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Casual Elizabeth. BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern Contest 2013

Added Feb 15, 2013

by Nuala McGold...

Glasgow, United ...






This dress is based on the Elizabeth pattern. I love dresses with a fitted bodice and full skirt as I think they work with my curves (which are slightly more enhanced than usual six months after having a baby!)

I’ve only recently discovered the joys of muslin-making. I shudder to think how much fabric I have wasted on previous projects so now I am embracing a more careful and considered approach to sewing. I am quite impatient by nature so this is a big deal for me but I feel it has already paid off in the fit that I’ve achieved with the bodice. It took three muslins to get one that I am happy with.

Changes i made…
+ raised the neckline and changed the square shape to a smooth curve
+ full bust adjustment
+ moved the zip from the side to the centre back
+ lined the bodice instead of using facings
+ used the entire width of the fabric bolt – 140cms or thereabouts – to get a fuller shape on the skirt
+ and, of course…pockets. Just because I love slouching around with my hands in my pockets.

I love that this dress is feminine and flouncy but is casual enough to be worn with flat boots for the perfect daytime look.

Material Notes

I made this dress using fabric that i picked up in a sale box in my local fabric shop for £1.99 a metre. It’s a polyester cotton mix and has a lovely drape and a nice sheen. I thought it would be perfect for a casual and breezy day dress to wear with chunky socks and boots.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Polyester

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    Feb 16, 2013, 03.36 AMby Abigail8

    I love everything about it……pretty….

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    Feb 15, 2013, 11.26 PMby Mary Athey

    Fab dress fit.and fabric,.good.luck x

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