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Open Back Dress 03/2013 #111



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Women’s dress sewing pattern available for download. Available in various sizes.

Total femininity. Ankle-length dress with fitted bodice, layered skirt and short gathered sleeves. It’s respectably high cut at the front but the back plunges alluringly down to the waist.

Note: This is the same pattern PDF as the Tiered Dress.

This pattern is from the Blooming Dreams collection.

Recommended Materials

Lightweight dress fabrics.

Amount of Fabrics

Cotton batiste print, cut widthwise (skirt doubled).
width: 145 cm (57 ins)
length: 5.40 – 5.65 – 5.90 – 6.20 – 6.40 m
(6 – 6 1/4 – 6 1/2 – 6 7/8 – 7 yds)

Plain ­batiste as lining for bodice, cut lengthwise.
widht: 140 cm (55 ins)
length: 0.45 – 0.45 – 0.45 – 0.50 – 0.50 m (3/4 yd).


Vilene Bias Tape/ stay tape.

Boning tape, 8 mm (1/4 in) ­wide and 0.30 m (3/8 yd) long.

1 invisible zip, 22 cm (9 ins) long.

Seam Allowance

This pattern doesn't include seam allowance

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    Aug 23, 2018, 03.17 PMby titi85

    Is the sash really supposed to be 230cm long? Or is it a mistake in the instructions?

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    Apr 20, 2015, 11.05 AMby May Ab

    i dont understand the fabric amount, do i really need 6 m of fabric?

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      Nov 27, 2015, 06.01 AMby Phuong Nguyen

      It is a dress with gathered skirt – which would require a lot a fabric to gather. But it depends on how much gathering you would like to see when the dress is done. I just made it shorter in length, and some pleats here and there to save fabric. And I bought 3 yards of the main fabric and 3 yards of lining.

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    Apr 5, 2015, 11.23 PMby shirleybob

    I don’t undersand the sizing where it says 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 if I purchase it is that the sizes I get? Or does the pattern include all sizes

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      Nov 27, 2015, 06.02 AMby Phuong Nguyen

      When you purchase it, you will get size 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 (petite size) all in one download. Then you have to decide which size you would like to cut out and then go for it.

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    Mar 20, 2015, 11.15 PMby shirleybob

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      Mar 31, 2015, 11.46 PMby Phuong Nguyen

      There is no way to download pattern for free. Unless you pay for it, you can re-download it with no cost.

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    Feb 13, 2015, 06.35 AMby Celia Welch

    Trying to get this ‘free’ pattern but can only see where it charges me. Can anyone help?

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      Mar 31, 2015, 11.45 PMby Phuong Nguyen

      This pattern is not free. And Burdastyle has no free pattern anymore, they changed those to $0.99.

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    Jul 6, 2014, 08.56 PMby Ashleyhaar

    Hello! I’m super confused about the sizing. I’ve checked the faq page, downloaded the size chart, and I still don’t get it. I’m new to Burda world. Can anyone help me figure this out?

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      Mar 31, 2015, 11.46 PMby Phuong Nguyen

      This pattern is in Pettie size, so consult the Pettie Size of BurdaStyle, not regular size.

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    Jun 17, 2014, 10.18 PMby kashmirk

    Okay, I downloaded the pattern, where do I find the instructions? Or do you just wing it?

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      Jun 17, 2014, 10.26 PMby kashmirk

      I’m totally lame, just realized there’s a link to the instructions in my profile. Sorry!

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    Mar 10, 2014, 09.01 AMby maggiemc

    Beautiful! I’m starting one right now!

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    Nov 7, 2013, 08.20 PMby natalini

    Oh no! I am in love with this dress but am confused about the available sizes… For Burda patterns I am a 12/14… is it just not available in these sizes? Do you think I can get away with just cutting everything down a bit?

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    Sep 26, 2013, 07.50 PMby Wintervale

    I’ve been doing some thinking about the yardage requirements of this dress. The skirt piece is cut on the crossgrain so the only seam is at the back where the zip is.

    If you cut the skirt on grain instead you will need to sew two or three pieces together to have the same amount of gather – like the Sewaholic Cambie dress. And, the pattern tells you to line the skirt with self fabric.

    To cut down on fabric, I would recommend cutting the fabric on grain (either use a skirt pattern from something like the Cambie or find a tutorial for a dirndl skirt) and lining with another fabric (or not at all if your fabric is not sheer). Your yardage will be twice your skirt length (plus hem and seam allowance) plus 3/4 yard for the bodice.

    You might get away with less fabric if you can fit the bodice pieces alongside the skirt pieces.

    The number one complaint I’ve seen from people is the back riding up. I’d try to fix the riding up with a waist stay. A waist stay is a piece of petersham, grograin or firm elastic that is snug (not tight) around your waist.

    The waist stay is stitched to the waist seam of your dress (you may have to ease the seam to the stay) with a hook and eye or snap to close it under the zip. The waist stay should then anchor the dress to your waist and stop it from riding up in back.

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    Aug 1, 2013, 08.39 AMby marlalalalere

    do you add a bra pattern to go with??? :)

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      Sep 15, 2013, 07.41 AMby pavlina20

      I’m serious! Cute, but my girls need support. :)

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    Jun 29, 2013, 04.33 AMby pilbarasal

    Can anyone advise me what fabric is used in the model photo?

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      Aug 5, 2013, 02.24 PMby chased-away

      It says in the description – cotton batiste print.

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      Sep 12, 2013, 06.49 AMby pilbarasal

      Sorry, I mean this exact fabric – I love the print! (I was hoping someone from Burda could answer…?)

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    Jun 26, 2013, 05.35 PMby Lauren Margaret

    Hey Guys,

    This link shows a photo of the back of the dress….

    by SewingSveta


    I myself am trying to figure out how the bottom panels work…..do you fold them lengthwise and do lots of gathering around the bodice from there?!?! My first burda pattern…it’s going slowly : ) thanks

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    Jun 23, 2013, 06.28 PMby Slotaby

    Does anyone know which pattern the other included pattern pieces go to (23, 24, 27)?

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      Sep 26, 2013, 07.27 PMby Wintervale

      They go to a wedding dress that was in the same issue #112, it’s a version with a corset style front and a lace overlay.

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    May 9, 2013, 01.44 AMby rmolestina

    Burda instructions confuse me as a new sewer :( What do I do with the rest of the strap after sewing between the markings?? Ayuda porfavor!

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    Apr 13, 2013, 11.04 AMby amybridget

    I can’t wait for the ‘latest projects based on this pattern’ to start showing up- it’s always easier to work out if you’re up to the challenge by seeing what others can accomplish! Really need some Springtime inspiration :)

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    Apr 11, 2013, 05.11 PMby bittyfawn

    I hear you. odd they didn’t think to include a picture of the back since that’s really the show stopper moment of this dress…

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      Apr 14, 2013, 09.55 AMby amybridget

      Owe you one! exactly what I needed to see :)

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    Apr 9, 2013, 05.28 PMby luxperdiem

    I wish there was a model photo of the back of the dress.

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