Here's my review at PR.
Thoughts not reflected in my review...
1. Would it kill Burda to illustrate just the toughest steps of a pattern? Skip the ugly home-dec-chair-cover-reindeer-head-seashell-wind-chime crap, and just give us a few black and white illustrations!!! I can usually make sense of the directions, but not this time. That front yoke piece was going great until it was time to attach the front center piece below it. Clip what? Start sewing where? Press in what direction? Once I pitched the magazine across the room and did it my own way, I felt much better.
2. I got distracted when I was tracing and cutting this pattern (TV, not kids) and forgot to leave a 1 1/4" hem allowance. With only 5/8" to work with, I stitched hem lace to it, and handstitched the top edge of the lace to the skirt.
3. I was afraid this fabric would unravel in my hands as I worked with it (Boucle makes me nervous), so I serged every free edge prior to construction. On the facings, I interfaced first, then serged the edges.
4. I'm getting faster with the BWOF's! I traced and cut the pattern after the kids went to bed Saturday, I serged the free edges Sunday after breakfast (30 min.), and did all the construction today (roughly 2-3 hours).
I was so very, very tempted to line this baby. But, this boucle from Gorgeous Fabrics is very dense on the back side, a tight weave that (I don't think) is going to get all stretchy-goofy on me.
Overall, I like it, and think it would look really cute in corduroy, with tights and boots...
Stopped into Joann's yesterday and grabbed some Butterick's for 99 cents.
So, next in the line-up is Little Miss Princess's "Twirly Dress", then it's onto the pleated top, which you all encouraged me to pursue! I have some coral linen in my stash (also from Gorgeous Fabrics) that I'm thinking will be great as a summer dress (top most pattern pictured above) to wear under the pleated top, and with other jackets.