Sewing Projects Burda 9564 a little Liberty party dress

Ever had one of those projects that just seems to hang around for months? This little dress is definitely one of those projects! I bought this pattern months ago during a 3 for $10 pattern sale at Spotlight, after having purchased the most perfectly pastel princess worthy Liberty on a whim during a trip to Tessuti Fabrics in Surry Hills. I purchased the ziper and buttons, even getting as far as tracing the pattern before promptly putting it all away in the draw in fear of destroying the whole thing whilst sewing the zip! That’s right I was terrified of a little zip! You see somehow I had managed to get this far on my sewing adventure without ever attempting a zipper. Though with Miss O’s Birthday fast approaching and my new to me vintage zipper foot in hand I had run out of excuses. The moment I saw this pattern I fell in love with its simplicity, it’s unfussed lines are the perfect match for this stunning Liberty print allowing it to be the star of the show. I made a few small changes to the pattern, firstly removing the sleeves which then led to redrafting the armscye, using a 20 cm zip over the recommended 30cm zip and finally by using a standard bias binding to bind the neck and armscye.  I love this little dress. And whilst I didn’t love sewing this pattern as much as an Oliver and S pattern, the results are stunning. Best of all I can see Miss O getting lots of wear out of this little dress, with both tights and a long sleeve shirt in winter as well as with sandles and a matching scrap busting sun hat in summer! Now to get back to planning the perfect Party, this kid has earned it.    

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