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Heather dress (Bernina 3 series)

Added Nov 23, 2010

by squidinc-1

San Diego, Calif...






Here’s my entry for the Bernina Party through the Decades competition!

The era that I chose was late 18th century French fashion (1760s -70s if I had to be specific), but I was also really inspired by other things from that period like paintings by Fragonard and Rococo prints.

Although nearly all the dresses from that era were long-sleeved, I knew I wanted to make a strapless version for versatility. So instead of having regular dress sleeves, I made a (very) fitted bolero in order to incorporate the sleeves and ruffled neckline that I had in mind.

I also made all the pieces separately (versatility again) so that I could change it into a look from my favorite 20th century decade – the 50s! I made the top reversible so that the pieces could double as another look without the underskirt and with the overskirt untucked. Voil! A 50s style outfit :)




Garment Type
Evening Wear, Romantic
Blends, Taffeta

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    Jan 29, 2015, 11.00 PMby Fabric Sewcial-Lite

    Love! Love! LOVE! I know I am a little late to the comment party, but just came across your stunning outfit via a mention from another members upcycle shirt project! Brilliant work! I really love the bolero and was hoping you could let me know what pattern you used for this or did you draft it yourself. Thanks in advance!

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    Dec 3, 2010, 01.20 AMby earthenwings

    This is by far, one of the most beautiful, elegant, well thought out dresses. Thank you for sharing!

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    Dec 1, 2010, 11.33 AMby cinamo

    This dress would be perfect for my concerts in castles! Love it!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 11.31 PMby sanboy

    Really striking and lovely. I hope you win.

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    Nov 29, 2010, 06.18 PMby Daryl Concha

    I absolutely LOVE this dress!! I was struck by it immediately when I saw it. I love how you put a modern touch to such an elegant time (I know, huge generalization). Your work is so gorgeous!

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      Dec 2, 2010, 01.56 AMby squidinc-1

      Thank you! That’s exactly what I was going for!…a modern take on the era rather than a period replica :)

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    Nov 27, 2010, 10.14 PMby sunspot

    Wow this is very lovely!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 10.49 PMby squidinc-1

    Thank you to everyone for your comments and encouragement! :D

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    Nov 24, 2010, 09.31 AMby ichigogirl

    Fabulous. In every way!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 05.30 AMby smallone

    perfectly proportioned – lovely interplay of fabric – this is so very refined. Good luck!!

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    Nov 23, 2010, 05.49 PMby peachypanda

    this is stunning! i love the bodice fabric and fit.

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    Nov 23, 2010, 05.37 PMby morganelle

    Truly amazing. Did you work off a pattern for the bodice? If so, I’d love to know what you used!

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      Nov 24, 2010, 11.04 PMby squidinc-1

      Thank you!

      I actually drafted the bodice pattern myself, since I wanted the side front seams to curve outward (instead of up) to complement the wide neckline. If I ever learn how to grade for sizes, I would try to post it on Burdastyle though!

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      Nov 25, 2010, 12.26 AMby morganelle

      Ah, I see what you mean. Even more impressive that you drafted it yourself!

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    Nov 23, 2010, 01.15 PMby macoskrm

    This is amazing. Awesome job!

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    Nov 23, 2010, 12.36 PMby nadia42

    Stunning!! Love the material you used, and the fit is pretty much perfect!! Nice work :D

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    Nov 23, 2010, 09.20 AMby baka-pepica


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    Nov 23, 2010, 07.59 AMby aggelicat .)

    you are already a winner!! This is fantastic!!!!

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    Nov 23, 2010, 07.32 AMby margrietmg

    Pretty! Really stylish!

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    Nov 23, 2010, 07.30 AMby cutemei

    Good job, I love it!

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    Nov 23, 2010, 07.29 AMby lazylinchen


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