Now that I (finally!) finished it, I'm pretty happy. I will say, first up, that I haven't got the sizing right. It's kind of loose across the back, waist and sleeves - not unwearably so, but not the perfect fit either.
I've always been borderline BurdaStyle size 42-44 up top. In reality, I think I'm a 40 who needs a Full Bust Adjustment. My rib cage is really narrow, and the extra boob space in this dress has kind of highlighted that fact. My butt is still huge though :-/
Pinning this dress wasn't the easiest. The polyester 'dry knit' is a little slippery, but not terribly so. I don't have any other outfits in this fabric, so I was worried it would be sweaty - but thankfully it isn't!
I used the pretend overlocking stitch for the seams that didn't need to stretch later. One day I'll buy a side-cutter for my sewing machine (when I stop spending all my money on cameras!!).
I was unsure about how to stop the neck from bagging out. I think the BurdaStyle instructions wanted me to bind it. The directions were so unclear that I decided to try something else. I used clear plastic elastic, and sewed with the twin needle over the top. It doesn't add any bulk, which I try to avoid in the boob region! So far, so good - it hasn't stretched.
So I pinned the elastic all around the neck line before sewing. I didn't stretch it at all, because I didn't want the neck to get all bunched up and weird.
How did I avoid the saggy boobs which the pattern tries to ensure? I just made all the gathering come to the neckline point - which is much the same place as the full-bust line. So in my case, what could have been a terrible case of 'saggy boob' became handy extra space for my bust! Woohoo! That never happens normally - I have to either do a FBA, squish the boobs in, or make an ill-fitting, too-large top.
This fabric is 100 times more outrageous than anything else I own. Though I think that's the advantage of making my own stuff. I buy the fabric because it's pretty, then figure out what the heck I will do with it! A few of my colleagues noted (in a complimentary way) that they liked the colourful look, so maybe I've been dressing wrong all these grey-black-denim years!!