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Floral Metallic Brocade Party Dress

Added Jan 8, 2013

by Jamie Lau

Brooklyn, New Yo...






Last December was a very busy month for me with the release of my new book, BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, just around the corner and many events to attend. I wanted to make an outfit for each of my book signings and book launch parties. I worked very hard on the book in the last year and a half and was ready to celebrate!

This turquoise metallic brocade dress with floral specks of peach, rose, gold, violet, and lush greens is my absolute favorite of the four garments I made. It is a variation of the Elizabeth Gathered-Waist Dress I designed for the book. The silhouette is so fun and playful – a staple from my very own wardrobe – and was perfect for my confetti-themed New York book launch party at 3rd Ward, where I also teach sewing classes. (Check out the last two party photos shot by the talented Liz Clayman from our fun night in Brooklyn last month.) I also photographed my project at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Chinese Garden Court.

In my variation, I made large pleats on the skirt as opposed to gathering the waistline. (That would be a total killer on this beautiful brocade, causing it to fray.) I also used a center back zipper, shortened the hemline, and made slight fit adjustments to the bodice. For a cleaner finish, I did a blind hem stitch on the hem. Stay tuned to see the other three party dresses I made!

Material Notes

Metallic brocade, 24" invisible zipper, coordinating thread




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage



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    Apr 9, 2014, 05.52 AMby ginaminton

    Stunning dress!

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    Jan 11, 2013, 01.44 PMby tejka

    wow.stunning dress.

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    Jan 10, 2013, 05.58 PMby lesyoung

    great dress

    i love the colors of the dress and your shoes

    my family and i attended your book signing party at Britex in san francisco

    i was very impressed

    i hope your write another book

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      Jan 28, 2013, 08.53 AMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks so much!

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    Jan 10, 2013, 05.00 PMby daughterfish

    Jaime! This is beautiful! Love the brocade:)

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      Jan 28, 2013, 08.53 AMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks, Christine!

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    Jan 10, 2013, 06.48 AMby kusum k

    This fabric is shiny, attractive and well fitting.

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    Jan 10, 2013, 06.48 AMby kusum k

    This fabric is shiny, attractive and well fitting

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    Jan 9, 2013, 10.23 PMby Ruth Meiland

    Great dress and fabric looks amaizing!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 06.33 PMby Mtetar

    Very nice dress by you again, Jamie! As always you do very nice work with your sewing projects. Thanks for always sharing. http://projectsbyMtetar.wordpress.com

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    Jan 9, 2013, 05.23 PMby SassyT

    Absolutely Stunning! threadnoir.blogspot.com

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    Jan 9, 2013, 04.56 PMby calafia110

    The project is so incredibly beautiful that it makes me want to leave work immediately and run to the nearest fabric store for a huge amount of brocade! I love this so much! Nice job!!! I can’t wait to see the rest of your dresses.

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      Jan 10, 2013, 12.43 AMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks so much for such a nice compliment! Metallic brocade is amazing and I’ll be posting another project made in a copper metallic brocade soon!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 04.50 PMby libra-s

    Such a pretty dress! the fabric is gorgeous and the fitting is great!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 04.21 PMby tufolina


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    Jan 9, 2013, 12.04 PMby razieh khalili

    hi.bravoooooI hope you are more for successful.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 10.09 AMby sixteenstitches

    Gorgeous Dress I love the fabric!!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 10.21 PMby nouvellegamine

    this is lovely! The fabric is to die for!

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      Jan 9, 2013, 12.50 AMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks, Betty! I’m obsessed with brocade as of late!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 09.35 PMby Mary Athey

    Congrats on the book!! The dress is simply gorgeous. I love your fabric and the blue dress behind you.s amazing as well x

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      Jan 9, 2013, 12.50 AMby Jamie Lau

      Thank you, Mary! I love the blue dress from the book, too!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 08.59 PMby tigger0580

    Hello Jamie, the dress with its flashy light turquoise is very nice. It fits you very well…

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      Jan 8, 2013, 09.00 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thank you! I look forward to wearing it again on another occasion!

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