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burda 6/2013 #108/109 two strap dress

Added Jun 10, 2013

by Mary Athey

Antrim, Co Antri...






I saw this as top and a maxi dress in this months burda and just loved it. I don’t really suit maxi’s so i decided to just lenghten the top.I made the orange one first. I had thought about adding a lace panal and then i saw another sewer had added a panal so i just went for it. The second ones a lovely silky palm fabric.i really like both and i think the patterns a good one. x

Material Notes

lycra based jersey


Garment Type

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    Jul 7, 2013, 12.39 PMby Verdy

    Mary, just wondering how did you make it more fitted? By taking in in the side seams?

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      Jul 7, 2013, 05.31 PMby Mary Athey

      hi verdy, first of i cut the pattern out then i slimmed it down both sides so it was more of a pencil skirt bottom which i prefer. i don’t suit anything swingy so i think this dress works very well fitted. my daughter loved my orange one best and i was thrilled as shes quite fussy lol x

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    Jun 26, 2013, 12.31 AMby shela

    You look fablous, and the dresses do you proud.

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      Jun 26, 2013, 06.57 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much for that lovely compliment xx

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    Jun 18, 2013, 09.20 PMby heatherrique

    Mary, you look sensational in this style, especially in vibrant colors! One of my new favorite outfits on you! WOWWWWW!

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      Jun 18, 2013, 09.23 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much heather, this is such a good pattern. i do really love these dresses. I’m making the gathered bodice dress at the moment out of the same issue, hope it turns out ok as i’ve altered it a lot lol x

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    Jun 15, 2013, 07.35 PMby Verdy

    Dear Mary , thank you for posting pictures if your dresses online! You look so gorgeous in them and thus have inspired me to get on and make a top from this pattern as well ( I have a similar body type). Good luck with your future sewing projects, you definitely have the right skills:-)

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      Jun 15, 2013, 10.34 PMby Mary Athey

      awww verdy thats a lovely thing to say. The patterns not hard at all and sews up so well. I do love it when something turns out so well. I can’t wait to see yours xx

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    Jun 13, 2013, 08.11 PMby katya katya

    You look pretty, especially when you’re smiling:)) I’m not sure which dress I like more, both of them are lovely.

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      Jun 13, 2013, 10.19 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you katya, its a win win pattern. easy and looks good x

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    Jun 13, 2013, 03.07 PMby baum

    they are both very nice! and you look wonderful in them:)

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      Jun 13, 2013, 05.29 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much thats a lovely compliment xx

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    Jun 12, 2013, 08.48 PMby The Tropical Sewist

    I love them both! Wow Mary you are on a roll – I should love to see your wardrobe! The navy straps add some interest but I think the self fabric straps look classy too since the dress is already interesting!

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      Jun 12, 2013, 09.13 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks and i agree, i lined the blue in navy and thought i’d do the bands navy? but i changed them to the blue fabric as the dress is like you say nice enough. i have to adnit to loving these dresses.they’re quite sexy without showing anything which i love lol x

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      Jun 12, 2013, 09.16 PMby Mary Athey

      i have two spare rooms now the kids have moved out and they’re filled with rails of clothes plus wardrobes full of clothes lol. one will be my sewing room and the big one will be a guest/dressing roon. i can’t stop sewing so i’m going to turn some of my earlier dresses into tops, i’ll get more wear out of them x

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      Jun 25, 2013, 10.30 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Wowza! You’re living my dream life. My kids are 2 and 4 so I have a long time to wait! I’m sure there are lots of people who would love to receive your lovely creations though, if you decide you can’t use them anymore!

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      Jun 25, 2013, 10.49 AMby Mary Athey

      my friend is always waiting in line for dresses i don’t wear any more lol. i’m making her a black and white one at the moment for her birthday which i’ll post once finished. then i’m making myself an outfit for my youngest grandaughter lilys christening plus my daughter wants dresses lol. its all go here x

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      Jun 26, 2013, 03.45 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      you have fun! I’d love to lead your life :))

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    Jun 12, 2013, 04.42 PMby Irina Schwab

    Wow, someone was busy! It looks fab on you

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    Jun 12, 2013, 12.05 PMby pamchar

    I love the straps! You are gorgeous in these dresses!!!

