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dress for Ivanka´s wedding

Added May 12, 2011

by zranitelna

Berlin, Germany






My best friend Ivanka´s getting married next month and such an occasion calls for a new dress! Since my skin is very light (or more likely white – in czech we call someone who doesn´t get tanned “director of a limestone quarry”. So that´s me.) even in the summer I thought I need some full color to have a nice contrast to the skin. And than I saw this purple cotton-satin in the local fabric store. It was 1,2 m rest for half of the price. Enough for a dress with a pencil skirt. Few days after I found out they have another 2,5 m also for half of the price and I bought it too. So I went for a big skirt and a matching small handbag and still have the 1,2 m left for another dress maybe..
The pattern for the top of the dress is from Burda 3/2011 (Mod. 108). I changed it a little, so the back isn´t so low. It looks very 50ies/60ies like – full front and open back. The bodice is also a little bit longer than the original and it´s lined with the same fabric. A big skirt. And a handbag (the gloves are my grandma´s, maybe 50 or 60 years old). The dress looks just fantastic!

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Material Notes

2,5 purple cotton satin, invisible zipper




Garment Type

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    May 1, 2013, 10.58 AMby DrapedinCloudlets

    Wunderschön, Farbe und Schnitt sind einfach perfekt ♥

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    Mar 17, 2012, 08.07 PMby marlalalalere

    beautiful dress! And thanks for the sizings link….

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    Jul 11, 2011, 06.28 PMby zranitelna

    Thank you ladies, about the size.. I made size 36 as I always do (with this kind of skirt I don´t care about the hip measurements – only about the chest). I have 84 cm around my chest, 65 cm around the waist – so that´s a 36. The petite sizes are always 36/2 = 18 etc. So if you are a 34 you need to use size 17, if you are a 36 use 18 and so on. The same with sizes for tall girls – 34×2 = size 68 (if you are eur 34), 36 is 72 etc. I just found this great help:http://www.burdastyle.de/chameleon/outbox/public/6506295f-c2c9-ec4a-f434-c3af2f2c134d/Masstabelle_Damen_Herren.pdf

    all us and european sizes for both senoras and caballeros :)

    Also I always check the measures on the paper pattern before cutting the fabric – just check the waist, bust and hips on the front piece + the same on the back, everything x2 and your measurements should be less than that. With this dress I had a wrong size problem too – only that I unwillingly lost some weight between sewing and wearing it to the wedding so the dress was a little bigger for me.

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    May 27, 2011, 02.54 AMby 1270lauren

    I am a little confused by the size… I am a size 2 – should I use the “17”… is this for petite?

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      Jul 11, 2011, 02.49 PMby hannnc

      I don’t know what to do either. I just made the second smallest size but it is too small for me :(

      What size did you use zranitelna? Any advice? Yours looks lovely.

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    May 13, 2011, 06.53 PMby kihli

    I totally agree – fantastic dress!

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    May 13, 2011, 02.22 PMby bjr99

    Such a beautiful dress! Love the style and the color. Enjoy wearing it!!

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    May 13, 2011, 05.00 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    look at this elegant and stylish dress! wonderful choosen material and color and your finish on the dress is top! really a great dress that suits you so well. have fun at the wedding!!

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    May 13, 2011, 02.53 AMby runningwithscissors1

    A beautiful colour and a lovely dress!
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    May 12, 2011, 09.20 PMby omgdora

    Heh, I used the same Burda pattern and the same fabric (purple cotton sateen) to make a dress to wear to a friend’s wedding. Mine is not as pretty as yours but since it was my first time making a dress, I’m happy with it :-)

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      May 12, 2011, 09.36 PMby zranitelna

      :) I guess I coppied your idea then. Ok, I have to correct: This dress is based on omgdora´s purple dress for a friend´s wedding. ;)))
      Thank you for the compliment and for the idea too, of course!

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    May 12, 2011, 09.07 PMby janul

    lovely, great job!

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    May 12, 2011, 06.03 PMby anneecharri

    gorgeous, lovely colour

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    May 12, 2011, 05.51 PMby Timea Schmidt

    Nice fit, beautiful color! Well done:)

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    May 12, 2011, 05.29 PMby juliapuuf

    I love the colour and all! I’ve been thinking of making almost same kind of dress (:

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    May 12, 2011, 04.35 PMby turtlegirl00

    this is beautiful! Great job!

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    May 12, 2011, 04.20 PMby bennomusik

    Such a pretty neckline! It looks like the perfect dress to wear to a wedding.

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    May 12, 2011, 03.08 PMby Lucha Suarez

    Very pretty! I love this purple and the clutch and gloves will look so chic!

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    May 12, 2011, 03.07 PMby janene

    Amazing colour and lovely style. Great matching bag too. Hope you don’t upstage the bride! ;-)

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      May 12, 2011, 07.22 PMby zranitelna

      Thank you. In that case I´ll hide in the back :) The bride envies me because of my sewing skills :))

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    May 12, 2011, 02.22 PMby violetsky

    I’m a fellow ‘limestone quarry’ so I understand the need to wear bright colours. I absolutely love your dress, the purple is so droolsome.

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    May 12, 2011, 02.19 PMby peipe

    The dress does look fantastic – congratulations! And the colour is “wow”. Wish you a lot of fun wearing it and a lot of compliments from everybody!

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