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Kathrine Dress Restyled

Added Apr 26, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






We’ve updated our Kathrine dress for a new look. We shortened the hemline and brought in some of the volume on the sideseams to accentuate the waist. If you feel like you swim in voluminous dresses, consider cinching the waist with a black belt to add an alluring and sophisticated shape to the front of the dress. This pattern is available in all sizes, the plus pattern can be found by clicking here.

Material Notes

From BurdaStyle sizes 34 – 60: Self fabric requires 2 3/4 – 3 1/2 yards (2,10 – 3,15 m.) of fabric, sash requires 7/8 yard (.75 m.) of fabric



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Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear
Cotton, Blends, Silk


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    Jun 13, 2011, 08.21 PMby LimeSoda

    I love the way you restyled the dress as the flare skirt bottom of the original would’ve made me pass by the pattern. Your fabric choice is wonderful and renders the dress timeless. Lovely jewelry choice as well. Well done!

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    May 1, 2010, 04.21 PMby spiderlily

    Love it! The setting is great too.

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    May 1, 2010, 12.20 PMby revue

    The hem could be lower, and the skirt, fuller, but the choice of fabric and the styling are spot on! The makeup’s great too! I wonder what lipstick she used?

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    Apr 28, 2010, 08.26 PMby ruthw

    I see Burda style members defining what “fashion is about”. We do it. We, the ignorant masses who buy, make and wear clothes. A person can sneer, define and innovate all he or she likes but what makes something “fashion” is the fact that people are wearing it. So we can ignore the would-be divas and cats trolls and just get on with it. Nice dress. Not useful for me, but nice dress. Will suit some people.

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    Apr 28, 2010, 08.14 PMby sherrey

    Welll I’ve had a cup of tea and a chocolate buscuit to calm down my excitement and thought I would update you. I have now bought the pattern as it is close enough to a dress I planned to make it less bother than making the pattern from scratch.

    I’ll add a sleeve (bingo wings!) and cut the dress at the waist. I plan to make a deepish waistband insertion and make the bodice, waist and skirt in 3 different colours. I will probably turn the back bodice princess seams into pleats to mirror the front. If it all comes off and I can figure out the technology I’ll post the result when I’m done.(I haven’t done that before so it will be something else new).

    By the way – perhaps ‘average’ would be a more acceptable substitute for ‘normal’ size although that would not include the girl in the picture – average size in the UK is 16. ie. half are smaller, half are bigger so who’s normal?

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    Apr 28, 2010, 07.58 PMby sherrey

    Well I don’t know about the dress but this is definitely one of the most interesting discussion threads I have come across so far on Burda. Who knew sewers were so passionate about visual composition in photography. And it’s gone on for days! It has everything. Passion, malice, insults – almost as good as Gossip Girl.

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    Apr 28, 2010, 03.37 PMby steffmc

    I am sorry to see that everything that Jose wrote has been “Marked as inappropriate”. Apart from some of the personal references, I see nothing wrong with differing opinions.. even those that are strongly stated.

    It keeps things interesting…

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      Apr 28, 2010, 05.16 PMby victors

      Vitriolic diatribes are never interesting.

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    Apr 28, 2010, 01.08 PMby Therese Myhr

    This dress is very beautiful , just like the model!

    Thank you for giving me inspiration!!

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    Apr 28, 2010, 12.11 PMby karenlg

    I think the dress is fab, dont like the shoes or accessories but dress is a classic lbd. I think Ichigogirl hit the nail on the head. I’m a beginner and believe it or not aspire at present to be able to sew such a dress. Everyone starts somewhere, even you Jose Zabala. I dont see the need for your negative comments here.

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    Apr 28, 2010, 06.57 AMby hanbanan

    Love it! Simple and cute. And thank you once again for choosing beautiful and unique and normal-sized models!

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      Apr 28, 2010, 08.22 AMby Dani Restercher

      The terms ‘real’ women and ‘normal-sized’ will be the death of me. I suppose that because of my low size then I’m some abnormal freak that shouldn’t be modelling clothes because I’m too gross for people to look at? Positive discrimination is STILL discrimination. Asking specifically for ‘normal’ women (whatever that is) is STILL choosing people because of their size and not their talent, which is discrimination. Flipping it on it’s head will eventually damage skinnier ‘unreal’ women who will think they’re too gross to look at and they’re fake and hated.

