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For The Sake of Sequins

Added Sep 19, 2012

by Julia Morley

Pittsburgh, Penn...






I think this might now be my favorite dress in my entire wardrobe. I’m pretty sure I like it better than my prom dress (which yes, is still in my wardrobe. You know, just in case I get invited to another prom.) I made it to wear to the Cleveland Lindy Exchange this weekend, which is a big event where lots of swing dancers get together to do the Lindy Hop. Seriously, if you like wearing awesome cutesy skirts and dresses, swing dance is the best excuse to do it. Definitely on my top 10 list of reasons why I do it.

The pattern is Burda 7232, which for some reason gets mediocre reviews on pattern review. I don’t understand why! I thought it was a great pattern, and I’m not sure what everyone else is talking about regarding the sizing and the construction of the back – the skirt fit fine, the back went together nicely, construction was logical, there was not an unreasonable amount of hand-stitching to do on the lining like in a lot of the Simplicity/McCalls patterns. I will agree with another seamstress’s comment that the middle button is, in fact, really hard to button without a buddy. I’ll probably be using a side zipper if I make it again.

The details were inspired by a number from Son Jung Wan’s Spring 2013 Collection from New York Fashion Week. I didn’t want anything that formal, but I fell in love with the asymmetrical hem exposing the underskirt and the counterbalanced sequin pattern. Plus, I needed to make something sequined for my 52 Weeks of Sewing project :-). The underskirt is slightly larger at the bottom (I cut it 8 inches wider) to prevent the two skirts from hanging exactly together and give a little bit of volume effect.

All in all, I’m super excited about this dress, and so excited to dance in it!

Material Notes

Cotton blend dress, stretch sateen underskirt




Garment Type
Casual, Mod

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    Dec 31, 2012, 12.32 PMby Anna E

    I really love the skirt and might try it on an other Burda dress pattern I have (B8174). Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 03.38 AMby sailey77

    It looks lovely :) May I ask where you found the pattern? I am unable to find it anywhere!


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    Sep 20, 2012, 03.25 PMby Innamc

    Great dress, fits you perfectly! Well done :-)

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    Sep 20, 2012, 09.30 AMby BridgetDyer

    Looks great! I love the bottom!

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    Sep 20, 2012, 08.54 AMby freakusbzzz

    really beautifully made

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    Sep 20, 2012, 07.41 AMby robygiup

    LOVE your dress! It’s absolutely gorgeous!!!

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    Sep 20, 2012, 12.39 AMby schnui

    Great dress Julia and perfect for dancing.

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    Sep 19, 2012, 11.43 PMby chillwear

    Really cute! Swing dancing so much fun, sure this dress will fit the part! I have this pattern, now I really need to make it, thanks for the inspiration.

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    Sep 19, 2012, 11.30 PMby bjr99

    Have to agree with Mary Athey. the dress looks great in the blue. really sets off the sequins!

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    Sep 19, 2012, 10.26 PMby Mary Athey

    stunning dress. its so lovely and i prefer it to the origional xx

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