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Theresa Dress

Added Mar 22, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






By participating in a Project Runway-esque competition at Kent State University, winner Theresa Rietschlin won the opportunity to have a creation of their choice made into a BurdaStyle sewing pattern sponsored by Coats & Clark. This is her lovely design.

This sweet, sleeveless dress pattern features a curved neckband and ruffled front, a voluminous skirt with side pockets and a band which ties at the waist. It is a perfect summer frock. We made our sample in a paisley printed cotton, but explore other cotton options, too. For the front ruffles, we serged the edges, but you could also do a zig-zag stitch or simply leave the edges raw for a more vintage feel.

Material Notes

2 1/2 – 2 3/4 yds. (2,20 – 2,45 m.) self, interfacing and invisible zipper. The skirt is 21" (53 cm.) long from the waistband.



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Garment Type
Bohemian, Classic, Rock, Romantic



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    Mar 23, 2010, 12.21 PMby ink

    Cute dress! Nice modern twist on an old pattern. What I really love is that apartment. Great job on the OSB couch! Fantastic! I would love to meet whoever is the owner !

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      Mar 23, 2010, 04.59 PMby threadsquare

      I concur! Very rad, indeed.

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    Mar 23, 2010, 07.16 AMby itssimplychelsea

    AHHH CONGRATS TO THERESA!!! this is amazing, and so is she!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 07.06 AMby nenasew

    Like this one very much. Simple but interesting.

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    Mar 23, 2010, 06.17 AMby gdac

    I love this!!! I was going to make a black & gold coffee date with animal print ruffle…. but this is the new contender for my fabric! Its absolutely gorgeous!!!!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 03.05 AMby anna mariana

    i love it..

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    Mar 23, 2010, 12.38 AMby mybombzinedoll

    It’s wonderful, I cannot wait to make it :)

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    Mar 23, 2010, 12.23 AMby shellidawn


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    Mar 22, 2010, 10.06 PMby kristinjg

    it’s fab

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    Mar 22, 2010, 09.29 PMby sewtessuti

    Gorgeous dress…must make this one!!!!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 09.03 PMby sarsaparilla

    Such a great dress! I might have to make this one too :)

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    Mar 22, 2010, 08.39 PMby rebeccalady

    i love love love it!!! <3 so pretty!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 08.34 PMby janul

    Beautiful dress, but I just keep looking at the model, lol :)

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    Mar 22, 2010, 08.32 PMby pixelink

    gorgeous and practical, shame summer is almost over for me ;-(

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    Mar 22, 2010, 08.20 PMby doyaski

    I really love the style of this dress. What is the sizing for the pattern?

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      Mar 22, 2010, 08.24 PMby burdastyle

      The Therese dress is currently offered in sizes 34-46. You can check our our Size Chart if you have any questions.

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    Mar 22, 2010, 07.12 PMby sunnilj9

    Really love and it really is the perfect summer frock!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 06.31 PMby graveflower

    Wow, I think i even have the fabric lying around somehwere. It’s a sign!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 06.09 PMby abucketfulofheather

    Adorable! Surely no-one can complain about this. It could look totally different depending on fabrics and whether the ruffle is included or not, too. Versatility is always a plus.

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      Mar 22, 2010, 07.42 PMby Dani Restercher

      I dunno people always find something to complain about, it won’t cover their arms maybe or perhaps their waist won’t look good or something ¬_¬ !!

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      Mar 22, 2010, 11.00 PMby nessys

      As summer is nearly over for me, and because I try and cover up my less than attractive arms, I was thinking this dress could be made in a slightly heavier winter fabric and you could wear a skivvy (turtle neck) top underneath and that would be kinda nice . . . .

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      Mar 23, 2010, 10.59 PMby Dani Restercher

      Good plan, i’m not trying to be harsh to people just saying people always find something to complain about

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    Mar 22, 2010, 05.27 PMby sewgurlwmu

    SO CUTE! I’m buying this one this summer for sure! Thanks Burdastyle!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 05.02 PMby catmagalhaes

    very cute. I love the upper part of the dress. It would make a wonderful top. The model looks like Kirsten Stewart. lol

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    Mar 22, 2010, 04.45 PMby wackyblonde

    This is a very nice dress. The neckline is lovely and not too many ruffles.

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    Mar 22, 2010, 04.43 PMby victors

    Cute, but not too cute! nice ;)

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    Mar 22, 2010, 04.27 PMby 0mega

    Very cute!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 04.24 PMby bttn

    wow, I love this one, three days ago I was looking for a neckline like this, I have to do this dress and the model is beautiful

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    Mar 22, 2010, 04.24 PMby ghainskom

    I think I like it.

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    Mar 22, 2010, 03.48 PMby camilaustral

    this one is very nice!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 03.34 PMby carottesauvage

    Really cool and great fabric.Theresa must be chuffed right now. Your model is a perfect doppelganger for Juliet Lewis

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    Mar 22, 2010, 03.31 PMby calicocouture

    I think it’s adorable! I think I may just have to make this. =)

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    Mar 22, 2010, 03.28 PMby oscarthegrouch108

    i’m kinda digging it. i love doing a rolled hem on the serger, much quicker than traditional hemming!

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