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Chelsea Girl Dress

Added Jul 13, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






The Chelsea Girl Dress is a fusion of two of BurdaStyle’s most popular patterns: The Theresa dress and the the Sidonie variation 2 skirt. The combination of the Theresa top and Sidonie skirt on the bottom create a lovely dress you can wear from day into night.

Named after our Kent State Fashion Design intern, Chelsea fused the two patterns together and, quite impressively, sewed the dress up in a navy imitation charmeuse. We used the matte side of the fabric for the body of the dress and skirt, and utilized the shiny side to accentuate the ruffles and pleats.

A complete tutorial was created to help you make your own Chelsea Girl dress, with or without the ruffles and pleats, it’s a sure hit.

Material Notes

2 1/2 – 2 3/4 yards (2,20 – 2,45 m.) self, interfacing for armholes and invisible zipper.



Related Techniques


Garment Type
Bohemian, Business, Classic, Evening Wear
Cotton, Blends, Silk


Model & Creator

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    Mar 12, 2011, 07.18 PMby lookingsewgood

    In response to something Chelsea said about not being sure the neckline flatters large bust; I think this neckline does flatter a large bust, as long as the edge of the shoulders/scapula are uncovered. I don’t know why, I have 2 dresses very similar and I feel great in them. issues with proportions really confuse me.

    I agree with other posters that you look great!!! were you featured in a magazine recently? having a bit of dejavu.

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    Jul 23, 2010, 08.37 PMby alisondahl

    I loved this project… In regards to the fabric of this dress, I had to use something we had left over in our fabric closet, and that’s where the navy charmeuse came in. I like how the ruffles on the top and bottom are accentuated by the sheen of the charmeuse and think it adds depth to the silhouette. I admire a girl who isn’t afraid to spotlight her femininity with ruffles or volume in skirt. More power to them! Lookin’ good Chelsea!

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    Jul 21, 2010, 04.37 PMby sewhotmommi

    Actually, I like the dress. It’s youthful and creative. It’s the ruffled panel of the front and the continued centered panel of the skirt that get the emphasis, not to pleats to the side. You would have to be careful however, where you position those pleats according to your own body type.

    If I were to make this dress, I would eliminate the ruffles on the top and substitute some vertical pin tucks to compliment the skirt treatment. I’d probably widen the bodice attachment to the neckband. Then I’d use some nice cottons or challis to make it more of a day wear dress.

    Kudos to Chelsea for a job well done and for having such a cute figure.

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    Jul 21, 2010, 03.18 PMby mariannav

    If I wanted my hips and upper thighs to look larger then they are, this would be the dress. Especially with that shiny fabric for emphasis. What were you thinking? This doesn’t flatter any figure even the lovely young model.

    When you design a garment it isn’t just important to make it interesting and unique it HAS to flatter.

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    Jul 21, 2010, 03.13 PMby mojo elgin

    very pretty!

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    Jul 21, 2010, 09.27 AMby Geeky Seamstress

    THANK GOD! YES Beautiful :-) a genuine re-imagining, I dont like either of those previous dresses but this one is great!

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    Jul 21, 2010, 09.03 AMby handmadebyfreya

    I think this is a really lovely dress, very well made and compliments your figure completely. I really like how you’ve got two for the price of one on the fabric. It’s a really inspiring project – Keep up the good work!

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    Jul 21, 2010, 12.10 AMby kiraph

    This dress looks beautiful, it has been sewn up with care and the fit is amazingly well done.

    I think where it falls down a little is the use of the shiny side of the charmuese for the pleated section. I was always a little on the fence with the sidonie skirt and have never made it because I thought that it would make me look hipper than I already am. The bottom half of this dress has just confirmed my suspicions. Your eye line goes straight to her hips and even though she is tiny, it really accentuates the hip area. I don’t know if it would look better if the skirt wasn’t so hip-hugging?

    Anyway, all that aside, I still think the idea is worthy and in essentials it has been well executed.

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      Jul 21, 2010, 03.58 PMby itssimplychelsea

      Hey Kiraph,
      To be fair, I do have a very small waist in comparison to my hips and bust (I’m the model and I sewed the dress) and this dress was made a size smaller than mine, so it kinda squeezed into it.. Thanks for the compliments though, I really appreciate it.

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      Jul 24, 2010, 02.09 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

      Hi itssimplychelsea.

      I think you did an amazing job on that dress! It’s beautifully made and the idea of putting two separate garnments together like that, is great!


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    Jul 20, 2010, 09.53 PMby froglegs

    I am very impressed with the two patterns together and your choice of fabric. Great idea. Love it.

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    Jul 20, 2010, 09.09 PMby kathrynfromtopeka

    This dress is awesome. You are so talented! Look forward to seeing more of your designs!

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      Jul 21, 2010, 04.17 PMby itssimplychelsea

      Thank you! I can’t wait to get back to school with my sewing machine and dress form!

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    Jul 20, 2010, 08.47 PMby citrin

    Wow, very nice! :-)

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      Jul 20, 2010, 09.34 PMby ninoiv

      yes verry bice dress , but it will be so kind with silk cloth in white color
      thanks for all

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    Jul 20, 2010, 08.23 PMby vanella

    This looks absolutely gorgeous on her, it flatters her figure perfectly. I’ve always been hesitant to try a ruffle but now I think I’ll have to give it a try. Really amazing work. :)

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      Jul 20, 2010, 08.39 PMby itssimplychelsea

      thanks so much, i thought i looked a bit silly…
      i like the ruffle, it’s just the high neckline that i’m not sure suits my figure.

      you should definitely try it! ruffles are fun and easy!

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    Jul 20, 2010, 07.53 PMby littlepinkkiwi

    This is beautifully fitted, it looks gorgeous

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    Jul 20, 2010, 07.40 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    this dress. IS AWESOME.

    awesome, awesome AWESOME.

    so creative, and really vavavoom. i love the marriage of the ruffles and pleats, it creates such an interesting silhouette and texture. well freaking done!!!

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    Jul 20, 2010, 06.09 PMby JCM Collections

    Sorry, but the person that selected this dress was wrong becuase ruffles and pleats do not go together. The firt patter has a circular skirt that makes waves when the fabric drapes dawn, but pleats don’t. there always has to be asyncronization and balance on the design. you have to know very wellabout pattern making and fashion trends

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      Jul 20, 2010, 09.06 PMby kathrynfromtopeka

      Chelsea shows how ruffles and pleats do go together! She’s going to have a long and successful career in fashion imho!!

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    Jul 20, 2010, 04.15 PMby candicej

    Well, I would never have thought these two patterns would merge into one so beautifully. I really love everything about it.

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    Jul 20, 2010, 02.02 PMby squirrellypoo

    Great idea! I love playing with the “right” and “wrong” sides of charmeuse. This reminds me of my navy blue tuxedo I made a few years ago… http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/tuxedo-inspired-trouser-suit?image=1185

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    Jul 19, 2010, 05.22 PMby dryadart

    the dress and the model are both beautiful, i love the creative use both sides of the fabric

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      Jul 19, 2010, 06.17 PMby itssimplychelsea

      you have to say that, you’re my mom! thank you though momma!

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      Jul 19, 2010, 10.58 PMby dryadart

      Well I do have to say that you are beautiful, but the dress is pretty stunning too. I am so glad that you are getting to use all your fashion “skills” there at Burda and I hope you are learning tons of really useful stuff too!

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    Jul 19, 2010, 05.05 PMby candroid007

    This is fantastic! Gorgeous!

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    Jul 19, 2010, 04.34 PMby mathildeaparis

    Beautifull! It’s a very good idea, this two patterns together!

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