Sewing jersey knits can be quite rewarding can’t it? Huge amount of wonderful prints to choose from, easy care with no ironing, super comfortable and if shaped right they can be really flattering on the body too. Whenever I make a jersey dress that works I keep thinking that I should a whole wardrobe with these. And as a print aficionado I don’t think any other fabric type offers the same range of colours and prints. The downside is that that rayon/lycra jersey (my personal favorite) don’t hold up as well, as say, a woven cotton fabric for instance. Another challenge when making knit dresses is to find the right pattern. Some sort of draping is always a bonus and the pattern shouldn’t require super tricky assembly techniques – having to rip up and redo an overlock seam is not my definition of fun.
This Burdastyle dress from issue 2/2013 ticks most of my boxes, except one. There is no way the facing can stay inside with the heavy neckline draping pulling it down, even with the understitching that is recommended in the instructions. As you can see in the photo, a bit of the facing is visible on the outside. Also as usual Burda drafts the neckline fairly deep, at least for someone like me who is on the shorter side. But all those are minor quibbles and I am very happy I tried this pattern.