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Denim Summer Dress

Added Apr 23, 2010

by sibeli

Copenhagen, Denmark






Making this dress was the most fun I ever had sewing :-) (Mainly because it came close to the “vision” I had in mind :-) The construction is quite simple, I used a Burda pattern (Amour fou blouse) to make the top and added some ruffles running from the front to the back. I connected the skirt (basic tulip shape) to the top with a wide elastic band and left it visible in the front.
As soon as it gets warm enough I’ll wear it on a night out :-D

Material Notes

Soft denim, elastic band, interfacing




Garment Type

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    Apr 22, 2011, 09.10 AMby shelley .

    Cute dress :)

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    Jan 1, 2011, 10.44 PMby prettyfascinated

    This dress is stunning, and your tattoo is really nice btw :)

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    Oct 2, 2010, 11.57 AMby BlancheOfArts

    Wow, this one goes to my favs, great job! <3

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    Sep 2, 2010, 05.40 AMby pumpkinpatches

    you did an incredible job! Looks awesome

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    Aug 25, 2010, 10.10 PMby Kelsey Edwards

    hi i am trying to make a ruffle top at the moment but have a few questions, i really like your ruffles on this dress and i was wondering if you could help me out. first of all the diameter for my circle is 32….. does that sound ok to you? what was the diameter for yours? and also do i need to add a seam allowance to my pattern and how do i sew it on? and lastly, how do i draw the outside curve? i would really appreciate your help!! :)

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      Aug 26, 2010, 07.21 AMby sibeli

      Hi Kelsey, I’ll try my best to explain, but my patterning skills are limited :-)
      Ok I started drawing a line on my pattern where the ruffle is supposed to go. (in my case from shoulder seam over the bust to the waist.) Then I cut along this line, creating two more seams in which you place the ruffles. So you have to add seam allowances to these new seam lines as well. Next I measured these new seams to determine the circumference of the inner ruffle circle. (for me it was 42 cm from shoulder seam to waist). Then you do some basic math 42cm:3.14=14.6cm. 14.6 is the diameter of the inner circle, divide this by two and you get the length you need for your compass and you can draw the inner circle.
      The outside curve I drew free-hand, just decide how wide you want the ruffle to be.
      In the end, you will have to cut 4 ruffles and sew them together at the widest part (where they will meet the shoulder seam). Also sew together all the other bodice parts at the shoulder, so you can encase the front and back ruffle in one long seam.

      Don’t know if that’s clear at all…If you want, I can mail you pics of my pattern, maybe that would help :-)

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      Aug 26, 2010, 07.24 AMby sibeli

      Also, have a look at this link: http://wkdesigner.wordpress.com/tag/blouse/
      There is a ruffle pattern there as well, it’s an armhole ruffle though, but there are some helpful drawings and lots of other good stuff :-)

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      Aug 30, 2010, 07.11 AMby Kelsey Edwards

      thanks so much for your help! i have finished constructing the pattern for the top and the ruffle with your help :) i am planning to make a mock up out of some scrap material and if i dont need to make any alterations then i will hopefully be making the real think next week! i will let you know when i am finished, thanks again for all your instructions, it was a great help!

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    Jul 18, 2010, 07.55 AMby Kelsey Edwards

    this is an absolutey BEAUTIFUL dress, you should be sooooo proud of yourself xD

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    Jul 1, 2010, 08.07 AMby charlotteauzou

    This the trendiest project I’ve ever seen on Burda Style ! Denim is awesome !

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    Jun 16, 2010, 10.31 AMby yoshimi

    What a gorgeous dress! I was about to tell that I love the fabric, but actually I love EVERYTHING about this dress…

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    May 8, 2010, 11.09 PMby lilybart

    So gorgeous! I love it :)

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    Apr 29, 2010, 02.27 PMby olgie

    Gorgeous dress! You look great in it! :)

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    Apr 26, 2010, 05.19 AMby mishu1

    Oooooh! I want this. What a great dress. Love the ruffles. And could you be any cuter in it????

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    Apr 24, 2010, 05.31 PMby Jasmine Iris Philbrick

    i adore this dress :]

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    Apr 24, 2010, 10.07 AMby chichil

    What a fantastic dress! It screams “designer” and “avant garde” in the good sense of the terms of course^^ I like it a lot.

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    Apr 24, 2010, 09.37 AMby ladysophie

    The ruffles are great! I always wondered how to get them!…maybe you could tell us?

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      Apr 26, 2010, 09.34 AMby sibeli

      Sorry for the delay, I uploaded a picture of the ruffle pattern. Basically, I determined the length of the ruffle and used this as the circumference to calculate the size of the circle (circumference/3.14=diameter). The smaller the, circle the “stronger” or more ruffly the ruffle gets. Hope that makes sense :-)

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      Apr 26, 2010, 11.13 PMby ladysophie

      Thanks for that Sibeli! Im not sure I understand but I will get it soon.

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      Apr 26, 2010, 11.15 PMby ladysophie

      ok after seeing the picture i think im gettting it more now. Thanks!

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    Apr 24, 2010, 03.14 AMby Ashlee Nemo

    you should give instructions for the ruffles b.c they are FAB

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      Apr 26, 2010, 09.35 AMby sibeli

      Sorry for the delay, I uploaded a picture of the ruffle pattern. Basically, I determined the length of the ruffle and used this as the circumference to calculate the size of the circle (circumference/3.14=diameter). The smaller the, circle the “stronger” or more ruffly the ruffle gets. Hope that makes sense :-)

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    Apr 23, 2010, 11.03 PMby marinaglory

    Love love love it! How did you cut the ruffles?

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    Apr 23, 2010, 10.34 PMby citycat

    I want this dress! =)

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    Apr 23, 2010, 07.22 PMby Olivia Anne

    this is so cute!! I want to make one now aha

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    Apr 23, 2010, 07.17 PMby emily-marie

    so cute! denim ruffles are the best ruffles :) a bunch of gold necklaces with this would be perfection!

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    Apr 23, 2010, 06.51 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    Gorgeous dress! well done! :-)

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    Apr 23, 2010, 06.05 PMby dilshadburman

    Very very cute!! Are the ruffles the same width throughout?

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    Apr 23, 2010, 05.39 PMby lizah

    I love it! the ruffles are great! and you looks great too ;)

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    Apr 23, 2010, 05.14 PMby fabricaddict

    That’s beautiful – I love it!!! those ruffles are amazing

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    Apr 23, 2010, 03.50 PMby mahaila

    Loving the ruffles!

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    Apr 23, 2010, 03.43 PMby seemane

    Love it! You should make more in other colours – red would look great on you :)

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    Apr 23, 2010, 03.37 PMby lepetithoot

    Such a cute dress! And you are GORGEOUS! You should be a model.

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    Apr 23, 2010, 03.32 PMby zhynee

    wow! what a lovely dress..nice fabric also..i love the flowy seleeves, it makes the dress unique.

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