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Charcoal Tulip Dress

Added Jan 9, 2010

by pinkswizzles...

London, United K...






My new year’s resolution is to sew at least one item of clothing a month – and use up some of my massive fabric store. This is January.

I’ve been after a simple shift dress pattern for a while. They are so handy for work. I love this one from the August 2009 issues of the Burda magazine. It’s the simple plain top half and the gathered tulip style skirt.

The fabric was originally bought to be a shift dress, then I was looking at it possibly for a suit but I didn’t have enough material, so it was back to being a dress.

During this project I finally learned how to put an invisible zip in so that it looks pretty invisible. That and the more sewing I do, the neater things are starting to look. They’re still not perfect but they are all vast improvements on earlier projects.

Material Notes

Polyester suiting




Garment Type
Business, Classic



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    Jan 19, 2010, 06.46 PMby mudinfedi

    wow….wish i could do that. I plan to sew at least 1 item a month this year too, but i am quite lazy. I am waiting for some burda magazines i bought from ebay, so i could sew a dress.

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    Jan 13, 2010, 06.24 AMby jwick5

    It is very classic- well done!

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    Jan 10, 2010, 10.36 AMby latulipenoire

    That’s a good resolution, and executed so nicely! I, too, have a massive fabric hoard that needs to be thinned a bit. I plan on making this dress but I’m not sure about making it in grey.

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    Jan 10, 2010, 04.53 AMby nettie

    Ok! I am tracing this pattern tomorrow. Another great version here!! If you don’t mind me asking, which size do you make?

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    Jan 9, 2010, 10.49 PMby ichigogirl

    Classy. And great New-Years resolution!

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    Jan 9, 2010, 07.25 PMby soozy

    Your dress looks fantastic! Very well made

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    Jan 9, 2010, 06.01 PMby wzrdreams

    Excellent dress! I’ve been trying to decide between this pattern & the other dress from that issue. Your version is great. Did you lengthen it? I thought it was for a petite, which is part of my hesitation (I am tall).

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      Jan 10, 2010, 09.56 PMby pinkswizzlestick

      It’s a regular length pattern (I think it’s the suit that’s the petite), though I did add a couple of inches to the skirt length as I couldn’t see how long it was in the picture and I wanted it on the knee at least.

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    Jan 9, 2010, 04.39 PMby teamydear


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    Jan 9, 2010, 04.00 PMby calicocouture

    I love the classic shape. The pleats add a fun detail. Very pretty!

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    Jan 9, 2010, 03.33 PMby vanessa

    Well done! The pleats are lovely and the fabric choice is right on. I look forward to seeing your other projects this year.

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    Jan 9, 2010, 03.20 PMby elaine-bin

    The dress is lovely !!!! A great style and looks very elegant, especially like the pleats.

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    Jan 9, 2010, 02.39 PMby fairytale-thirteen

    Massive fabric store, umm that rings a bell! Love the dress it really suits you – great sewing x

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    Jan 9, 2010, 12.57 PMby Jodi Wade

    I just came on here looking for ideas for a winter dress. What perfect timing for you to upload your dress! It’s gorgeous! Those pleats are beautiful.

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    Jan 9, 2010, 12.44 PMby flosiepoos

    That’s lovely, will look great with opaques and boots, too! Looks really professional, well done!

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