Added Aug 19, 2013
Go to my blog to learn what this dress has to do with Jane Bennet!
This dress is inspired by the Mod Cloth Gazebo Dreaming Dress. I pieced together a pattern – the top is from a Burda evening gown and the skirt from Burda Young. Finding the right fabric proved to be harder. I had to dig through every single fabric pile in my local fabric store (and there were many) until I found this dark blue denim fabric. It’s darker than I had imagined, but I thought it’d make a nice contrast to the lace.
A lesson I learnt from this project: If you use two different patterns, then they won’t fit together perfectly. It’s so simple, but apparently I’m an idiot, because I was very surprised when I realized very close to finishing the dress that it was way too big at the top. I had to put in two darts at the back (and before I had already added four pleats at the skirt, two at the front and two at the back). It was frustrating to say the least since I had to open up a lot of seams.
The fabric creases easily, unfortunately, but otherwise I’m very pleased with this dress. It’s happy and summer-y, just like I imagined. I already took it out to a party a few weeks ago, and it did carry itself very well, if I may say so.
I couldn’t find the patterns I used here on burdastyle.com, so here are the links to the German Burda website:
1) Abendkleid mit Ausschnittblende (for the top)
2) Korsagenkleid – 50er-Jahre-Look (for the skirt)
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