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Mermaid dress in Italian silk

Added Jun 25, 2014

by Irina Schwab

Aylesbury, Unite...






I found this pattern really inspirational. It is the flounce dress no 120 in Burda Style magazine 05/2013.

I dreamt about making this dress from a floaty, silk fabric to resemble the fish scales or a snake.

Who would be a mermaid fair,
Singing alone,combing her hair,
Under the sea, in a golden curl,
With a comb of pearl,
On a throne?

Beautiful dress, I will probably have to give it a few more tries to achieve the ideal fit.

It does come quite large at the back, so I will have to go a size down so the dress is more snug. This might be due to the body shape rather than a fault in pattern.

The dress features side zip, lace back detail and hand sewn sequins at the front. I have used a selection of vintage glass beads and pink beads, as well as a few tubular golden sequins.

However, all in all, a beautiful project…. And plenty of photos to choose from.

Worn with: shell bracelet (seen in a few pictures) Handmade, Zakyntos; Shoes: handmade brown crocodile shoes Bally vintage

Material Notes

Italian stretch silk




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Bohemian, Romantic

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    Jul 1, 2014, 01.50 PMby nrobson

    nice boho looking x

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    Jun 26, 2014, 05.31 PMby yenny lee


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    Jun 26, 2014, 11.48 AMby cris orange

    very nice dress Irina and the silk is wonderful! If I just may make a little suggestion: if you sew this pattern again, maybe is possible to omit the center front seam? I feel it disturbs a little bit the beautiful print pattern of the fabric. But this is just a very personal opinion of course :-)

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      Jun 28, 2014, 06.12 PMby Irina Schwab

      Cris, you would not believe it, I did think about omitting the seam. However, when you look at the pattern, you can see it is not a straight line, it is meant to give it more shape. I also thought about matching fabric print, however the pattern repeat is wide, I would have needed a really large piece. Besides, it is not cut far from it’s normal half line. There is one thing though… my fabric only had a bit of stretch, and I was worried about making this dress too small. So I cut it as a size 38 and it does feel too big. I will use 36 next time!

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    Jun 26, 2014, 06.12 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Gorgeous dress Irina! Very chic and elegant :)

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    Jun 26, 2014, 05.54 AMby martynia6

    nice – the back is beautiful;)

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