Hi, I’m pretty sure people don’t check back to see if there are replies to their comments (right?) so I thought I’d answer a few here.
Elaine wonders what the variations are for the system dresser in winter? While I can’t answer on behalf of Ms Fisher, I know that in winter I add another layer over my camisoles in the form of a long-sleeved knit top, and then wear a jacket/cardigan/pullover over that. I’m also thinking you’d replace the summer bottoms with similar but heavier – a lined wool skirt, lined wool trousers, and jeans would be my three.
Karen and Judith like the skirt! Thank you. Judith, I shall indeed be sewing 100,000 of these. It hardly uses any fabric so I think it will become my go-to skirt for Using Up Yardage. (A UUY skirt?) Karen, my claims of out-of-the-envelope sewing are completely true. The skirt is not bias cut but it is beautifully cut, which I didn’t expect. The front/back seams are not on the straight of grain, rather the straight of grain falls down the legs, so the centre seams are on a slight bias. I think this gives it a lovely drape, although it does make it slightly less fabric-efficient. You could use the pattern to cut it in the traditional way but I think the fall of the skirt is much nicer this way. Come to think of it, you could alter a traditional pattern’s grain to achieve the same effect, of course.
Karin remarks that she thinks adding seam allowances to Burda is a pain. Karin, check out the rotary-cutter guide arm I showed in this post. The post has lots of extraneous pictures, so here’s the key one again:
It fits on Olfa cutters only. Here’s a picture of the gadget,. Search for Olfa guide arm. About £3, as I recall, and well worth it.
I will be working hard this week as I have some consulting to do (hooray!). It is Super Secret (according to my employers) so I can’t tell you anything about it. Apart from it’s well-paid.