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Garden Party Dress - gathered dress with cap sleeves

Added Aug 2, 2014

by shibz

, Australia






There are so many lovely versions of this pattern on Burdastyle (gathered dress with cap sleeves) that I really had to make one of my own. This floral sheet really emphasises the femininity of the design, though it could go equally well with a more modern print. I performed a 1.5cm FBA on the size 40 to have a better fitting bodice. Other adjustments included adding length to the bodice and skirt, inseam pockets, a centre back zip, and bias binding as a neck and arm facing instead of lining (that is, I was too lazy to line it!).

Though their instructions are typically confusing and sizing ginormous, kudos to Burda for having a printed pattern for the bodice only and leaving the sewist to draft their own skirt. Any pattern that doesn’t involved printing 60 pages is a win in my book!

I feel very flouncy and pretty in this dress – perhaps some tea parties and garden picnics are in store!

Material Notes

single sheet from Salvo’s, Vilene bias tape for stabilising neckline, white dress zipper


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    Aug 8, 2014, 01.12 PMby nrobson


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    Aug 2, 2014, 02.44 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Great job! – Looks very nice on you :-)

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      Aug 5, 2014, 05.04 AMby shibz

      Thank you!

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    Aug 2, 2014, 07.57 AMby Byanka Ayala

    Lovely dress!

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      Aug 5, 2014, 05.04 AMby shibz

      Thanks :)

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