Burda 10/2012 #118 - Cowl-neck Dress

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I’ve loved this dress since I first saw the pattern a few months ago. Several people have made this dress and that made me love it all the more. I made my version out of a gray wool suiting. It’s divine fabric. It has some body but is soft and drapey at the same time. I made a size 34 and it’s about a perfect fit. I had to take it in in the waist a titch but overall the fit is unaltered. 

 


(edited to add a better picture. This is how I wore it the other day at school when there was actually light! Light helps when you are taking pictures.
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This is a more fitted dress than I had imagined.
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You can see in this picture that the cowl sticks out a little. I made put a stitch or two in the cowl to “help” it hang better. I did what most other people did and changed the cutting layout so the cowl was on the bias and the skirt was on the straight grain.
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Overall, I’m very happy with it. It’s a great work dress; basic and classy. This photo is obviously lightened so you can see the details.
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I love these shoes.
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I didn’t  line it *gasp* and it’s wool. Personally, I love the warm feel of wool against my skin. Linings make me cold. Instead I pinked all the seams and used hem tape on the sleeves and skirt hem. I hand stitched the hem up using a cross stitch.
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This was a super easy dress to make. I started by tracing it out Friday morning and put the finishing hand stitches on this morning. I think it only took me a couple of hours.