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"BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern Contest 2013" cut out lace...

Added Feb 14, 2013

by mahaila

Berlin, Germany






Lately, I have been wanting to experiment and push myself in terms of creating some interesting looks. I have been inspired by the laser cut lace style dresses that have been around for the past year or so and thought that I would do my own version of it. So when I saw the Jamie Shift Dress pattern, I knew that it would be perfect fot this lace cut technique.
1. The first step was to cut out the shift dress pattern with tulle.
2. Designed and adapted a jacquard style pattern for this particular dress.
3. Created a stencil and traced the pattern onto the black fabric
4. Carefully cut out the jacquard pattern and sewed the darts on both fabrics (tulle & black fabric)
5. After it was all cut out, I matched the darts on the tulle and black then pinned it all.
6. Sewed the cut out piece onto the tulle. That is the front section done.
7. The back is an inverted version of the front, so I arranged the cut out pieces on the back tulle piece.
8. Pinned and sewed the back pieces on.
9. Sewed front and back pieces together and finished edges (e.g. neckline)
10. Utilised the Jamie Shift Dress pattern to make the under garment with a soft coloured chiffon

11. Photo taking time! Luckily it had snowed lightly the other day, so we thought that it would be a good idea to bear the cold and take photos amongst the white surroundings! Unfortunately I couldn’t get our usual images from film ready in time, so we had to rely on the few digital images that we had taken. The film one’s will hopefully be ready soon:) Fickle Sense

Material Notes

Tulle & Light woven blend & chiffon




Garment Type
Blends, Tulle

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    Apr 9, 2014, 05.52 AMby ginaminton

    Wow… amazing dress.

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    Mar 23, 2014, 02.32 PMby trploceanmoon

    So amazing!! I am in love with this dress!! Great location for pictures too!

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    May 25, 2013, 09.35 AMby Karen Wainwright

    I babbled on about this above, so now I need to ask how do I add this as a favourite, please?

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    Mar 1, 2013, 12.32 AMby notdeadredhead

    The awesome level of this dress is so off the charts that a new scaling system will have to developed! :^D Incredible job! I salute your patience and creativity! :^D

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    Feb 27, 2013, 07.32 AMby milkyway

    I dont understand why you didnt win!! your work is amazing original and well constructed. As always dissapointment results on this site where the elaborated pieces are dimining the simple and common are featured! you are a real winner love your job!!

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      Feb 28, 2013, 02.36 PMby kelerabeus

      I’m totally with you on this! This dress was by the far the best one in the competition, IMHO.

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    Feb 24, 2013, 04.02 AMby acraigie

    Absolutely amazing. Stunning and classic.

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      Feb 24, 2013, 08.33 AMby mahaila

      Thanks heaps for the lovely comment:)

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    Feb 23, 2013, 07.31 PMby anabella68

    u are the winner!!!! love ur dress and the workmanship too all of it!!!! wow wow wow u are the winner on my side!!!

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      Feb 24, 2013, 08.33 AMby mahaila

      ha ha. With all of these lovely comments from fellow sewers (like you!), I am already a winner in my books! Thanks for your kind words:)

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    Feb 22, 2013, 05.48 PMby imvisible

    Beautifully! Great combination of vintage and modern look. Hope you win!

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      Feb 24, 2013, 08.32 AMby mahaila

      Thanks for your kind words!

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    Feb 22, 2013, 02.34 PMby jomamajo

    Crazy and unique….very, very creative with eloquent….beautifully designed with simplicity!

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      Feb 24, 2013, 08.32 AMby mahaila

      Thanks heaps for the positive feedback!

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    Feb 22, 2013, 01.07 PMby Ravince

    WOW !!!!!! so lovely and creative. shows every single effort you put in this. i hope i’ll be patient enough to try this out. its just so beautiful :)

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      Feb 24, 2013, 08.31 AMby mahaila

      Thanks! It did take a little bit of patience, but it was some how relaxing:) thanks for the feedback!

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    Feb 22, 2013, 07.07 AMby everynothing

    Wow, this is brilliant. I was wondering where you could possibly find such amazing fabric! And now I know you just have to make it. lovely…

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      Feb 22, 2013, 08.01 AMby mahaila

      Thanks for the feedback! It took a while to design, cut and sew… but it was worth it in the end. Thanks for the feedback:)

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      May 25, 2013, 09.32 AMby Karen Wainwright

      I’m with you on that! The closest you could get, I think, would be to upload the pattern and print on Spoonflower.

      But this is so superior to printed! I thought it was flocked or burnout before I looked at your whole project.

      Really impressive work and attention to the details. I love the model (you?) in the snow, also!

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    Feb 22, 2013, 04.02 AMby fayettebelle

    Brilliant! You got my vote!

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      Feb 22, 2013, 08.00 AMby mahaila

      Thanks for your support:)

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    Feb 22, 2013, 01.17 AMby sunny74

    Absolutely stunning.

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      Feb 22, 2013, 07.58 AMby mahaila

      Thanks for the positive feedback:)

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    Feb 21, 2013, 09.25 PMby mlsgaillard

    LOVE the cutout/lace work.

    Two questions:

    1. what type of fabric is the black? 2. did you hand or machine stitch the black to the tulle?

