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Aqua Maxi Dress

Added May 12, 2013

by zsyzu

Placentia, Calif...






This is my first maxi dress. I used Burdstyle’s 5/2013 #123 pattern. I struggled with the bust portion of this dress. The two and a half dot rating for skill level was a bit deceiving or I was just having problems understanding Burdastyle’s instructions. I ended up having to rip seams open and figure out how to do the draped bodice portion on my own really. But a bit of a challenge helps you grow. Once I got past the bodice portion everything else was easy.

I like how this dress flows in a nice breeze and it won’t be last maxi dress.




Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual
Cotton, Blends

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    Aug 3, 2013, 12.20 AMby ♡ Anna ♡

    Great result! I am struggling with the same pattern. I could not figure out how the buste pieces fitted together. Would you have any insights to share???

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      Aug 3, 2013, 01.44 PMby zsyzu

      Thank you! Yes. I abandoned the instructions for the bodice and did what I thought might work. I sewed the bodice fronts and the inside lining right side together. Then I gathered the edges that would be sewn to the front straps and then sewed it to the straps. I had to rip everything apart after trying to follow the instructions before i did what I did and then it was easy after that. I hope that helps you.

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    May 26, 2013, 07.50 PMby asperge11


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      May 30, 2013, 11.40 PMby zsyzu

      Thank you!

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    May 25, 2013, 12.13 PMby Couture Academic

    Beautiful dress! Congrats on finishing such a complex design for your first maxidress…very impressive. Don’t worry, we ALL struggle to understand BurdaStyle instructions, it’s not just you trust me :)

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      May 30, 2013, 11.41 PMby zsyzu

      Thank you! I’m glad I’m not the only one that finds Burdastyle instructions a bit hard to figure out sometimes!

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    May 24, 2013, 10.33 PMby Mary Athey

    this is gorgeous on you. the fabrics so lovely and you’ve done a cracking job with this pattern x

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      May 24, 2013, 11.41 PMby zsyzu

      Thank you Mary. I’m glad you like it!

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    May 24, 2013, 06.10 PMby The Tropical Sewist

    love your fabric placement – gorgeous dress!

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      May 24, 2013, 11.42 PMby zsyzu

      Thanks so much. It’s wonderful to hear from someone who’s as skilled as yourself. I’ve admired your work for the last few years!

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    May 24, 2013, 02.13 PMby liliv-1

    It’s a great dress, this style is very nice on you. I have made a similar pattern from issue 7/2009 and I like it a lot!

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      May 24, 2013, 11.44 PMby zsyzu

      Thank you! I’m going to have to check yours out!

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      May 25, 2013, 12.06 AMby liliv-1

      I haven’t posted it yet:)

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