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Halter Dress based on Burda 7/2004

Added Apr 28, 2013

by michala

Jerusalem, Israel






I was still in my retro phase (wait, I don’t think I’ve ever left…), but I wanted to make something a bit different this time, after all these circle-skirted dresses.
I completely fell in love with this fabric when I saw it (i.e. the dress was supposed to be for my sister, but I kept it for myself. That’s why the bust is kinda tight…), and I decided I wanted a collared dress.
I stumbled upon this pattern in Burda, a halter neck dress with a cool jacket-like collar (don’t really know what to call it, but surely it has a name..): https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRyt4qMMKov3xmZcXLU9ThfLxB_tb466v_aUrsoOS9SDRnvjYfS5A

but I still wanted the skirt to be fuller, even if I didn’t want a circle skirt. For the skirt I used an altered pattern I already had for a bridal mini dress from Burda 4/2005, that I made fuller: http://www.burdastyle.ru/gfx/00/09/6e/ad/modelPhoto-09vbrr5_jpg/thumb_300x400_11.jpg

It wasn’t too hard, except for the neckline that was tricky, and not too clear from the instructions. It was my 1st attempt at something like this. Or at least, 1st successful attempt..
And that’s about it.

The cool photos were taken by my photographer friends: Daniel Grossman and Noam Gilboa.
Styling and makeup were me.

Material Notes

Floral cotton blend.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Vintage

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    Apr 28, 2013, 06.33 PMby Käsekosmonautin

    The pistol made me laugh! ;-) Nice dress indeed.

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    Apr 28, 2013, 01.13 PMby kisses

    Nice dress and the photos are so James Bond

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    Apr 28, 2013, 09.07 AMby Mary Athey

    i love seeing dresses etc made from old burdas as well. i have loads if old burdas but not this one (going to check ebay) the dress you made is gorgeous. i love the fabric and the collars fab. its lovely on you and your photos are so lovely. i look forward to your next one x

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    Apr 28, 2013, 08.29 AMby liliv-1

    I totally adore this pattern (I had used it several times back in 2004 when the issue was published), it’s very ladylike and stylish….and the fabric you used really rocked it!! The styling is gorgeous as well. The photos are perfect! (I’m going straight to my stash to find this pattern …… dreaming of a polkadot retro halter dress)

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      Apr 28, 2013, 08.45 AMby michala

      Thank you!!
      polkadots will be perfect for it! I would really love to see it.

      I’m working on another one, this time I’ll really give it to my sister, and I hope it’ll be easier this time around.

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      Apr 28, 2013, 08.58 AMby liliv-1

      I remember (8-9 years ago, when I first made this pattern) having a hard time to finish the collar at the back neck. I hope too that this time will be easier.
      I really love it when I see creations from old and beloved burda patterns!!! Can’t wait to see your sister’s dress.

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