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Long Delicate Empire Dress

Added Apr 8, 2016

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






Long Evening Dress with Jeweled Shoulders – Burdastyle 6/2010 #118

I found this pile of thin fabric with a kind of sheen to it, at a thrift store for just one dollar. It is apparently called faille, and is too delicate for everyday use. It pils/snags easily, creases iron out easily, however a very hot iron melts holes in it, and it has to be dry cleaned. My dress is pretty minimalist: I didn’t add the chiffon overlay, and the petticoat I added underneath is from the same material, so its basically a dressy slip, a nightie, or even just a lining lol. I omitted interfacing the empire bodice but I wish I did now, for more definition, less rippling, and support to hold its shape. The faille is flimsy, with a translucent look that I was going for, as long as nude undergarments are worn. So I couldn’t add a back zip, therefore its slip on and clings a bit. It didn’t take too long to stitch the basic dress up. As an afterthought I decided to whip up the ’jeweled shoulders’, just tacking them on for an alternative style, except I made them in a single layer of lace for a see through look. The lace was vintage 70s lace scraps gifted to me for free, so the dress still only totals $1 lol. Location: Northcote Point & Westmere

Material Notes

synthetic faille in stark white; white ’70s lace.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Bridal, Evening Wear, Romantic, Goth/Gothic Lolita
Blends, Other, Polyester

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    May 8, 2016, 04.14 AMby sewing fanatic

    It was sunny weather the other day so I did my additional shoot at a local bay. I just pinned the lace shoulder pieces on over the straps. I put on a dramatic snobby princess look on my face haha. This faille has slight static to it, I feel. Side-on the light-weight dress, with both the empire waist and added shoulders, can balloon out and look slightly Wuithering heights, so it looks like it would make a lovely romantic night gown.

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    Apr 10, 2016, 02.15 PMby RedBelka

    Beautiful dress!

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    Apr 9, 2016, 09.40 PMby liliv-1

    I think white is the perfect choise for this pattern! It looks fabulous on you!

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      Apr 10, 2016, 12.31 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thanks so much liliv hon. It is blindingly bright lolz! X

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    Apr 8, 2016, 04.33 PMby izbott

    It looks like something from Calvin Klein. Very nice dress Nadia:-)

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    Apr 8, 2016, 03.25 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Really gorgeous dress!

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    Apr 8, 2016, 01.04 PMby kisses

    Lovely and the photos are nice too

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    Apr 8, 2016, 09.40 AMby SueMH

    Cute dress Nadia. Nice photos too!

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    Apr 8, 2016, 08.37 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Lovely my dear! ;)

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    Apr 8, 2016, 06.23 AMby Maria Hayek

    Nice :)

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