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Blue Opera Dress

Added Jun 5, 2010

by urbanjill

Birmingham, Alab...






I was going to the opera with my MIL and needed a dress. I saw this on the Burdastyle.de website(and Selfish Seamstress blog) and loved it. I don’t speak german, but somehow figured out how to download it. Since I had never sewn anything from Burdastyle I was unsure of the fit and sizing. This is actually a prototype of the dress I made for the opera.

The bodice is a size 34, the skirt front is a 38 and the skirt back is a 40. Because of the various sizes, I had no idea how to match up the pleats and princess seams so I stitched the side seams first. Then I stitched the waist seam from the front pleat to the back dart and then across the center front from pleat to pleat and let the pleats and darts fall where they may. This is actually the best fitting dress I have ever made. I like it so much I made it 2 more times. I also lined the skirt.

The fabric is a polyester sueded twill the has the feel and drape of a 4-ply silk. I chose this fabric because I had 4 meters of it and would have extra to recut any pieces or just trash it if it didn’t work out and still have enough to make something else.

Material Notes

Polyester sueded twill




Garment Type

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    Jun 6, 2010, 04.59 PMby marloncosta

    WOW! For a prototype the dress on the picture looks expensive and elegant already! I really wanna see your final piece! Congrats!

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    Jun 6, 2010, 04.26 AMby ncn6

    Looks great! I have this pattern all printed out, but I’ve been indecisive about what fabric to use so I haven’t made it up yet. it looks like the skirt is longer than I thought… or did you lengthen it? I guess I’ll have to take that into account when I make up the pattern, since I’m rather short!

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