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For the love of my dress

Added Jan 11, 2010

by dewreb

Tacoma, Washingt...






I was in love with Sibeli’s tulip dress, so I tried one myself. I love the result. Like Sibeli did, I used Miasu’s contour bust and the Marie skirt.

Miasu did an amazing job with her contour bust, it’s so cute! As is typical for me, the bust was too large, and as is also typical for me, I didn’t realize just how large until after I put the trim on! I tried to modify it at the side seam, but doing so pulled the material in a bizarre manner. I ended up adding a middle dart right in the front, and it fits much better, and I actually like the look of the dart.

Given the large amount of ease in the hips of the Marie skirt, I decided to make it a size smaller than my typical Burda size, and it was still much too large for me. I ended up having to take 1-2 inches off the side seams. I generally really like the skirt, and am debating trying a Marie on its own. If I were to make the skirt on its own, I think I’d eliminate the pleats in the back.

Material Notes

As an amateur seamstress, I ALWAYS forget to pay attention to the type of materials…a cotton blend or something? The navy skirt has a very slight stretch to it.




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    Mar 5, 2011, 04.06 AMby babyizblue

    did you still have to use interfacing in the waistband?

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      Jun 14, 2011, 12.18 PMby dewreb

      I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to ignore you! I haven’t been checking burdastyle lately. I didn’t use any interfacing in this project. The skirt material is pretty thick. If the material had been thinner than interfacing may have been more important.

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    Sep 6, 2010, 10.33 PMby annxie

    i love it! :)

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    Jul 20, 2010, 08.39 AMby sokkenmonster

    This is really a lovely combination! One more question ;) : are you actually able to cycle in this skirt? (as an Amsterdam girl I am kind of done with making skirts in which I can not ride a bicycle..)

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      Jul 22, 2010, 04.09 AMby dewreb

      I can see why that’s an important question! The skirt is hard to cycle in because of the taper, so it’s probably not the best for Amsterdam! If I recall correctly, I had to do tiny little awkward pushes to get it going, and then once it was going I still had the hem pushing into my legs.

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      Jul 24, 2010, 09.40 AMby sokkenmonster

      hmm too bad, then I won’t be doing this one soon ;). The pictures with you on the bike are nice though!

      (for cycling in tight skirts it does help to pull it up till miniskirt length, but it is not that charming and I probably wouldn’t do it if my bicycle wasn’t the primary way of transporting myself).

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    Jul 17, 2010, 09.36 AMby Sanne K. Astrid

    Very nice! the colours look good on you. :)

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    Jul 9, 2010, 01.41 PMby nhouse

    I just saw the pics and i can see the zipper in the back, but did you cut the fabric all the way to the bottom of the skirt? How long is the zippeR?

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      Jul 10, 2010, 09.49 PMby dewreb

      Yes, I basically just added a seam allowance to the back (so instead of cutting on the fold, as I believe the pattern calls for, I added 5/8 of an inch to the pattern where the fold would be, and cut two separate pieces rather than cutting on the fold). I’m not sure how long the zipper is, but you’d probably be safe with a 12 inch zipper.

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      Jul 10, 2010, 09.52 PMby dewreb

      Oh sorry, I wrote that American-like. Just convert the inches to cm, and you’ll be good to go!

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      Jul 11, 2010, 03.51 PMby nhouse

      thanks so much for your help. i will give u credit when i post.

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    Jul 9, 2010, 01.40 PMby nhouse

    I am going to make this dress, and I was wondering how you put the zipper ine (side or back?) and how long it is?

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    Jul 1, 2010, 06.43 PMby jhenderson88

    I’m going to try and make this as well, its super cute! I love the orange and blue together. :)

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      Jul 7, 2010, 10.00 PMby dewreb

      You should! It’s a pretty simple project, and yet the result is fabulous! I would maybe modify the back of the skirt a little if I was smart enough to do so – it definitely enlarges my rear a little more than preferable! :)

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    Apr 8, 2010, 07.33 PMby nhouse

    i love how u used a dressier pattern and turned it into something more casual and preppy. sneakers work well with the fabrics you chose.

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    Jan 21, 2010, 02.10 AMby drflen

    This dress is wonderful, I love dresses that compliment a smaller womans figure…

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    Jan 17, 2010, 02.20 AMby pinkraygun

    I love the dress paired with the Chucks!

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    Jan 13, 2010, 08.24 PMby cgm5498

    i like the blue fabric at the bottom

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    Jan 12, 2010, 05.13 PMby aubreydawn

    oh, too cute! what a great job you did :)

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    Jan 12, 2010, 04.45 PMby sunnilj9

    I love it! Its the perfect summer day dress.

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    Jan 11, 2010, 08.20 PMby skwarynia

    Really really lovely! and great job, I’m really impressed how the top highlights your curves:) I have to do the same dress! You look siply beautiful:) I’m jeaulous….

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    Jan 11, 2010, 06.14 PMby scheryka

    What a very vibrant a nd pretty blue. I love uour combination.

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    Jan 11, 2010, 03.14 PMby manati

    Love it. What a great combination of patterns and fabric.

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    Jan 11, 2010, 02.53 PMby fabricaddict

    Looks amazing, your choice of fabric is great, I think I should make one like this!

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    Jan 11, 2010, 10.42 AMby zickzack

    This looks so great! I wish I could wear strapless dresses! I might have to experiment a little more.. Like the others, I want to have my own now.

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      Jan 23, 2010, 10.43 PMby dewreb

      You probably can wear strapless! I have tiny breasts, and am very rectangular shaped (meaning that my waist isn’t quite as small as one might expect given my bust and hips), and I love strapless stuff! I typically have to adjust strapless patterns a bit, but I’m terrible about planning in advance, so I kind of just do it as I sew, and it works out. I would say give it a try on something easy (maybe ichi’s afternoon tea top). You might be surprised!

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      Jan 29, 2010, 07.35 PMby zickzack

      Thank you! I think I will try something with a remnant. Usually I’m the ‘do it as I sew’ type, too, so that won’t stop me : )
      In these pictures something about your face totally reminds me of a frined.

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    Jan 11, 2010, 07.49 AMby angelical

    The colors go very well together! you should be proud!

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    Jan 11, 2010, 05.21 AMby britynn89

    ohhh so cute!!

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    Jan 11, 2010, 05.21 AMby marylou86

    Love it! This is the perfect combo :)

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    Jan 11, 2010, 05.20 AMby evly

    This looks so awesome! The colors go so very well together and you look just gorgeous wearing it! I have to try to make a similar dress, soon! So jealous =)

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    Jan 11, 2010, 05.03 AMby ainslaw

    I love this dress! The pattern/color combination are pretty awesome.

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