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Added Dec 8, 2009

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






The Kiki dress is perfect for Holiday parties: the curved front and back scoop neck is soft & elegant while a bounty of center back buttons lend this dress a lovely vintage feel. The Kiki dress comes with 3 sleeve variations (included in this pattern), which are perfectly fit for multiple occasions!

Material Notes

2 – 2 1/4 yards medium – lightweight cotton or silk blends, chiffon. 20cm zipper, 90cm x 15cm interfacing, 11 small buttons




Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Preppy, Romantic, Victorian, Vintage
Chiffon, Cotton, Blends, Silk



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    Jun 1, 2010, 09.32 PMby paranoire

    I will make this dress. But with far less back showing, less flimsy fabric and with a longer skirt with godets. hope this will turn out nice 0.0

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    Dec 22, 2009, 09.48 AMby hnolde

    It’s bugging me so much – the dress needs a good pressing!!!!!!

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    Dec 21, 2009, 12.32 PMby btgkowalski

    Not in love with this…I actually dont really like it at all. I hate the color and the fit, needs a lot of work…sorry.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 10.39 PMby elizabethanne

    It is a pretty dress. The problem with the gaping at the back arises from attempting to put two different styles together. The invisible zip on the skirt is centred with no overlap while the top is trying to overlap. A solution might be to extend the button side of the bodice a little and create more of an underlap and reducing the tension between the top and the bottom. Also a lapped zip is still feasible giving you a continuous line through the skirt and bodice. I agree the quality of the presentation, pressing and finish of the garment is not a professional as it could be.

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    Dec 11, 2009, 06.49 PMby ncn6

    I think this is really pretty, and I love sewing with chiffon! I think I’ll hold off on buying at the moment, because low necklines like these have a tendency to turn out pretty indecent on me since I’m so short, and I’m not sure I have enough skill to alter this properly.

    For the sliding off the shoulders problem — I often add lingerie straps to the underside of things with big necklines (just a strap with a snap sewn in at the shoulder seam, which you clip around your bra). Then your bra doesn’t show and help keeps the shoulders up, too. The only potential problem is when you forget that you’re snapped into your shirt at night while trying to take it off!

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    Dec 11, 2009, 06.12 PMby sewverytall

    p.s. it sure would be nice if there was at least a drawing of the other sleeve patterns included!

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    Dec 11, 2009, 06.09 PMby sewverytall

    “View All” feature is back…Yay! Very nice dress that definitely has a vintage feel, but I’m not sure the 90s qualify as vintage yet. I would like the bodice front to include something other than that bow, but that’s very easy to change. Everyone should do a fitting on the bodice pattern to insure a good fit there, due to the lowered front and back neckline. I bet many will need to bring that neckline in and up a bit. This is not a “sew it then fit it” pattern.

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    Dec 11, 2009, 02.58 PMby xhsc

    does burda ever disclose the fabrics they use for the photos? i’d love to know where these fabrics were sourced from! and exactly what kind of fabric is being used. i see the fabric recs, but is the top chiffon and the bottom cotton? thanks!

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    Dec 10, 2009, 11.31 PMby ava cowbell

    I love the buttons on the back and the color

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    Dec 10, 2009, 09.17 AMby stefanisarah

    I looveee this pattern, thank you Burdastyle. However, I think Burdastyle released this pattern a bit late for me to sew for Christmas. I’m a slow sewer. Also, probably it would be better if the neckline comes with variations as well: with/without open back, or less scooped neck. Like another member pointed out, the pictures here show that the shoulders are very close from falling. This also makes me wonder if the front neckline gapes.

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    Dec 10, 2009, 06.06 AMby littleredfox

    great pattern and lovely dress! i just downloaded the pattern and cut it out but here’s my issue: there are a few pieces that aren’t named. i’m guessing two of them are the sleeve variations. so which piece is the sleeve above? and are there pictures (even drawn ones) of the other two variations? specifically—what are pieces 11 and 12 for? and pieces 16, 17, and 17b? want to be sure before i start cutting into my fabrics (which are expensive). also—i hate to be negative but as constructive criticism it would be helpful if the individual pages were numbered. my printer decided to stop printing mid-way through the printing process and it took me FOREVER to figure out where to tell it to pick back up from. make sense? crazily enough this was the second time that’s happened and it was so frustrating. anyway—love the site! thanks!

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      Dec 10, 2009, 09.21 AMby stefanisarah

      Dear littleredfox, I sincerely hope your project starts and ends well so you can tell us that we can start downloading and sewing with confidence. :)

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      Dec 10, 2009, 07.35 PMby alisondahl

      I have an answer for you!
      (Basically you DO NOT need those pieces for variation B)
      Pieces 11 (sleeve) and 12 (cuff) belong to variation A.
      Pieces 16 (puff sleeve) and 17 (strap) belong to variation C.

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    Dec 10, 2009, 05.51 AMby franipani

    I loved this dress. I thought the way it hung on the model made the dress look very comfortable. I will try to make this. But I may look for an alternative for the chiffon. Yeah, chiffon freaks me out. Guaranteed, gonna mess it up.

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    Dec 10, 2009, 01.28 AMby couturecutie

    Luvvvvv it !!!!!!! <3 <3!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Dec 9, 2009, 11.29 PMby loreleileigh

    even though I’m not super curvy, I wish I could see someone with grown-ass-woman breasts & hips wear this. or any of the Burda projects.

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      Dec 10, 2009, 04.18 PMby heyboo

      YES! Please! Also wondering where I’m going to hide my bra straps in this dress. I might wait until more pictures are posted from those who finish it.

