I've been eyeing this Burda dress (02-2008-124). The basic, simple design is right up my alley:
A few adjustments to make:
- eliminate the under-the-bust seam, as it is not a flattering look on me.
- make it a v-neck both front and back (Burda has a scoop front and a v back)
- maybe make it sleeveless... or keep the capsleeves?
- might go with a slight a-line if there's enough fabric (only have 2+ yards)
The time I spent making the basic sloper was definitely a worthy investment! Drafting and cutting the pattern pieces for this dress took only half an hour and I can be sure that it will fit. Burda's way of patterning would take at least twice as long for me, what with the multiple rounds of fitting and altering and all that fun stuff. I bowed to my sloper a few times after realizing how much time I'm saving. (Don't worry, JoanneM; I heed your advice and will still make a muslin.)
I recommend everybody to make their own sloper!
Oh, a side note... This fall is my last semester in graduate school (yay!) so I will be prioritizing school and finishing up the master's thesis (boo!). So, sewing will be intermittent in the next four months (boo again!). Come December, I will have my MsBA in Finance and get back to sewing (double yay - epic win! - even though this degree probably won't mean much nowadays).