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Fine and Fifties

Added Jul 30, 2011

by Ruffles Gazebo

Adelaide, Australia






This is a dress i made for my friend to wear to a 50’s themed party. She wanted to go with something not overly formal, more of the housewife look. So we sat down with some pictures and designed up a dress together. As we don’t live in the same place, i made a basic bodice toile, and fitted that before she went back.

Drafted the pattern myself, and covered the little buttons. I thought i was doing some sweet pattern making by elliminating the side seam and making it a continuous panel. This was a good idea, until i went to put in the invisible zipper!!! oops. i intended to put that in the side. I had to put in a side seam to do it because i didnt want to put it down the back. I did french seams on all of the bodice, because the cotton was really quite thin. I also thought it would just look nicer on the inside instead of overlocking. I did however overlock the skirt with my new, super expensive, but TOTALLY worth it elna coverlock. It does 17 different stitches! So exciting!!! You cant quite see in the pictures, but on each quarter of the circle skirt is 3 × 3cm pleats which give it some extra fullness :)

It turned out fitting quite well around the upper bodice, but somehow is a bit big around the waist :/ Im really not sure how that happened so im a little bit annoyed!!

Otherwise it turned out really well and looks great on her! She was doubtful of the colour choice of the fabric (we spent a considerable amount of time in the fabric store :p) but i do think it is quite flattering.
I also really like the little sleeves. I wish we were the same size! or perhaps i will just have to draft one for myself one day (gosh such a large list of things i want to make…..when will i ever get them all done!!)

Anywho, she has not been to her party yet, but she was up for the weekend, so i snapped some photos when she was here. She’ll be getting her hair done before hand, so i’ll upload a picture once its all happened!

Material Notes

Fine green gingham cotton
10m Ribbon tape
8 self covered buttons
invisible zip




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Vintage

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    Aug 15, 2012, 01.37 AMby MissCorsetLizz

    Love it!!! :-D

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    Aug 11, 2011, 04.43 PMby aur0ra

    This is super cute! I love all of the bodice details, and the color.

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    Aug 1, 2011, 06.28 PMby madebymeg

    i would totally wear this any day!

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    Aug 1, 2011, 04.15 PMby fabled

    This dress is beautiful! Great job!

    Also, I love the shoes <3

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    Aug 1, 2011, 01.41 PMby Laura Bolčina

    I really like the shape of the bodice and the colour. Lovely!

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    Jul 31, 2011, 11.18 PMby urbandon

    Love all your projects including this. Very cute. (burdastyle is a very weird site- crashy and glitchy)

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    Jul 31, 2011, 08.40 PMby teenee

    fantastic dress!!!

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    Jul 31, 2011, 07.53 PMby sewtake2

    How cute-your friend is very lucky

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    Jul 31, 2011, 02.32 AMby nouvellegamine

    wow! this amazing. and i love the color. she looks like pistachio ice cream!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 10.17 PMby ashchaser

    This is sa-weet! The color is perfect

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    Jul 30, 2011, 06.00 PMby kelerabeus

    Really cute! I love this curved front yoke with little buttons, so sweet.

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    Jul 30, 2011, 03.54 PMby loulourosa

    what a lovely dress, all those nice details! Beautifull!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 03.54 PMby loulourosa

    what a lovely dress, all those nice details! Beautifull!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 02.43 PMby baka-pepica

    Really beutifull work! great fit!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 02.35 PMby mollykatherine

    Its so beautiful! i’m sure your friend was thrilled! AMAZING work!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 02.26 PMby tirrs


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    Jul 30, 2011, 02.15 PMby vasgarcia

    Nice work! This is really cute :)

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    Jul 30, 2011, 10.26 AMby Denim Skirts Etc

    Wonderful! I love the colour and bodice detailing.

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    Jul 30, 2011, 10.08 AMby jescarose

    Gorgeous! Wish I had your pattern cuttin skills, the bodice is beautifuullll x

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    Jul 30, 2011, 09.20 AMby magdamagda

    like you describe it, sdfgdfg! there’s no better word for it:)) that’s “super cute” right?
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      Jul 30, 2011, 09.29 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      haha indeed!! Burdastyle wouldnt let me edit it once it was a draft, only publish it, so i had to publish it and go back into edit it. very strange burdastyle!

      thanks for the nice comment n_n

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