Of course being from the Burda magazine it takes most of the time to get the pattern traced off, working out which lines to follow & which pieces are required from the crazy pattern sheets! But once I had got that done, this is a super, super easy make.
There are just 4 pieces- front, back and 2 armhole facing pieces. The front piece is a odd shape as it has the cowl neck plus pieces which wrap around the back to form a v neck down to the mid point of the back:
So you simply sew the sides together, put in a zip & do these darts. Its the first time I ve done dart/pleats like this and it won' t be the last, I loved them. They are like darts but you only sew the middle section like this, then at the top & bottom it looks like a pleat. I find it perfect on- it gives a nice fullness around the bust, pulls it in to give a good shape at the waist, then again has enough fullness to comfortably fit around the hips.
The most tricky bit I found on the dress was the neck line. For 2 reasons. Firstly I ignored the pattern and put the zip down the back instead of down the side as I always prefer back zips. But then I came to realise that this doesn't work with the back neck detail... Oh well, too late. Then, the pieces that fold down to complete the v down the back turned out to be too short. I guess I just didn't cut enough seam allowance on it - next time I d cut those sticky out bits much much longer, then trim to size when I m sewing as too big would be no problem, too short is a problem. Anyway as a compromise I did this: The back pieces fall short of meeting but I figured it looked ok & like a 'detail' to have it stopping a bit before the zip. The pieces are supposed to meet & be sewn together which would not have been an option anyway given I had put the zip there. So learning 1. follow pattern and put the side zip and 2. cut those v bits extra long.
Final job was just to do the armhole facing & the hem. And here is how it comes together. I really, really love it. Its difficult to photo in this print as you can't really see the detail too much but I do adore the fabric too- its from Fabric godmother.
Neck view back: