My first BurdaStyle pattern! And no, it wasn’t a printable .pdf this time. On a recent trip to Cotonou, I found a bookstore with imported magazines and newspaper. The fact that I found a sewing magazine here in Benin just makes me realize just how different Benin is from Mali. It was the French version of BurdaStyle, but that works for me.
I chose this little black dress not necessarily because I really liked it, but because it was rated as easy. French isn’t my first language and I wanted to choose a simple pattern to learn the basic sewing vocabulary in French. Good thing I did, I had to stop and look up so many words: froncer, piquer, encolure, emmanchure, épingler, arrondis, ourlet… I’d hate to have had to learn these words with a more difficult pattern.
Another reason is that I wanted a simple tracing job too – this was my first time making something from a magazine, and well, I wouldn’t have been very motivated with tracing lines for a more complicated pattern.
The fabric I used was not double-sided, which is quite rare in Benin. It is also difficult to find solid colored fabric if you aren’t in Cotonou. I took full advantage of this opportunity to use the reverse side for the top, and the print side for the dress. I omitted the lining because it’s too hot here for a lining, and also I didn’t feel like learning how to do a lining in French. But I still wanted to do something for the top. But what?