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Does anyone actually have any time to make themselves a to-die-for Holiday dress this season? I say if you’re going to make anything for yourself in the next few weeks that New Years Eve probably provides the best excuse to make something amazing! I was going to make an inspiration board for you all but I’m feeling generous this year: I’m giving you patterns! Well, ideas of which patterns to use to make the new year even more glorious!

Top left features a lovely lounging lady wearing the Minna dress. By using a metallic embellishment you can shine like the North star. Here’s another Minna variation to dream about as well. Make it in a gem colored tone and pair it with a cozy cardigan.

Moving clockwise the next dress is simply gorgeous and definitely has a stage presence. If you want to look like a ballerina from the Nutcracker you should make something like this show stopper.

Nothing says sophistication like knife pleats and wool. The Lancey dress embodies all of those traits & more. Download the pattern here.

Be the Belle of the Ball with bows and pleats in this cute holiday dress. Wear it with style with vintage gloves and a cape. Get the pattern here.

Compete with shiny ornaments and make a Madison in red dress, which is based off of our original 40s dress pattern.


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    Dec 19, 2009, 05.45 PMby ngronski

    where’s the pattern?

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    Dec 17, 2009, 02.25 AMby itsaraptor

    My iron is definitely not smart.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 03.12 AMby aubreydawn

    :) love the royal purple… wish i could see her standing up.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 02.59 AMby kathar6

    I had an idea to hide the top of my arms – not my shouders – on a bustier dress i wore in the winter season, and this could add a little warmth as well as hiding some curvy features : i added to a pattern some sort of off the shoulder floaty panel that is cut in the bias and in shape of a half moon- each panel is sewed by the corner on a point where could be sewed imaginary straps. its accentuates the ballerina stye and it is easy to match in color some transparent veil or chiffon with any dress. for more warmth, i made a short sleeves shrug that was simply a lightweight mohair scarf fold in 2 lengthwise, borders sewed together leaving space in the middle for the bust to fit, forming a sort of open tube where the 2 arms can slip each side. i know its not exactly haute couture but it can do the job very well without too much of a headwreck… u can even do it in a costly light wooly fabric by the yard to fit your shape.

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    Dec 15, 2009, 07.39 PMby angelajiniel

    I love the dresses, but I don’t understand why there isn’t more fabric for a winter dress? It’s cold people (at least in 1/2 the country)!! I want something fashionable AND warm, and I don’t just mean adding tights and a sweater. What good is a great party dress if you’re going to spend the night wearing your coat?

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      Dec 16, 2009, 03.14 AMby aubreydawn

      :) haha :)
      right? :)

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      Dec 22, 2009, 08.11 PMby sernasew

      agreed. let’s design a lovely sweater dress and send it in!

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    Dec 14, 2009, 09.46 AMby flowergirl22

    well ,, I will be making myself something nice,, not sure yet what colour,, but I have some fab shoes I bought for £10 from dorothy perkins. I am looking for a fabric now,, cant be to flashy, I dont want to show of the bride.

    and a style,, i am a larger size, so it will be a challenge to find a style flattering my assets,, downside,, I cant have open shoulder dresses,, I have to big arms to show them off,, short neck,, and chubby face.. cant be doing with all that.


    I am only 1.62cm tall, or 5foot 3 3/4

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      Dec 18, 2009, 08.59 AMby janetheclerk

      focus on your cleavage – deep v-neck showing off the cleavage and some collar bone, it’ll also give you some length in the neck area; also, not having anything around the face serves to slim it down a bit. for the arms, take a loose fitting flowing sleeve – nothing too tight. also, try to get an empire line dress – this hides the tummy, does not emphasise the waist, and gives a gentle flow over the curves.

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    Dec 12, 2009, 03.42 AMby alisondahl

    The link works for me. I’ve gone in and re typed it again so it should be alright!

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    Dec 10, 2009, 11.09 PMby ashtonrounds

    the purple ballerina dress link doesn’t work… which is OF COURSE the one that I want… uh that always happens.

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      Dec 10, 2009, 11.17 PMby leahc

      That’s the one I wanted to see too :(

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      Dec 11, 2009, 12.13 PMby ichigogirl

      Just look at the adress and delete the first half of it, for some reson this site sometimes inludes the site-adress before the page you’re trying to link to, so there are double adresses. If you just delete the first Burdastyle-adress it works, otherwise you find it here: http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/francoise?image=4552
      Happens to me when I post projects too, annoying…

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    Dec 10, 2009, 06.44 AMby Ana B

    Love that salmon color!

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