Mr. Lina is sick, just a cold, sore throat, whatever. I left him to video games last night and thought I'd tackle the dress I mentioned yesterday, 118A (B being the shirt version). I pried back the staples and pulled the pattern pages out and started to unfold them. I had a Jaws moment.
My goodness those paper sheets are huge. I was already expecting a crazy eye chart of lines, but wow, that is really impressive. I don't like marking patterns directly, but I don't see how you can find the right line to trace without making it stand out more. So I got my highlighter out and was about to start when I realized I have no idea what size I am in Burda-land.
So I pulled out my measuring tape. This was not fun at all. I guess my belly was full of cabbage soup goodness, I am well aware I'm a little heavier than I was, but I had to check that waist measurement twice. It turns out it was crazy bloating because this morning my waist was 2 inches smaller. Crazy. I'm still not sure what the "best" size is for me because I'm all over the map and heading more to their plus sizes (but I want the regular size dress!) so I'll be adding generous seam allowances and a FBA.
I had my pink highlighter in hand, patters are opened to Page A as directed. I find piece 4. It's small. It's not suppose to be small. I find piece 3, it is also small, and is suppose to be small but it doesn't look quite like the layout diagram. Piece 1 and 2 are large so it's hard to see what the heck they DO look like until I've marked them in pink. I don't see the very distinctive V shapes that will create the single side gathers. The magazine refers to piece 1A and I don't see a 1A. I was very confused.
There is a shirt version (118B) of this dress (118A). Fehr Trade pointed out the difference in fabric between the "tweed" dress to the shirt. The shirt has a metallic quality to it and seems stiffer. So instead of a soft side gathers, it looks kind of wrinkled extra fabric at the waist. I also think it's a little tighter across the bust than what is ideal.
I find the fabric description of "techno gabardine" a bit amusing. Is it best used for light switch raves?
Anyhoo... back to the enormo-pattern sheet that just fits on the dining room table when folded into 4 so I only see Page A. I look up the shirt pattern in the book and it says that pieces are on Page B, not Page A. So I do a little origami to get page B facing up and sure enough, I see the V's, I only have one small piece, I have a sleeve, I have darts. But I'm not that trusting. I figure maybe there is something else wrong or a reason the shirt/dress are different, someone else has probably figured that out. Google to the rescue!
So I send a special thank you to Allison C who already made it up twice and confirmed the misprint. Doesn't she look awesome in this pinstriped version? I also learned that I'll need to be sure I pick a fabric that has a fairly dense weave because the front skirt ends up on the bias and it's causing her problems with the cranberry version.
I have also decided that since I have to piece 1 and 1A to make the front of the dress (and it's really wide), my usual tactic of using parchment paper isn't going to work so well. I like parchment paper, it's easy to see through and I don't have too many complaints about not folding or tearing, but it won't tape together well. One of my clients is near Ikea, I have read other people using their kids paper for tracing. Any thoughts?