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Drop Waist Corset Dress

Added Sep 7, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






The TV series Mad Men has taken classic fashion lovers for a ride. Today’s dress, derived from the Margarete top, would fit right in to an office party at Sterling Cooper— or on the streets of New York city in high style. Conceived by the talented BurdaStyle member embaby, this week she’ll show you how to draft your own drop waist dress, and march in vintage-inspired style.

“I’ve chosen to do a 50s drop waist for this dress. Instead of piping, I used ric-rac for the top of the bodice. I’ve also added sewable boning and padding to the original design. The fabrics are from Ikea- autumn hues of camel and grey. I made mine out of cotton since its summer all year round at the equator but the use of cord, wool blend for this dress will be perfect for autumn.”

We <3 it! If you want to win Adey’s dress, visit her blog for the giveaway details!

Material Notes

1 yard for the bodice, 2 ½ to 3 yards for the skirt (depending on length)
Ric rac or piping
Sewable boning
18” invisible zipper
Interfacing (if you are using a light weight fabric) for pieces 1, 2 and 6



Related Techniques


Garment Type
Business, Classic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends


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    Sep 25, 2010, 02.03 AMby papayo-azul

    Buen trabajo se te ve genial, me gusta los colores que elegistes

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    Sep 13, 2010, 07.57 PMby Damian Sawicki

    Lovely! Like a young Yoko Ono ;)

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    Sep 10, 2010, 09.39 AMby bazylka

    I love it ;) but I am affraid that for a E-cup big girl it would not look so lovely ;(

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      Sep 12, 2010, 10.20 PMby nazmiehm

      aww, but thats the same thing i thought for myself….when ever there’s a breast cup piece, it usually spells disaster for me. but the dress is gorgeous!

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    Sep 8, 2010, 04.45 PMby carolinam

    Very lovely. the top is amazing. This is needed to get that perfect fit.

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    Sep 8, 2010, 05.04 AMby smallone

    Was thinking that is an awesome fit!!……

    only by going to instructions did I see that this is extremely well constructed. I encourage all to do the same as there in lies a whole host of great tips and techniques on padding and boning and constructing this to get that same great finish and fit.

    Thanks guys!! ….. while I may not make this exact garment…will be using some of those techniques for sure…top to this would make great undies in some lovely fabric and trim.

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      Sep 8, 2010, 04.27 PMby burdastyle

      We just added a few more detail shots to this page so the detail of construction can really be seen— she really did a great job!

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      Sep 9, 2010, 03.54 PMby smallone

      Thanks that really shows it in its true light…looks lovely on but it sooo well done it looks simple :) …..worth highlighting the wonderful construction was getting lost

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    Sep 8, 2010, 04.35 AMby madling

    very lovely did you made that top as well?

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