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A dress with attitude

Added May 2, 2011

by sewella

South Of Eden, M...






I used a Burda pattern (1/2010) for this and I have never been more wrong.
When I saw it, it had a retro flare and stroke me as a Jackie O dress.
I imagined it with the lace piece running along the front panel, but somehow it didn’t look appropriate with the shape so I cut it at the front and sew the second part around the waist .
I had to add front darts and back darts to it because otherwise it looked as a sack.
I also had to get rid of the sleeves because they didn’t fit well with the altered pattern.
However, I must say that I like how it turned out despite the experience being a horrific one!

The lace is vintage – I have taken it from an old dress of my mom’s and have always wanted to pair it with this red lax I had in my stash. And I am glad I did.

The based on button didn’t work so here is where you can find it:

Material Notes

1(1/2)m lax, 1 m lace




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Romantic

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    Sep 15, 2011, 02.15 AMby squiddlepop

    Your dress looks a lot nicer than the burda sweetheart neckline one! The colour is very nice on you and the lace looks gorgeous. :)

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      Sep 15, 2011, 09.24 AMby sewella

      You are a sweetheart! Thanks for the support!!

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    Sep 13, 2011, 09.04 PMby inchargenow

    I’m sorry, but this dress just doesn’t fit very well. It’s baggy in some places and too tight in others. It is too tight across the bust as the lace pulls to the side and squashes you, yet too baggy in the chest and shoulders. Also the edges of the lace curl over. I have been dissatisfied with Burda patterns. I find they look fine in the drawings but terrible to fit. The fabric is lovely though, and hey if you’re happy with it go for it. You don’t actually look too pleased in the photo.

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    • Maya_kuzman_large

      Sep 14, 2011, 10.30 AMby sewella

      Wow! Thank you for sharing your elaborate observation!

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    May 6, 2011, 04.49 AMby Denise Angela

    This colour looks beautiful on you…love that you used the lace from your moms dress!

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    May 2, 2011, 02.54 PMby bennomusik

    Oh, what beautiful lace! I love how you’ve highlighted it.

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    • Maya_kuzman_large

      May 2, 2011, 04.06 PMby sewella

      Thank you! It’s kind of pink-reddish but with the red flax it gains a special shine – adorable!!

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    May 2, 2011, 02.25 PMby wzrdreams

    Agh, that pattern. I know exactly what you mean. For me the thing that kills it is how high the front neckline is and how terrible the sleeves fit.

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    • Maya_kuzman_large

      May 2, 2011, 04.05 PMby sewella

      Yes, I forgot to mention the neckline which I had to re-do twice. And look how high it is still. The sleeves were a nightmare!

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      May 2, 2011, 07.21 PMby wzrdreams

      I speak of my personal experience of course. Your version doesn’t look terrible.

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    May 2, 2011, 01.17 PMby janul

    This is lovely! It looks a bit folkloric or russian to me, in a good way :). Red is your color! burda patterns are often quite shapless I think, they look ok styled on super thin models in the magazine, but in real life it´s a different story :). Good job with the alterations!

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    • Maya_kuzman_large

      May 2, 2011, 02.17 PMby sewella

      You’ve got that right Jana. Real life and real-sized people ..ha, ha :)
      Thank you fro dropping by!

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