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BurdaStyle A-line Tunic Dress in Liberty Westminster fabric

Added Oct 15, 2010

by Peter Lappin

New York, United...






I made this beautiful A-line tunic dress from BurdaStyle pattern #102 as part of a Burdastyle competition. The dress has a basic tunic shape, with tucks on either side of a front yoke that is closed with button loops and tiny shank buttons. It was fun to make and I love the way it came out.

I had never made button loops before and they were challenging but they look great and really give the dress an authentic “peasant” look. I am so fortunate that my lovely identical cousin Cathy was willing to model two different looks: bohemian folk singer and urban career woman! (Which do YOU prefer?)

More pics on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness.


Material Notes

I used a beautiful Westminster liberty art fabric (co-sponsors of the competition) designed by Kaffe Fassett and part of his paisley collection. The design is called “lozenge” in mint. It was a joy to work with, with lots of body and considerable drape.




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual

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    Nov 9, 2010, 09.48 PMby corinneski

    Maybe with power stilettos it might have been transformed to a corporate look but I prefer the casual, carefree look you’ve achieved. I’m about to make a blouse with lots of little pleats so you’ve inspired me to get on with it. Great work, Peter.

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    Oct 21, 2010, 06.29 PMby magdamagda

    Cathy does a great job modelling both, still the outfit looks more convincing when she poses as a folk singer… Peter on the other hand did a great job choosing the fabric and Burda patterns.. I hope Cathy gets a lot of occasions to wear this dress! (I hope Peter is not envious she looks so good in it while it was him who did all the work, after all as he says they are identical, so all compliments made to Cathy go to him too!)

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      Oct 21, 2010, 09.32 PMby Peter Lappin

      Thank you for recognizing MY contribution, Magda! ;)

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    Oct 21, 2010, 01.37 PMby kelepso

    I really prefer the Bohemian Folk Singer too. Good luck with the competition. You’re very fortunate to have participated.

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      Oct 21, 2010, 01.51 PMby Peter Lappin

      Thanks. It was a first for me.

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    Oct 20, 2010, 10.21 PMby Shalyn McFaul

    Gotta say, I think you’ve got my vote. I love it.

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    Oct 18, 2010, 07.28 AMby juebejue

    lol! peter, i concede in this competition. i love the bohemian look on cathy! great choice of fabric :) it was hard to tell that the fabric can be mellower from a distance wehn i was loooking at my choices online!

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      Oct 18, 2010, 06.22 PMby Peter Lappin

      Mine was one of the lighter ones and very difficult to photograph as a matter of fact. Essentially it’s quilting fabric.

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    Oct 17, 2010, 06.14 PMby nattyjane

    Your dress looks fantastic, great work on all those pleats! I agree that it’s fun to see what everyone else has made. I just checked out your blog too and I love the photo series you put together! Adding you to my blog lineup!

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    Oct 16, 2010, 03.58 PMby lizajane09

    Folk singer! What song is Cathy singing?

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      Oct 16, 2010, 11.49 PMby Peter Lappin

      Blowin’ in the Wind!

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    Oct 16, 2010, 03.40 PMby mausflee

    love the material and styling as well,nice!

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    Oct 16, 2010, 06.29 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    i love the folk singer, but it is difficult to choose! and your work is again, as allways just amazing! very nice dress….congrats!!

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    Oct 16, 2010, 06.13 AMby irmchen

    Sorry Peter – I am not able to concentrate your sewing work because of your amazing presentation. :-) Love the singer-photo!

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    Oct 16, 2010, 04.50 AMby wzrdreams

    Bohemian folk singer!

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      Oct 16, 2010, 11.42 AMby Peter Lappin

      Yea! Another for the folk singer!

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    Oct 15, 2010, 11.55 PMby gillthecat

    i like career cathy better , the hippy version she looks like a slightly odd drama teacher i used to have,, bit creepy,, nice frock ive been on the verge of making this,,cathy may have just made the case for the tunic,, she does love the camera !!!

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    Oct 15, 2010, 10.06 PMby cantare

    This does look great on her! ;) The color matches the style, as some fabrics simply do. Hm…I’d have to say the folk singer, tho she makes a BA career woman as well.

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    Oct 15, 2010, 09.14 PMby dosimon

    The folk singer, definitely!

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      Oct 15, 2010, 10.40 PMby Peter Lappin

      You really think so? LOL

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      Nov 5, 2010, 10.45 AMby dosimon

      @Peter Lappin, Yes, I do! The style of the dress is more hippy than business in my opinion and the flower+hat nicely outline the colour of the garment.

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