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      Jun 12, 2013, 12.19 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much for that lovely comment. these are great dresses and so easy to wear. another great burda pattern x

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    Jun 12, 2013, 01.08 AMby BeeZee

    These summer dresses are so cute! When I first saw the pattern I wondered if the strap that goes around the back of the neck was comfortable but this looks great! What a great idea turning them into dresses too! And I see you were able to make a top from the leftover blue fabric – don’t you love when that happens!

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      Jun 12, 2013, 05.54 AMby Mary Athey

      thanks beezee, i added about an inch to the halter of the blue one as tthe orange had more stretch.this pattern sews to.gether really well and i love using ip my scraps for tops, win win all round lol x

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    Jun 11, 2013, 07.53 PMby zsyzu

    I’m glad you did this top because I thought about doing it too. It looks so nice on you. I like your fabric choice!

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      Jun 11, 2013, 08.21 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks zsyzu, its a great pattern. i’ll make a couple of tops as well as i’ll get more wear out of them. the dresses are my favourite though x

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    Jun 11, 2013, 04.05 PMby Angie H

    I can’t decide which of your latest projects is my favorite….I love them both on you. I’m partial to solid bright colors so I especially love the orange/red. Such a happy color. :) Perfect for you!

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      Jun 11, 2013, 06.21 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you for the lovely comment. I tend to use prints a lot but i do love a bright solid colour and the orange is such a lovely fabric x

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    Jun 11, 2013, 10.39 AMby kusum k

    Wonderful dress Mary, it looks so nice!

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      Jun 11, 2013, 11.02 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you kamala x

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    Jun 11, 2013, 07.29 AMby KristinaBerisha

    Wonderful Mary. I like the orange one and the lace fits so shic :)

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      Jun 11, 2013, 07.31 AMby Mary Athey

      thanks kristina, i do love this pattern, i think the lace shows a bit of leg without being to risque lol x

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    Jun 10, 2013, 09.53 PMby rita61

    These look wonderful Mary! I wouldn’t put the navy band on either. Thanks for the tips on what you did to improve the construction. This pattern caught my attention, like so many others that you make!! :-)

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      Jun 10, 2013, 09.56 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much rita, i love it when something turns out well x

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    Jun 10, 2013, 08.47 PMby liliv-1

    You really rocked the pattern Mary, I looove your versions!! I like that you made them shorter and more fitted, the dress looks totally different on your body than burda’s model, more sexy and womanlike ( I think your bust has a lot to do with this:P). The lace on the orange one is a very nice detail. I would not put the navy band on the blue dress. Overall very very nice work and you look hot in these, especially in the orange one!! I’m going to trace the pattern right now!!

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      Jun 10, 2013, 08.54 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks liliv, i altered the pattern quite a bit after i made the orange one. I had to take it in a lot as i like it much better fitted. once i finished the orange dress i measured its width and then adjusted the pattern so the blue one sewed up like a dream.I think lining them is a good idea liliv as the fimish is so much nicer on the straps etc. I changed the strap holders to the palm fabric as well. x

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    Jun 10, 2013, 08.39 PMby Mary Athey

    I forgot to mention that i did’nt follow burdas instructions but i underlined the orange one which went ok. The blue one i fully lined though and i much prefer that version. i also elasticated the back and lengthened the halter slightly x

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      Jun 10, 2013, 09.07 PMby liliv-1

      You made a gorgeous work on them Mary! I think that you widened the outer straps right? What do you mean by saying “lengthened the halter slightly”, did you make the decolte deeper?

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      Jun 10, 2013, 09.15 PMby Mary Athey

      hi liliv, the straps are slightly wider so i can drape them of my shoulder as well which looks really nice.i should’ve added a photo of that but i needed my halterneck bra and it was in the wash. I did lengthen the halter section by about an inch as it sat nicer and showed of my bust lol, well if you’ve got them flaunt them i say lol x

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    Jun 10, 2013, 08.22 PMby vinia789

    Oh my I love your dresses….and the navy band is spot on I love it.u are rocking it:-)

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      Jun 10, 2013, 08.35 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks vinia, i love this pattern so much which is why i made two lol. I have to fight the urge to do a third as i have loads of other patterns i hav’nt used yet x

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    Jun 10, 2013, 08.20 PMby kisses

    Both dresses are lovely Mary and you look fab. The fabrics are very nice. I love this neckline also but like you I really don’t wear maxi dresses. It is so on my to do list.

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      Jun 10, 2013, 08.37 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks kisses, what i love about them is that they’re quite sexy but nothings really showing. You would suit this pattern so much. it looks good on curves x

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