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      Dec 10, 2009, 05.43 PMby vanella

      I think I count enough as super curvy most days and will make sure to post pictures after I make this dress. :)
      Also for Heyboo: If you have a bra with about a half inch strap, it’s usually pretty easy to balance the strap a little closer to the edge of your shoulder. I’m a 34DD and have a shirt that hangs on the shoulders like this so this is the trick I usually go with. :)

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    Dec 9, 2009, 08.58 PMby sunnyb64

    It has potential— but I’d also really like to see the other two sleeve variations.

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    Dec 9, 2009, 08.46 PMby dianne207

    really pretty details and silhouette, but there’s something not good in upper part near side seams – seems to be oversize there, not looking good .. the length and color, and detailing again are lovely the shoes – I WANT THOSE SHOES! )))

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    Dec 9, 2009, 08.41 PMby berniejh01

    Love the sexy “just thown on” look of the loose fit and sheer bodice

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    Dec 9, 2009, 08.38 PMby berniejh01

    Love the sexy “just thrown on look” of the loose fit, and sheer bodice

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    Dec 9, 2009, 06.53 PMby bytehaus

    This looks gorgeous!!!

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    Dec 9, 2009, 06.44 PMby mainecindy

    This is a lovely dress concept. But as seems to happen too often on BurdaStyle, it doesn’t fit the model well, the craftsmanship could be better and there are some construction details that look like they could have been better thought out. Most glaring is the diamond shaped gape where the zippered skirt meets the buttoned bodice back. Puckered seams and poor pressing are a sad turn-off. I’d prefer to draft a similar pattern myself rather than buy a pattern whose presentation does not inspire confidence.

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      Dec 10, 2009, 03.23 AMby wzrdreams

      Actaully, I think the model does fit the dress quite well. She does in fact have curves (contrary to some of the other comments). I think the spot were there look to be some fit issues is at the armhole seams.

      In regards to craftsmanship…. I think we can all agree that setting in a silk chiffon sleeve would be exceptionally challenging. I would love to see some tips to accomplish this without puckering. Perhaps a reduction of the sleeve cap ease would help in this case since it does appear that the armhole has ample space.

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      Dec 10, 2009, 08.08 PMby janetheclerk

      i quite like the diamond gape at the back, and having made my own patterns for a style like this, i don’t know of a way of avoiding it when you’re using fabrics of different weights – other than adding a few mms, but that could be tricky.

      re the puckered seams, i agree with both of you – chiffon is a nightmare, but as an advertisement, it should be better presented. i have a trick for working with all fabrics that just don’t sit still – spray them with hairspray before cutting. this makes the fabric go hard, and makes it sit still and behave. also helps to get rid of the slipping and sliding that can lead to puckering. when you’re done, and before any ironing, wash the garment. this gets rid of the hairspray and it’s attendant smell. fabric goes back to its lovely soft self.

      while i have used this technique on a wide variety of fabrics, it’s probably best to do a test patch first, as with everything.

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      Dec 11, 2009, 04.58 PMby wzrdreams

      Thanks janetheclerk! I think the hairspray tip is great. I’ve read some people use spray starch on chiffon to make it temorarily stiff, although I’ve never tried either trick yet myself.

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    Dec 9, 2009, 05.54 PMby wzrdreams

    Halleluia, we have View All !!!! I LOVE THIS DRESS! I am DEFINITELY going to buy it. This is the perfect style for femmes with who are larger than a B cup… this will be so easy to tweak the fit. I’m very excited. Thank you Burdastyle!

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    Dec 9, 2009, 03.03 PMby 祝 蕾冰

    Beautiful pattern!Must very right for me.可惜图纸价格折合成人民币之后并不便宜呢,我想我只能依葫芦画瓢了,o(∩_∩)o…哈哈

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    Dec 9, 2009, 01.52 PMby teamydear

    Oh my, this must be my favourite BurdaStyle pattern ever! What a gorgeous dress (and model), so chic and stylish! I love the vintage feel, the colour and especially the back!

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    Dec 9, 2009, 12.26 PMby littlelupin

    I’m not keen on the fabric (creases) but the colour is amazing, it looks vintage. I like the name Kiki, I have a friend called Kiki and if the pattern were free I’d make this for her birthday!

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    Dec 9, 2009, 10.08 AMby Laura Bolčina

    There’s something I don’t like about the part where sleeves attach to the bodice. It looks too big. Also, I don’t like the wideness of the neck line. You can’t even wear a bra with this dress and it looks like it would be falling off the shoulders all the time.

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    Dec 9, 2009, 09.34 AMby barkcloth

    This is a beautiful pattern! Something you cannot make yourself (at least I can’t) from another dress pattern. A real challenge for experienced sewsters like me. Thanks.

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    Dec 9, 2009, 09.23 AMby Ami Taf

    I like the bow in front. the back buttons will be tricky though without someone to dress me up… but the main bodice, is it lined because I can see it’s chiffon, yet it’s not see through.

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      Dec 10, 2009, 06.25 PMby akwa

      I think one could put the zipper along the entire back, omitting the buttons. I’m considering this option, since imho this dress has enough details on the front

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    Dec 9, 2009, 07.42 AMby annabellecrane

    the model is shanina shaik and is gorgeous! and so is this dress

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    Dec 9, 2009, 05.17 AMby reneebeth

    Both the dress and the model are beautiful. I love the buttons on the back and the high waist/scoop back lower portion of the dress. I feel like this would also make a beautiful cap-sleeved dress. Also, the detailed photos show off great craftsmanship in my eyes. How I’d love to have buttonholes like that or gathers at the shoulder so even and subtle! I think my body type does not call for a dress of this shape; though my torso is long compared to other people, it’s relatively short and thick in proportion to my body. Who knows, though, maybe I’ll just have to try it out someday!

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