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Fatina Puff Dress Variation

Added Sep 14, 2009

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






We have added a pattern with a puff sleeve and lace yokes so you can make your Fatina Dress into a beautiful evening dress. Have fun!

Material Notes

Taffeta, with an invisible zipper.



Related Techniques


Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic



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    Dec 29, 2010, 03.28 AMby Daniel Parker

    Working on using this pattern right now!

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    May 14, 2010, 08.29 AMby wishofhappiness

    i love it! its very high fashion yet sophisicated! lovely :)

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    Jan 31, 2010, 12.18 PMby dexter84

    love it :x

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    Dec 8, 2009, 06.50 PMby Lauaaa Night

    I love this dress….. This is on my to do list! Will post a pic when im done!

    Once again….. LOVE IT

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    Oct 14, 2009, 06.52 PMby humanbrains

    A simple idea, people – if you don’t like it, don’t buy it. No need to beat up on Burdastyle because a new pattern doesn’t suit your taste or figure. If another member put up a pattern and you didn’t like it, I would hope you would just hold your tongue if you didn’t have any actual constructive criticism. I just get really tired of all the negativity around here.

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    Oct 2, 2009, 11.16 PMby nehozack

    Really? Who could actually wear this and not get laughed at unless they were on a runway? I am hoping that one of our talented memebrs will take this idea, run with it and sew a puff sleeve dress that is actually wearable.

    That being said… Love the insets, but fortunately I can draft them into the orginal pattern. I also like that we are getting to see different ways of altering our patterns… I’m just not sure this particular one was needed!

    As always, thank you for the patterns… if not for actual use, at least for amusement… which lately seems to be more and more the case. Don’t be a slave to fashion trends… there are ways to be current and flattering… which will earn more compliments and more people buying the patterns.

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    Sep 21, 2009, 09.41 PMby dschudie

    uuuh yeah! thats real fashion! :-*

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    Sep 19, 2009, 08.42 AMby safemme

    I absolutely love this version – except for the puff sleeves. Those just aren’t doing it for me. (:

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    Sep 17, 2009, 02.36 PMby mevrouwgordon

    Is it just me or is this remarkably similar to the prom dress Molly Ringwald made for herself in Pretty in Pink?

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      Jul 15, 2010, 10.47 PMby lonestarcasie

      That is what I immediately thought of when I saw this. It just needs a higher neck. What about prom, BLAINE!!!

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    Sep 17, 2009, 04.40 AMby sewverytall

    I think the lace inserts are really a good idea [albeit many people could make this change on their on], and changes this dress to a more formal or party look. I bet that many of the people who are unhappy about this sleeve, would’ve been happier if a normal sleeve pattern was also included. Adding a sleeve makes it so this pattern can be used for fall and winter dresses too, using all sorts of fabrics.

    To those who gripe about prices…learn how to draft a pattern! Then decide how much money YOU would charge to do this for every size…believe me, you’d find BS prices to be quite reasonable. I know because I draft all my own patterns. Just my 2 cents.

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    Sep 16, 2009, 09.06 PMby ruudee81

    i think the dress would look better without the sleeves…..but there again, there’d be no point in this pattern. i really can’t imagine anyone seriously walking down the street in this and not getting funny looks?? catwalk only maybe? or maybe it’s because i live in Newcastle?

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    Sep 16, 2009, 07.30 PMby tika1210

    I like the colour and I like the backless vibe that is always especially cool and the back can be every inch as sexy as the bust, but boy those sleeves for my money they are too hard to wear unless you have very thin arms and no shoulders they don’t look pretty. I would make this in a plus size (I have swimmers shoulders) with a nice fitted three quarter length sleeve which with the lace inserts would look very grown up.

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    Sep 16, 2009, 05.05 PMby spiderlily

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I lOVE the lace insets and the color……. Good job!

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    Sep 16, 2009, 05.02 PMby spiderlily

    Hey Burdastyle, You should use one of my design submissions for something a little more modern….. wink wink :) I see where you were going with this sleeve idea, I think scaled down and made with tucks rather than gathers it would have been less disliked.

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    Sep 16, 2009, 03.49 PMby hannnc

    This is so weird.. i saw a really cool backless shift dress on Gossip Girl and thought that the Fatina could work for it.. and then you bring out a backless version! Thanks for the confidence.. though i’m not sure i’d suit it yet. ONE DAY ill give it a try :)

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    Sep 16, 2009, 03.45 AMby esrasez

    I like it, especially the back and the 80’s vibe! I think it’s great to see what you can do so a simple pattern such as Fatina to give it a bit of pizazz!

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    Sep 15, 2009, 11.25 PMby pixelink

    This is a really beautiful variation for evening, however the puffs are too heavy for my liking, I would turn them into either cap or smaller princess sleeves. I think all the patterns / variations on BS are bargains, I’m definitely not grumbling!

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    Sep 15, 2009, 10.30 PMby elyzampa

    I can’t understand why are you all so ungry about this dress! I use to look for new ideas on BS and I think this is a great dress. It doesn’t matter if it’s only a variation, I like it, it made my mind works on new projects! And if it’s a problem to spend 2,50$ on a variation pattern you can learn how to variate a basic one, it’s easier than you think! ;)

    p.s. I don’t think BS posted this only to get quick cash, this is really ridiculous!

