, while the Burda pattern is more formal.  They're both great patterns and definitely worth considering.  It was really hard to choose!

 

Further Details

Burda 7602
£5.85 (£5.27 until noon on Monday!)
Sizes: 8 to 20
Level: 2 (Burda's second difficulty level (of four))
Reviews: 3 reviews on PatternReview.com; all 3 are positive!
Similar patterns: Victory Patterns LolaBurda 7031

 

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February 26, 2016 by Amy Lloyd
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