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La Tulipe

Added Mar 31, 2011

by mixtlii

Montpellier, France






I initially bought this fabric to make a dress for New Year’s Eve, using TR technique to make the origami dress. But as you can see in the last picture, the result wasn’t great, I made it too small and it looked awkward (in the dress I wanted to reproduct, the origami takes all the chest and so it looks like a flower just opening…).

Anyway after this big failure, I left the fabric aside for a while, and finally used it for that design!
I drafted the top myself (using a french book, not so good), and for the skirt I used a pattern from lauramendoza, here on Burdastyle.
I tried to modify it because I wanted an A-line skirt with the petals keeping straight, but I was afraid it would show my legs too much, so in the end I came back to almost the original design.

Finally, I’m pretty happy with that dress, except that it comes a little high on the legs between the petals… At least I stitched them together, so they won’t fly around!

Material Notes

Invisible zipper, biais binding.




Garment Type



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    Jan 20, 2012, 08.00 PMby laurenmendoza

    I’m so happy that you were inspired by my design! You totally made it your own and the length is perfect.. Amazing dress! :))))

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    May 16, 2011, 07.47 PMby shkoober

    This dress is amazing, well done! You’ve inspired me to go at it! i think I will pair the skirt with the Coffee Date Dress bodice, any thoughts?

    Am wondering though if you had any advice how to lengthen the petals? I would like to wear it at knee length.

    Great job with the zipper as well! really spot on job!

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      May 16, 2011, 08.53 PMby mixtlii

      Thank you!
      I’m sure it’ll look amazing with that bodice.
      To lenghten the petals, here’s what I would do: find the largest part of the petal, draw an horizontal line across it, cut along, and space the two parts of the petal the lenght you want to add. Tape some paper in between.

      I hope it’ll help!

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    May 15, 2011, 08.49 PMby Peyton Smith-Hopman

    Out of curiosity, how long is it from the waist?

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      May 15, 2011, 10.01 PMby mixtlii

      Thanks for the compliments :)
      It is 47cm long, but you should know I am very small! (1m52 / 5 ft)

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    May 15, 2011, 08.49 PMby Peyton Smith-Hopman

    Seriously, can’t express how beautiful that is! LOVE it. I might have to try that out myself.

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    Apr 23, 2011, 06.56 AMby olystyrene

    Don’t you hate it when you experience sewing let-downs? Well, you did an amazing at reviving this project – it’s absolutely gorgeous!!

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    Apr 22, 2011, 07.46 AMby VivoRisataAmore

    That is one amazing dress! :D

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    Apr 4, 2011, 09.14 AMby woman

    amazing and totally gorgeous!!!!

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    Apr 3, 2011, 05.43 PMby cantare

    La tuplie est tres magnifique!! The color and the adjustments of the pattern are wonderful. I think I may try the dress :)

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    Apr 3, 2011, 04.05 PMby allisonfaith

    So cute!!! beautiful Job

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    Apr 2, 2011, 02.46 PMby kristin lacuesta

    this is really nice:) and looks fun wearing it!!

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    Apr 2, 2011, 12.19 PMby laha5822

    This dress is so great, I can’t believe it is the afterthought!

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    Apr 2, 2011, 09.25 AMby lizah


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    Apr 2, 2011, 02.24 AMby denise2003

    That is so cute! I want one. If I were younger (or at least shaped like I was younger) this would be the perfect style for me.

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    Apr 1, 2011, 11.10 PMby Seeks Corey

    super cute!

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    Apr 1, 2011, 07.24 PMby macoskrm

    Your projects never cease to amaze me. This is gorgeous!

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    Apr 1, 2011, 02.52 PMby nellyvdb

    Amazing dress, I’m in love with it!

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    Apr 1, 2011, 02.45 PMby frankiesoup

    This is so cool – I love the petals! I think I would want to wear it over a 50s style underskirt, partially to cover my legs and partially to make the petals ‘bloom’ outwards a little more.

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    Apr 1, 2011, 02.30 PMby skirts

    so beautiful!! and i love the mossy steps behind you :)

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    Apr 1, 2011, 02.01 PMby origanimal

    hermosa transformación

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    Apr 1, 2011, 01.08 PMby pattythesnugbug

    I think it’s great – and I love the idea of the petals showing off some leg on what otherwise would be a very demure skirt shape!

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    Apr 1, 2011, 10.14 AMby oranereuland

    Tres belle realisation, j’aime beaucoup :-)

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    Apr 1, 2011, 09.51 AMby louisebarbara

    Gorgeous dress! I love the bright colour and the design, you did a really great job.

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    Apr 1, 2011, 08.09 AMby robygiup

    Lovely dress! I really like those petals! But don’t give up with the origami dress, next time it will be better!

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    Apr 1, 2011, 04.20 AMby junaluska

    The petals are so great! The bright colours you chose work so well, too. I really need to try out that pattern…

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    Apr 1, 2011, 02.52 AMby toja

    this is inspiring, how you didn’t give up on making something that worked…

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    Apr 1, 2011, 02.31 AMby runningwithscissors1


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    Mar 31, 2011, 09.52 PMby u120418

    This is beautiful!

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    Mar 31, 2011, 09.37 PMby emilywirt

    I love your petals!

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    Mar 31, 2011, 08.02 PMby violetsky

    I love the petal skirt to this dress.

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    Mar 31, 2011, 07.41 PMby masty

    Just perfect for spring!

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