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Maxi Dress - Burdastyle magazine #117

Added Jun 27, 2011

by Emma Jeffery

Huntington Beach...






I love this maxi dress (since I’m tall most store bought ones end somewhere around my calves!) but I found the Burdastyle magazine instructions really badly written. I really think this would be a great project for a novice sewer but the instructions are so complicated it would be a total put off for someone with little experience. I did take some photos as I made my dress and wrote out some clearer instructions for making the bodice part on my blog if it helps you to give it a go.


In all, I really like the dress. It has an invisible zipper down the back and it uses a ton of fabric! I bought 5 yards and don’t have much left over. I didn’t add the lace detailing that the instructions seem to talk about, but I put piping around the back and neckline which I really like.

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    Jan 10, 2012, 04.45 AMby psailsm

    This is really pretty and colour is great on you! Good job

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    Jun 30, 2011, 02.18 PMby nikkishell

    Lovely dress! I have the opposite problem, i’m short so i’d be tripping over a store bought maxi dress ;)

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      Jun 30, 2011, 02.51 PMby Emma Jeffery

      Too funny! Since I started making my own clothes I’ve been noticing how badly some store-bought things actually fit me. Hooray for making clothes that fit properly!

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    Jun 29, 2011, 03.16 PMby Emma Jeffery

    Thank you everyone!

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    Jun 28, 2011, 09.10 AMby hdk100

    I’ve always loved these maxi dresses, yours is beautiful!

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    Jun 28, 2011, 03.08 AMby momsgotanewhobby

    Love this color and it is very pretty!

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      Jun 30, 2011, 02.52 PMby Emma Jeffery

      Thanks, I love the color too. It was as Kona cotton in raisin. Describes it perfectly!

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    Jun 27, 2011, 05.41 PMby jadestar

    I like this. Think I’ll have to go track down that burda mag…

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