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Kristen in Black & White

Added Aug 16, 2009

by nikkishell

Melbourne, Austr...






As you can see in the photo of the muslin he top was too big but the bottom fit quite well except for being a little too long, i had cut out a Burda size 36. I fixed the problems by cutting out a size 34 for the torso and keeping the skirt as a size 36. I also reduced the length of the torso by about 5cm which solved the bagginess at the back and also lifted the waistband to underneath the bust. I shortened the skirt pattern pieces to knee length before cutting and it turned out just right.

The dress is fully lined with a rayon lining, has an invisible zipper in the side seam and i left off the button at the front.
I’m really pleased with how it has turned out, i’m considering another with a more colourful fabric for the summer. I may also make a few more alterations, in particular the collar, although maybe it just needs a stiffer interfacing than what i used.

I wore the dress to the Tessuti Awards night in the Melbourne store and received many compliments which made my night! I even got to wear heels and lipstick! I felt very frown up, oh wait i AM grown up! Maybe i should do this more often!! It also works well with tights and boots for daytime.

In conclusion i’d like to say i’m very glad i made a muslin before cutting into the ‘good stuff’, i highly recommend you do the same with any pattern. I’m also glad i took the time to line the dress, it is so worth it!

Material Notes

I used a black cotton which has some elastane in it and a white eyelet fabric (thanks to the suggestion of two RMIT teachers who happened to be in the store the day i was choosing) as the contrast, both are from Tessuti (of course). The only downside is the black picks up fluff like a magnet, my husband doesn’t mind this because he gets to de-fluff my butt with the lint roller ;)




Garment Type
Cotton, Eyelet, Rayon

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    Feb 8, 2011, 01.29 PMby wendyondesign

    I LOVE this black and white dress! But then I do have a thing for black and white, it just looks so smart.

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    Oct 19, 2009, 09.45 AMby BeYou TiFul

    Very nice dresses, the blue one very classic and white/yellow one very romantic.

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    Aug 24, 2009, 10.25 AMby lybu


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    Aug 24, 2009, 07.02 AMby shoesandbagsomy

    It looked great up close too – I’m a regular Tesuti customer and got a glimps of this in the flesh. Its a lovely dress, but my bust is just too big for this, and I would just buldge. I could alter the bodice, but I just don’t think this cut will suit me. It is lovely on you though.

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    Aug 22, 2009, 11.37 AMby gdac

    Looks great…. I love it!! Its great that you noted how you adjusted the sizing and yes I can see why it is sooo important to do a test before the final masterpiece!!! Can I just ask… as I am yet to make anything from Burdastyle due to lack of time mainly, but also I’m not sure about the sizing.. what Aust size do you usually wear?

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      Aug 22, 2009, 10.22 PMby nikkishell

      usually an 8 or 10

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    Aug 22, 2009, 06.48 AMby isobelm

    The dress looks lovely. What a great choice of fabrics. You have inspired me to have a go at a Kristen too. Many thanks.

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    Aug 20, 2009, 10.34 AMby red-wren

    This looks really great! I love the black and white! Also, I liked your comment about your husband getting to “de-fluff” your butt with the lint roller – That’s funny. Lovely job.

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    Aug 19, 2009, 09.40 PMby tangerine-dreams

    Beautiful! Looks wonderful on you.

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    Aug 19, 2009, 01.28 PMby chickadeenest

    oh wow! this is excellent. lovely job.

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    Aug 19, 2009, 05.23 AMby pakutke

    love lace in a middles part! nice job

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    Aug 19, 2009, 01.16 AMby calicocouture

    Wow. I love the black and white contrast. The eyelet looks really nice. Good thing you chose to do a muslin first; the end result is a great fitting piece. =)

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    Aug 18, 2009, 07.39 PMby hot-scotch-bonnet

    Thats great – i downloaded this and even chose fabric but was doubtful…seeing this has got me motivated again. Thanks for putting up the muslin too – I tend to get impatient and dive straight in but seeing what you did I will definately do a muslin first.

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    Aug 18, 2009, 05.04 AMby jeffrey

    bold use of lace, very nice, very eye catching.

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    Aug 17, 2009, 09.20 PMby majola

    nice dress! I really like the details!

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    Aug 17, 2009, 11.54 AMby anajan

    Nice one! Thanks for the muslin photos.

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    Aug 16, 2009, 07.11 PMby tejka

    great dresses!

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    Aug 16, 2009, 01.24 PMby ichigogirl

    That is one pretty dress…. I SO want one too! Stylish. Thanks for including pictures of the muslin and info on how you got the fit right, very useful information!

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    Aug 16, 2009, 01.08 PMby nuiwida23

    So beautiful, now I REALLY want to make this dress! It looks perfect.

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    Aug 16, 2009, 12.42 PMby hannnc

    Wow! I really can’t wait to make this dress! It is high up on my list, i love all the details. Yours has turned out so well, the B&W looks excellent. Does the dress come with lining instructions or did you do that yourself? Thanks :)

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      Aug 16, 2009, 01.20 PMby nikkishell

      The instructions for lining the dress come with the pattern :)

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      Aug 17, 2009, 02.16 AMby hannnc

      yay! I have only lined my coat, but when a dress comes with lining instructions i definitely will do it! Makes alot of difference :)

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    Aug 16, 2009, 12.28 PMby miss-g

    I like it in black and white. Very stylish!

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    Aug 16, 2009, 12.09 PMby sianysiany

    This is very classy. So worth the effort!

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    Aug 16, 2009, 11.00 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Oh Nicci it’s simply fabulous! I love it. Great choice of fabrics and you did such a great job fitting it and overcoming all the problems, you definiltel deserved all those compliments. Thank you so much for your detailed description, it will help so many (and me!) in the future with this pattern.

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    Aug 16, 2009, 10.48 AMby mayadaughterofsun

    Nice dress! Thanks for the useful description, I would probably have to do similar changes, because I have small shoulders compared to the hips and waist.

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    Aug 16, 2009, 09.40 AMby judeb

    Love the use of the eyelet lace, looks beautiful.

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