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Bohemian Blush Maxi Dress

Added Jan 30, 2012

by alisondahl

Brooklyn, New Yo...






Many of us loved the long sleeved maxi dress from a recent post I did on 7 Ways to Wear Green—so I had to make this dress and see the outcome on my own. I plan to wear this dress to a wedding in the summer, it would also suit a bohemian bride as a gown!

I adore the cocoon-like shape of the skirt, the full skirt curves in towards the ankle, making a what could be retro silhouette modern. It would look nice in a print yet the style lines are interesting enough in a solid color. I did an invisible bias tape hem at the bottom and sleeves.

This is my final project as BurdaStyle’s Creative Director and Editor, please see my farewell post here!

Material Notes

Silk crpe, 138 cm (54 1/2 ins) wide: 4.90 – 5.00 – 5.10 – 5.15 – 5.70 m (5 3/8 – 5 1/2 – 5 5/8 – 5 3/4 – 6 1/4 yds).




Spring, Fall
Garment Type
Bohemian, Evening Wear

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    May 4, 2012, 07.10 AMby keaura

    Just simply gorgeous, well done

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    Mar 5, 2012, 06.34 PMby shimr

    I’m starting this dress soon and I can’t tell what to do with the hem facing. Should it be cut from fusible interfacing and ironed onto the hem’s WS? Should it be cut from dress fabric and sewn in as a false hem?

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    Feb 6, 2012, 05.55 PMby mirela

    Gorgeous dress! And the pattern is amazing, it would also be perfect for maternity wear, I will probably make one for my baby shower.

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    Feb 6, 2012, 02.23 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    wow! what a dress! i love love love it! so elegant, chick and it does look comfy as well. what more to expect from a dress??

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    Feb 5, 2012, 09.10 PMby burdastyle

    Hello everyone,

    The pattern Alison used to make this gown can be found on this link, http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/122011-long-sleeve-maxi-dress.

    I just tested the download for it and it works great. Once you click “Add to Cart” on the pattern page, the pattern is automatically sent to your Purchase History page within your profile. Once you have gone to check out and purchased the pattern you can access the pattern download here. Go to your profile by clicking on your username, and click on My Account – Purchase History.

    Pattern download issues are often solved by doing one or more of the following:

    Check to make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader. Visit http://get.adobe.com/reader/ for download information. Click “Save As” instead of “Open” when downloading.Clear your internet browser’s cache. Check to make sure your browser’s Java-Scripts are enabled.



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    Feb 5, 2012, 06.48 PMby sewgurlwmu

    So beautiful, you did a fabulous job! I would recommend that you not wear this to a wedding though! I’m getting married this summer and if one of my guests showed up in that dress, I would be so mad!!! You look might look better than the bride! :)

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    Feb 4, 2012, 06.53 PMby Heather Allen

    Elegant and B-beautiful… sorry to see you leave.

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    Feb 4, 2012, 02.42 AMby Janice Days

    i love it, i wish it had a high slit, and was a bit more fitted.

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    Feb 3, 2012, 04.32 PMby nouvellegamine

    so pretty! this would make an amazing wedding gown with knee length bridesmaids dresses!

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    Feb 2, 2012, 11.04 PMby nmstone

    Lovely design but poor fit. The fitting needs fine tuning i.e. on shoulders and back perhaps a smaller size on the top. Would be gorgeous in a fine wool jersey or other good stretch material. Also would tweak the neckline and fit it flatter to the body.

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    Feb 1, 2012, 02.09 PMby sydneyga

    How do you get the instructions and the pattern to print out?

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      Feb 3, 2012, 09.36 PMby vegan

      I haven’t been able to figure it out. I downloaded that PDF Creator software several times, and it put some strange toolbar on my browser, but I was still unable to download the pattern.

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    Feb 1, 2012, 01.40 PMby shizuoka

    this is oh-so- gorgeous !

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    Feb 1, 2012, 10.41 AMby janecoxy

    I would love to download it, but I carnt either. Please add instructions on how to do so.

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    Feb 1, 2012, 06.46 AMby tguedri

    Alison, Please re-post this in a PDF file format. That way, both Microsoft and Apple operating systems can download and open (and print) the file. We hate to miss out on your pretty dress! Thanks, Terry

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    Jan 31, 2012, 10.27 PMby vegan

    I spent too much time downloading and installing the FoxTab PDF converter, multiple times, but I still don’t see a link to download the pattern. Just a link to download the FoxTab PDF converter.

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    Jan 31, 2012, 10.05 PMby cheraw

    I wish I could download the pattern, but the file is not supportive of my Mac 10.4. Any suggestions? Thanks, it is a beautiful dress.

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    Jan 31, 2012, 10.04 PMby cheraw

    I wish I could download the pattern, but the file is not supportive of my Mac 10.4. Any suggestions? Thanks, it is a beautiful dress.

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      Jan 31, 2012, 10.19 PMby finesse

      I have no suggestions but, where do you actually get the download? I just don’t see it anywhere!

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      Feb 1, 2012, 02.42 AMby vegan

      It’s not working in Internet Explorer 8 or Chrome, either, so I don’t think you’re missing anything.

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    Jan 31, 2012, 08.21 PMby kellywoj

    fantastic! i love the cocoon shape!

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    Jan 31, 2012, 07.30 PMby carottesauvage

    Very sylphlike and etheral….enhance the sihouette in a deee liGtfull way… !

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    Jan 31, 2012, 05.27 PMby agirlnamedflo

    This is the best maxi dress I’ve ever seen. Most of them lack this amount of design/style. You went out with a bang!

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    Jan 30, 2012, 07.49 PMby milkyway

    Love it,

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    Jan 30, 2012, 05.06 PMby lennert

    This is so beautiful! Great job…

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    Jan 30, 2012, 04.59 PMby nehmah

    Alison, Your work is lovely. The overall appearance of the gown suits quite well. Nehmah

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    Jan 30, 2012, 04.29 PMby sewingfan1

    It looks really stylish, I especially loved it in the magazine in green. I wonder how it would come out in a knee length version? might try it myself. :-)

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      Jan 30, 2012, 04.51 PMby alisondahl

      Knee length would be super cute! I would make sure that the hem tapers in the same way the maxi version does at the hem, to get the cocoon shape.

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      Jan 30, 2012, 06.09 PMby postmodest

      oh yes! I immediately thought about shorter version too!
      I was very much in love with Bodkin Baobab Dress mainly because of its ‘bottle shape’, but wasn’t sure about the unfitted top – if you have bust, you probably know the problem with loose dresses looking like pregnancy garments. This burda pattern solves all of my problems! Oh and it’s long-sleeved. Love. I definitely will give it a try.

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      Jan 30, 2012, 08.32 PMby sewingfan1

      Excellent, glad it would work cos I love the design but know I wouldn’t have many places I could wear a full length version to :-)

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    Jan 30, 2012, 04.29 PMby aggelicat .)

    just wonderful!!

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