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Duchesse in Duchesse Satin

Added Dec 2, 2010

by barbaraagatha

Milano, Italy






For Halloween 2010 I decided to make an over the top dress. I went out and bought 3 mt of red/black duchesse satin and 4mt of dark red tulle.
I used the BWOF 10/2010, the 116 dress.

I found the bust part to be a little challenging but, overall, quite fun to work with. I used size 36 and found it a little tight on the bust. I was going for the Duchesse the Polignac look, so that wirked well, just remember to add 2cm on the bottom seam, so it fits right on the waist.
I left the sleeves out cause I couldn’t figure out how to work them.

The make-up tutorial was inspired by Erin from her Pretty Exclusive blog:

And I teased my hair beyond belief, pinned it and sprayed it with white hair-spray.
If you want to replicate it, I suggest you do it a few hours before going out. Wait till the spray dries, unpin your hair, then pin it back. This allows for even more volume.

Material Notes

Satin Duchesse
Invisible zipper
Tulle for petticoat




Garment Type

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    Oct 24, 2011, 12.13 AMby Irina Schwab

    spooky! I made this dress for THIS Halloween, not aware that you chose the same for last Halloween. How strange, to choose the same from thousands of patterns!

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      Dec 3, 2012, 05.37 PMby barbaraagatha

      I’ve been back on BurdaStyle after so long, and your profile was the first I checked out, then noticing that you had commented on my dress.
      Talk about spooky!!

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    Feb 5, 2011, 11.37 AMby lyrameneses

    Fantastic! I got so inspired by you that I bought the pattern! <3

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    Jan 18, 2011, 08.24 PMby Marriëtte Verschoor

    Your dress look great! I just re-started sewing again (after a long break) and am trying to make this dress. The thing is, I just cant figure out how to get the skirt right. Im working on the gathering, but i dont get what they mean by gather at 10 – 10.5 – 11 – 11.5 – 12 cm’s. I tryd pleating it, but that didnt look okay. Could you tell me how you did it? And maybe what they mean with those numbers? Thanks!!

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      Jan 30, 2011, 03.24 PMby soaringviola

      I just passed this dress and your comment. I havn´t sewn this dress and so don´t know the whole instructions. But usually at Burda patterns, when they write a row of numbers, these are for the different sizes. Usually the Burda pattern are from EU size 36 to 44, so if you sew a 36 you have to gather at 10 cm, if 38 then gather at 10.5 cm and so on… Hope I could help you :-) BTW: Under ‘discussions’ there is a forum ‘someone help me’. If you post such questions there, you usually get help really fast :-)

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    Dec 6, 2010, 12.21 AMby olystyrene

    Very well done, the dress looks gorgeous on you!

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    Dec 3, 2010, 10.29 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    beyootiful, i hope you wear this out to non-costume nights too, it’s too fabulous for the closet!

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    Dec 3, 2010, 07.09 AMby zaarissima

    a very beautiful dress!!!

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    Dec 2, 2010, 07.25 PMby audie2002

    I really love your version; it is absolutly gorgeous!

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    Dec 2, 2010, 12.04 PMby Ruffles Gazebo

    oh it looks gorgeous! glad to see someone making the new dress they put out. great job. the red is tremendous!

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    Dec 2, 2010, 11.01 AMby claudinka

    Very beautiful dress, beautiful red! And a cool idea overall.

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