Modern Barkcloth

01-dress6I find nothing more inspirational than a gorgeous piece of fabric – the possibilities that can transform a flat material into a dimensional beauty is endless. That’s why when Rhonda (from Rhonda’s Creative Life) asked if I would be interested in sewing something from a barkcloth fabric panel, I jumped at the chance.

As soon as my fabric arrived I went to work deciding what my next creation should be… the word anything holds lots of prospects! The panel itself was 24 x 56″ wide, with the print running down the entire length of the material. That meant that most garments would need additional fabric to complete the look. Keeping this fact in mind and since I only had one panel, I knew that I had to carefully plan out my idea – so I did something I rarely do…. sketch out my ideas (don’t judge the drawing, I do not claim to be an artist):



The ‘winning look’ was a modern-looking, off-the-shoulder, lined dress that no only showcased the material best (I like how I could make it sprawl up the shoulder), but was also the most flattering because of the contrasting side panels. The winner? Burda 7514 (unfortunately it is currently out of print, but I have seen it for sale on eBay).

01-dress1aIt has been ages since I worked with a Burda pattern, but was happy to find that the fit is still as wonderful as ever – I only needed to make a few small tweaks in the bust and along the back for the best fit when working with the muslin.

For my final version, I opted for a black crepe material to use with the contrasting side panels and dress back – this was the closest in ‘texture’sheen and drape to the barkcloth panel. Overall this was a great pattern to work with, but it’s important to make sure that you reverse the pattern pieces when cutting out the lining (and watch your serger while sewing…. note to self, stop binge watching Netflix while sewing). Best of all, I love the end result – it’s totally ‘me’ and will be perfect to wear this spring when it (eventually) warms up. Too bad I didn’t have enough material left over to make a matching bag!

Be sure to stop by Rhonda’s on Monday where you can check out the other challenger used their panels and vote on your favorite finished garment.


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