Remember the bundle of Burda Moden's I picked up recently? This is my version of Model 8107 from the July 1969 issue. I chose some sky blue stash-fabric-of-mysterious-composition to cut into, which is a bit cardboardy to be honest. This has it's advantages and disadvantages - the bow sits nicely:
...but the darts have a mind of their own! Burda chose a pink floral for their version - maybe I should whip up another in my new sheets?!
The back, for the record:
I'd rather the skirt was a bit longer, the unhemmed length felt perfect. The skirt is rather weird actually - shaped only with darts, two at front and one at back. Well my side isn't flat, and my abdomen doesn't need two darts! Now I look back at the magazine image, I wonder if the skirt isn't meant to be a slight bell shape,and I'm filling it out to it's capacity! I cut the size 38/40 - and I'm really a size bigger in the waist and hips.
Can you see those instructions - just a few lines! I didn't really use them, but I did search for ages through the pile of magazines trying to locate the just the right issue to check how they made the belt, and it said: "Make belt. Make bow and sew on" - helpful! I decided to make my belt fasten edge-to-edge with a couple of hooks and eyes, and the bow loop slides across to conceal them. It's quite nifty!
I'm planning on letting the hem down to it's max and giving it a false hem - but I need to find something suitable first. And I took some photos when I was hemming the pleat area - so expect another tutorial soon.