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      Apr 28, 2010, 10.45 AMby Anna Aasbjerg

      I totally agree with queenorivers! I’m a skinny girl (or a not-normal-sized woman and alot of people automaticly assume, that because I’m tall and skinny, and sometimes do modeling-jobs, I’m either stupid or have an eating-disorder. Some of us just look that way, because that’s what nature intended fx. me to look like.
      So let’s give this size-issue a rest. There’s no right or wrong!!

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      Apr 30, 2010, 07.41 AMby julietta

      I don’t think that HanBanan wanted to discriminate anybody. Her comment appreciates the variety of models Burdastyle uses instead of just one stereotype.

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      Apr 30, 2010, 06.24 PMby Dani Restercher

      Well if I said that I was glad burda was showing normal sized models instead of plus sized models it’s insulting…

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    Apr 28, 2010, 01.52 AMby purplemage

    This looks fab – I like the less full cut of this version. I might actually make this one. I think the basic pattern is flattering, but the alterations to take in the side seams makes it even more flattering, whether you are small or large busted. And the photos are fantastic. Love the look.

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    Apr 28, 2010, 01.02 AMby ink

    Love the model and staging. Being a modernist lover and one who has seen enough Japanese portraiture… I love the twist….Is that a pigeon or a peacock? :-) I think that the pigeon is very iconic of the west. Love the wood screen and Katherine looks gorgeous and regal in that dress…I would love to know how the belt was made???? Was it woven by Burda or found? Beautiful dress….. Love it!

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    Apr 28, 2010, 12.39 AMby erdronen

    I love this version. Much more flattering for someone like me who needs to enhance her upper half! Great restyle!

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    Apr 27, 2010, 09.36 PMby rhelynn

    Awesome adaptation – much more something I would wear than the original. It is amazing that they are nearly the same pattern!

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    Apr 27, 2010, 06.52 PMby Cafe Couture

    such a pretty alteration! I love this dress and the pictures.

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    Apr 27, 2010, 03.34 PMby moran008

    the truth, i realy don’t like the original kathrine dress, it’s to sloppy for me. but the dress is BEAUTIFULL! i’m new in the all sewing field so i didnt understand how they took the original pattern and turn it to that dress. can anyone please help me?

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      Apr 27, 2010, 06.10 PMby in-stockholm

      They used a belt to cinch it in the waist.

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      Apr 27, 2010, 08.53 PMby alden

      We also raised the hem and took it in a little at the side seams!

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    Apr 27, 2010, 01.57 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    oooh but i’m loving the seriousness of this shoot— it’s like an edward gorey picture turned romantic and silky and edgy.

    carol you look FABULOUS. i love the refashion!

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      Apr 27, 2010, 02.20 PMby carottesauvage

      I agree about the Edward gorey picture,e.g. the character of Mrs Danvers in Rebecca. However, this aspect should have been exagerated to the utmost. But hey…talking about outstreching the budget for a single photo shoot!!

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    Apr 27, 2010, 12.53 PMby carottesauvage

    I agree with the previous comments, I too much prefer this version. However, I think the make-up is too austere – and the pose too serious perhaps- and doesn’t enhance Carol’s natural beauty and enticing smile!

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    Apr 27, 2010, 03.52 AMby caramia-made

    I also prefer this cinched version. And the model is so beautiful! Good job Burdastyle!

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    Apr 27, 2010, 01.49 AMby mlssfshn

    Love it the cabezas belt would look good with as well

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    Apr 26, 2010, 11.58 PMby sewgurlwmu

    This caught my eye right away! Beautiful dress and beautiful model!

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    Apr 26, 2010, 09.58 PMby nikkishell

    I liked the original dress but i like this cinched in version even more :)

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    Apr 26, 2010, 09.50 PMby storres56

    Just Beautiful. I love your modifications to the dress…much better than the original.

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    Apr 26, 2010, 08.06 PMby suribabe

    wow, that a very pretty dress.

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    Apr 26, 2010, 07.03 PMby sewclairey

    I think this will be the first Burda pattern I buy, much nicer than the original.

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    Apr 26, 2010, 05.44 PMby lizah

    the original is great, but this is even better!

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    Apr 26, 2010, 05.33 PMby ghainskom

    I like it. More than the original.

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