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Francesca Variation

Added Sep 23, 2008

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






We turned our lovely Plus Size evening dress into a pretty, casual blouse. The original pattern was so big, it was only available to print at copy shop, but now, with this variation, we can print at home! Playing with the neckline and the center front skirt panels, there are so many possibilities for you with this pattern. We can’t wait to see them.

Material Notes

light printed cotton, silk chiffon



Related Techniques


Garment Type
Business, Classic
Chiffon, Cotton


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Hair and Make-up

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    Feb 4, 2011, 03.38 AMby honorroll

    ooh this would also work well as a maternity top. love!

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    Mar 17, 2010, 02.45 AMby lisar10

    Awesome! This model looks like your average everyday girl.

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    Dec 25, 2008, 01.01 PMby ksaugustsson

    I love this blouse with the peek a boo pink panel. I would wear this all the time, it looks comfy and flirty and it’s just plain cute. Not everyone has a perfect body and that includes me and this blouse/top would allow me to feel at ease entertaining or just out on the town. Love it!

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      Sep 25, 2011, 09.06 AMby flowergirl22

      hi,, I got over the fact that everyone is slimmer then me,, I have something they dont,, caracter, a smile, and I feel great inside, and not ashamed of my body,, i love this top,,

      I made it in red,,

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    Oct 14, 2008, 01.53 PMby nolahellokitty

    thanks! i definitely want to try this pattern.

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    Sep 28, 2008, 10.42 AMby benedikta

    Hi Nehmah, I am sorry to hear…

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    Sep 25, 2008, 04.35 PMby nehmah

    Hello Benedicta, Yup, and I am still strolling through the skirts, in order to list them. I’m late sorting. The Lord and Master had cataract surgery this week. Nehmah

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    Sep 25, 2008, 12.47 PMby benedikta

    Just to make sure, you know that this is not the first plus size pattern, right?

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    Sep 24, 2008, 05.27 PMby lbeaglegirl

    yeahh i really like this i wish it came in smaller sizes : /

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    Sep 24, 2008, 10.00 AMby dugs101

    Thank you thank you thank you for adding a plus size pattern. I had almost given up hope…

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    Sep 24, 2008, 08.14 AMby jigdancer

    Yay! Something pretty for those of us who are not a size 10! As Caterpiller Peacock said before me – grading is a pain. I see lots of ways to use my considerable stash on this top. Thanks!

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    Sep 24, 2008, 06.45 AMby benedikta

    To everybody that wants to make this as a gown. This is the shortened version of the Francesca pattern, a gown!

    No pattern work needed, just download it and you have your gown version. Best Benedikta

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    Sep 24, 2008, 06.10 AMby barkcloth

    Again, no requested amount of fabric in METERS. :-( (thank you for adding….)

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    Sep 24, 2008, 05.15 AMby nehmah

    This is a lovely pattern. I’ve looked at the layout and pattern pieces, and it can be lengthened to a long gown easily. Just keep the lines tidy ;) Nehmah

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    Sep 24, 2008, 12.16 AMby harlekin

    Haaaa! That is excactly what i need for my mum. She already loves those pictures…just lovely!!

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    Sep 23, 2008, 11.16 PMby auntchelle

    This will probably be my first BurdaStyle project. I didn’t like it as a dress but I don’t mind it as a top. Thanks for thinking of us more rounded sewers.

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    Sep 23, 2008, 07.33 PMby allygally

    Oh, HOORAY! I downloaded this pattern this afternoon. It will be my first Burda project— I’m very excited. Thank you for including some plus sizes lately, it is MUCH appreciated, please keep them coming!

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    Sep 23, 2008, 06.07 PMby easilyamewsed

    OMG! You read my mind! I’d wanted to do the dress, but never got around to it and was unsure because of how much fabric it’d need. The top is just a cool, and a good way to work up to the dress.

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    Sep 23, 2008, 05.22 PMby cuervito

    Wow!!! I absolutely love it! - and in my size!! YAY!! downloading

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    Sep 23, 2008, 03.19 PMby jillybean0216

    I have yet to sew anything for myself. But I think I’m definately going to give this a go…it’s lovely! Time to graduate from kids clothes to adult things.

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    Sep 23, 2008, 02.20 PMby zanthess

    Love it! Pattern has been added to my “to sew” list!

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    Sep 23, 2008, 02.18 PMby caterpillarpeacock

    I LOVE this shirt. I think that I might make it into a pretty dress as well. So nice to see that the bigger girls are getting options. grading is a pain, these new plus size patterns are so totally awesome and time saving :D

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    Sep 23, 2008, 02.16 PMby mcloughlinsarah

    this is beautiful. awesome for the bigger girls :)

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    Sep 23, 2008, 01.58 PMby sharonl

    Thank you so much for giving us bigger gals something beautiful!

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    Sep 23, 2008, 01.27 PMby camilaustral

    is so pretty!! does it comes in small sizes? =P

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