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      Feb 22, 2013, 07.58 AMby mahaila

      I bought the black a while ago at a market, so I am not exactly sure what they called the fabric…. but it seems as though it is a woven fabric, made out of synthetic fibers. It is medium to light weight and I knew that it would do the job for this project as it does not fray a great deal. So I would be searching for a fabric which does not fray. I will be writing about this on my blog within the coming days, so you can find more info on my blog www.fickelsense.com if you are interested:)

      Regarding sewing it. I started to sew it with my machine, then decided that some parts needed to be hand sewn. The hand sewing was not working out too well, so I went back to sewing on my machine. So the whole thing is pretty much machine stitched.

      Thanks for the questions and feedback:)

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    Feb 21, 2013, 02.21 PMby velvetribbon

    This is amazing work.

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      Feb 22, 2013, 07.51 AMby mahaila

      Thanks! It took a while, but I am glad I finished it in time:)

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    Feb 20, 2013, 04.11 PMby Lili Marteau

    that’s the nicest dress I saw for long… and I just finished to look through 3 big Vogue magazines… elle est sublimissime, j’adore, bravo!!!!!!!! (sorry, when things matter it’s easier for me to express them in french!)

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      Feb 22, 2013, 07.50 AMby mahaila

      Oh, Thanks so much. I will take compliments in any language:) Danke schön!

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    Feb 20, 2013, 10.56 AMby gwendestar

    This is wonderfull !! It’s an amazing work ! A piece of art and poetry.

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      Feb 22, 2013, 07.48 AMby mahaila

      Wow! No one has ever used those words to describe my work. Thanks for your wonderful words.

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    Feb 20, 2013, 10.12 AMby krice

    I didn’t see this project until the finalists were announced. It’s a great dress, so creative and flawlessly put together! I’m not usually a fan of shift dresses, but this one is absolutely stunning! Need I say you get my vote? I think you, out of all the talented people in the finale, really deserve to win – if only to create stunning and inspiring pieces for the rest of us to see! Well done and good luck!

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      Feb 22, 2013, 07.47 AMby mahaila

      Thanks so much for your encouraging words and I am glad that the piece is inspirational:)

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    Feb 20, 2013, 08.27 AMby Karin Sicheritz

    It’s awesome! Great work! You made my day!

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      Feb 22, 2013, 07.46 AMby mahaila

      Aww! What a nice comment. Thanks for the feedback!

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    Feb 20, 2013, 02.22 AMby jesster348

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Amazing, looks so flawlessly put together, congrats!

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      Feb 20, 2013, 08.19 AMby mahaila

      Thanks so much for the feedback!

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    Feb 20, 2013, 12.45 AMby MissJoBananas

    I was looking through all the entries and thought that I had picked the one I was going to vote for, but your dress was the very last one on the list and I knew immediately you had to win. Fingers crossed for you. Absolutely divine dress! Brilliant technique. You have a marvelous talent.

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      Feb 20, 2013, 08.18 AMby mahaila

      Ohhh… thanks so much for the vote and great feedback. Much appreciated!

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    Feb 19, 2013, 10.09 PMby buddingnaturalist

    This is beautiful and my favourite of the lot (of contestants for the Burdastyle VM contest). Fingers crossed that you win-you’ve got the style and obviously worked your @$$ off on this! Cheers.

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      Feb 20, 2013, 08.17 AMby mahaila

      Thanks. It did take me quite a while to finish… but it wasn’t as tedious as I had initially thought. Thanks for the vote & feedback!

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    Feb 19, 2013, 09.41 PMby Jodi Wade

    Gorgeous! I will vote for you. So much work! How you managed to take photos outside in the cold I have no idea.

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      Feb 20, 2013, 08.15 AMby mahaila

      ha ha… it was pretty cold, but I am used to taking photos in the cold, I suppose that is what sometimes comes with living in Europe. Thanks for the vote and it’s great to hear from you:)

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    Feb 19, 2013, 09.19 PMby heatherlou


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    Feb 19, 2013, 09.17 PMby wzrdreams

    This is so very amazing. Congratulations. May I ask what your stencil is made out of?

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      Feb 20, 2013, 08.13 AMby mahaila

      Hi, the black fabric is a woven blend, so it does not fray much. The initial stencil is a water proof tracing paper. I hope this answers your question. Thanks!

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    Feb 18, 2013, 10.05 PMby candyjoyce

    This is beautiful, you look lovely in it.

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      Feb 20, 2013, 08.09 AMby mahaila

      Thanks! for your lovely feedback.

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    Feb 17, 2013, 05.22 AMby chillwear

    So amazing, wonder if I could pull this idea off :-)

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      Feb 18, 2013, 07.13 PMby mahaila

      Thanks! I am sure you can pull it off also.

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    Feb 16, 2013, 04.19 PMby groovymama

    This is stunning!!!

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      Feb 18, 2013, 07.12 PMby mahaila

      Thanks for the feedback:)

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    Feb 16, 2013, 03.31 PMby Sara Álvarez

    This is absolutely stunning. Such a great job!

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      Feb 18, 2013, 07.12 PMby mahaila

      Thanks so much!

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    Feb 16, 2013, 03.05 PMby barmaglot

    Absolutely fantastic!! Perfect dress and terrific presentation with a snowy trees background. Just a piece of art. Bravo! I can’t imagine how you sewed the cut out pieces on the tulle.. that must be a hard work.. And I didn’t get it: you sewed the darts on the black fabric after jacquard pattern has been cut out?

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      Feb 18, 2013, 07.12 PMby mahaila

      The darts were a good reference point, I sewed the darts on the black and I sewed the tulle darts. So I had the 2 separate fabrics. I then matched them up and sewed the black onto the tulle so that the design sat right. I hope this makes sense. Thanks for the positive feedback!

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