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    Sep 15, 2009, 09.46 PMby somecandytalkin

    When will BS stop trying to bring back the eighties? Let them die! I check every week for a modern, edgy pattern but we never get anything wearable anymore.

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    Sep 15, 2009, 05.49 PMby skwarynia

    Well, pattern is OK, very interesting indeed. But not for me and i guess not for members-it’s for really fashion obsessed maniacs or for the runway cause these puff sleves really deform feminine silhuette… And I agree with others that ANOTHER variation of Fatina is too much. I think that the concept was to add every week something INSPIRING, TOTALLY NEW AND ACCENTING OUR CUVRES. Anyway I like this, but it has nothing to do with me. Puffs-they are great but if they are more delicate:) And I agree with other users: if this a variation it should be a how-to. Please think about adding some military jacket or top:) Greetings

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    Sep 15, 2009, 04.33 PMby ncn6

    I really like that Burdastyle often shows different variations of the same pattern — it makes me look twice at some patterns that I would have never sewn otherwise. That said, I was a little disappointed to see another variation of the Fatina, too… with two regular variations, two plus and now a sleeve variation, I’m feeling a bit of Fatina overload. But perhaps this means that there’s something new and fabulous in the works? Maybe a nice fall jacket? Evenings are starting to get chilly in upstate NY!

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    Sep 15, 2009, 02.38 PMby wzrdreams

    Wow. Well, I love the lace insert and I enjoy seeing how Burdastyle does different variations on a pattern/theme. The fabric choices used are always so much better than anything I see on a big 4 pattern envelope (Vogue included!) so I don’t mind seeing another Fatina, although I was hoping for something really new.

    As for those sleeves…. again, wow! :) I have to disagree that puff sleeves are hot this fall. They’re not! I think a strong sculpted shoulder (a la Balmain) is really interesting and of the moment, but this puff sleeve is a too balloon shaped.

    Other than that, I’m still skeptical about the fit of either pattern, and not being able to decide which pattern to buy is a problem. I want the regular Missy size and the Plus darts. It there was a package deal (I’m echoing other commenters here) I would totally buy this pattern.

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      Sep 15, 2009, 07.28 PMby benedikta

      Hi Wrzrdreams,

      We are unfortunately not able to offer package deals solely from a technical point. We can’t offer combined products with our system.

      Sorry about that!

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    Sep 15, 2009, 02.00 PMby benedikta

    Wow, you guys really hate that dress! :( I loved it! We can’t always get it right, I guess. It certainly won’t be quick cash for it’s $2.50, considering the fact that we make the pattern, grade it, sew up a sample, get materials, sew it up again and have it shot in a photoshoot. I just thought it was a cool, especially to see how you can change completely the look of a dress. Thanks for the Feedback anyway!

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      Sep 15, 2009, 07.45 PMby camilaustral

      i think that now that most patters are ¿charged? members feel more obligation to criticize (sometimes constructive criticism sometimes not).

      when the patterns were free they really didn’t mind the patterns were very good or regular.

      in spanish: a caballo regalado no se le mira el diente.
      i don’t know the traduction of that, but means that when you get something for free, you don’t get too picky.

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    Sep 15, 2009, 11.26 AMby stephiaffi

    Another Fatina Variation?! And a very ridiculous looking one!

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    Sep 15, 2009, 10.44 AMby norah

    I agree with everyone -I used to look forward to Mondays /Tuesdays in the UK but not now . This pattern is really just a way for Burda to raise some quick cash. -but I think everybody is now wise to this. My 14 yr. old daughter could have drafted this. I am sorry Burdastyle you have now lost it.

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    Sep 15, 2009, 08.06 AMby labetenoir

    seriously? ANOTHER Fatina variation? is there really a reason to look forward to Mondays at the moment? Are you really that stumped for ideas?

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      Sep 15, 2009, 08.07 AMby labetenoir

      also- those puffs do not work with that dress in that colour. My mom had that dress in the 80’s.

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    Sep 15, 2009, 07.42 AMby florean-fortescue

    Those sleeves have some serious puff!

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    Sep 15, 2009, 04.03 AMby solson83

    i so look forward to mondays, but this one was sadly very disappointing :( i don’t know anyone who would actually wear this. Also, why can’t the plus size and the reg. size patterns be released in the same week? it seems we wait for a week to see a new pattern, and then it’s the same on modified. hopefully next monday will not be another fatina alternative. btw, i love you guys, and i love this site, just some critique, not meaning to sound harsh.

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      Sep 15, 2009, 05.48 AMby ghainskom

      I totally agree with you, solson. Variations like this used to be how-tos and how-tos used to be free and not the pattern (or project) of the week.

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    Sep 15, 2009, 01.34 AMby camilaustral

    yikes! that’s too much…. maybe it works on the runway, but not in real life…

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    Sep 14, 2009, 09.43 PMby bellamabella

    please , dont make this plus size. as a big girl..i like to down play my big arms..not draw attention to them.

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