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dress and bolero jacket from burda international 1991

Added Oct 15, 2012

by Mary Athey

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i was having a look through my old burda mags the other day, i bought loads on ebay!!! and came across this pinafore dress and matching jacket! it looked like nothing made up but the line drawing made me think hummmmm i could make this and omit the blouse for a modern take!! the fabric i choose was lovely, its black and cream with a gold embossed flower on it. i’ll make one in plain fabric one day to show of all the lovely dart detail on both dress and jacket as you can’t see it to much on the patterned fabric. i loved wearing this x

Material Notes

stretch jersey
heavy knitted black jersey for the lining




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear
Knits/Jersey, Suiting, Taffeta, Velvet

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    Oct 17, 2012, 02.30 AMby sewneenee

    fab dress, love your fabric choice and the back!

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      Oct 17, 2012, 05.24 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you for the lovely comment. Its my favourite dress at the moment!! well until i make the next one that is lol x

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    Oct 16, 2012, 05.05 AMby calicia-1

    That’s a sexy back!

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      Oct 16, 2012, 06.56 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you for the fab comment x

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    Oct 16, 2012, 01.16 AMby MissCorsetLizz

    Another gorgeous dress and jacket!!! Looooove the fabric!!! Love your work!!! :-D

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      Oct 16, 2012, 06.55 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much. it came to.gether so well i.m making another lol x

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    Oct 15, 2012, 09.22 PMby fashionfreek

    Excellent work Mary:-D

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      Oct 15, 2012, 09.25 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks for your lovely comment x

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    Oct 15, 2012, 06.49 PMby Debbie Alli

    Great work Mary – I love it!!! Re the bra, maybe you could either make/buy some longer length straps so that they cross over at the back? There are often little packs of magic gadgets in the lingerie dept of department stores :) And I’m a fan of retro Burda mags too – I somehow managed to get rid of a large collection of Miss B Magazines years ago and I’m gradually rebuilding my collection. Still haven’t found the one with my most cherished pattern of all time tho – I’ll keep searching! x

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      Oct 15, 2012, 07.12 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi debbie. thanks for your lovely comment. i actually lengthened the straps on a bra to wear with backless numbers and had left it out to wear with this. it was’nt suitable though as you could see part of the back strap!! i ended up wearing a strapeless bra which was ok but i might look into making a bodysuit the same shape as the dress?? theres actually a few in these old mags and it explains how to make the top section bra like. I bet you feel awful getting rid of the mags. i.ve a couple of them mags. keep looking. xx

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      Oct 15, 2012, 08.23 PMby Debbie Alli

      Ooh a bodysuit could be a plan! Good thinking. And yes – devestated re the mags. But gradually building it up again – they’re just so rare. A girl in France was selling some last week but at £8 each postage??!! It couldn’t be justified!

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    Oct 15, 2012, 04.54 PMby Trudy McGrath

    LOOOOOVE THE DRESS!!! and especially love the pattern…your lady friends must be jealous as hell about your wardrobe :D

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      Oct 15, 2012, 05.00 PMby Mary Athey

      They are lol. i.ve recently turned the box room into a dressing room with rails etc lol. its basic at the moment but i.m going to do it very girly. I just love sewing and plan more. i.m going to make some tartan jackets for my daughter and me next .a blazer for her and a cape for me. just waiting on the fabric x

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    Oct 15, 2012, 03.33 PMby carolientje

    i love your dress :-)))

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      Oct 15, 2012, 03.53 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you for the lovely comment. its one of my favoutite"s as well x

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    Oct 15, 2012, 03.24 PMby camelia db

    Mary , both the dress and the jacket are lovely. The fabric is also really nice. And everything is even more great with your smile . You look really great in this. xxx

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      Oct 15, 2012, 03.52 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much. i’m really into the little coats abd boleros now. i love the fact that the dress just looked like a plain shift dress until i took the bolero jacket of x

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    Oct 15, 2012, 01.49 PMby kisses

    Mary your dress is lovely…I so love the back. This is indeed retro but you made it look so modern. I must ask are you wearing a bra with this??? Oh, the fabric is nice and it fits you well

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      Oct 15, 2012, 01.55 PMby Mary Athey

      If you check out the page with the line drawings you.l l see a dress with a curved wiggley bodice. i.ve doing it next. yea i ve a bra on ( i.n to old for au natural now lol) i wore a strapless bra with it. i might adapt the bra i wore with it so i can use the straps?? Any.ideas?? X

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