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Added Aug 3, 2009

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






The Madison is based on MadisonAF23’s Kangaroo Pocket Dress. Her design was suggested so much by our community that we created a BurdaStyle pattern after her design. The dress features roomy kangaroo pockets and a wonderfully sculptural collar that, if made in the right material, can create all sorts of shapes.

Material Notes

Satin, Zipper




Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear



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    Jan 13, 2012, 07.00 PMby Andrea Delesdernier

    I love this dress. I am really into this type of collar right now. I’ll bet it would look pretty in wool.

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    Sep 16, 2009, 03.31 AMby robynemde

    I absolutely love this dress but am nervous to attempt an intermediate project. What makes a pattern intermediate rather than novice? Are there some fancy sewing skills I must learn first? Or just the ability to decipher pattern instructions? Does anyone happen to know?

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      Oct 27, 2010, 12.32 AMby wyldkit

      I don’t know why it’s called intermediate, but there’s nothing terribly difficult or tricky about this one. The hardest parts are probably the pocket yoke and the back slit. Unfortunately, the instructions aren’t the clearest ever, but you should be able to figure them out.

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    Sep 3, 2009, 06.54 AMby juebejue

    just bought my first pattern here! :D i cant wait to start! this dress is the cutest thing ever! love the pocket and the collar with buttons. i am making one with dark green linen :D

    by the way, i had trouble with purchasing this with my master card and had to resort to paypal :(

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    Aug 24, 2009, 06.48 AMby shoesandbagsomy

    I love this. If you look close, SJP was wearing something like this in the S A C movie – towards the end of the movie at Carrie’s book reading. It was green. I have some lovely dupion green silk for this – trying to match the Carrie one. As for the price – $5 US is $5.50 AUD. Most patterns in Australia cost in excess of $15 AUD esp Vogue patters which on average are $25 + AUD. I wish all patterns were this cheap.

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    Aug 17, 2009, 10.16 PMby aimeejessica1

    to the north americans: it’s true that for non-US readers (for whom the “big four” aren’t necessarily the “big four”), the price of this pattern is close to the price of the whole Burda magazine of patterns. i realize this may be a north america geared website, but the rest of the world sees Burda as an international magazine, with a different kind of pricing.

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      Aug 18, 2009, 09.47 PMby aimeejessica1

      that said, this dress is lovely!

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    Aug 15, 2009, 03.34 PMby sewverytall

    p.s. I really miss the ability to click and see all the thumbnails full size at once…I hope that feature can be added to this new site too.

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    Aug 15, 2009, 03.26 PMby sewverytall

    This is a very cute design. Maybe there’s something about the collar that I don’t know, but it seems like it could be made from many types of fabric…with interfacing used to give it the proper stiffness or drape.

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    Aug 11, 2009, 08.44 AMby officebusybody

    I’ve been hanging out for this pattern even though I probably won’t get round to making it for ages (I have a queue right now).

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    Aug 9, 2009, 10.36 PMby alyssaista

    i think that is really amzing i hope i can do that someday

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    Aug 8, 2009, 04.40 AMby pinkfashion

    Love the top details… would look great as a short coat in mustard yellow or plum purple. What really brings out the look is the model, her eyes are very beautiful and has a Icy flow.

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    Aug 7, 2009, 01.52 PMby meseide

    Love everything about this dress and the pictures are great, too!

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    Aug 7, 2009, 10.52 AMby pinksalamander

    I love the dress, I’m not too bothered about the cost, as $5 equals about £3 (GBP) which is the price for a very very basic pattern. I’ve seen on McCalls patterns they cost so much in the US! Even in the UK they work out cheaper once imported!

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    Aug 7, 2009, 04.22 AMby chrisbee

    Hi I have just paid the $5.00 and downloaded this pattern – however there are no instructions. are they to be added later? Or is it because the pattern is rated as intermediate that you should be able to work it out. Please help I’d love some guidance.

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    Aug 6, 2009, 06.54 AMby hannnc

    such a beautiful dress! i’m not sure how much it would suit me.. unless i was going to something fancy :)

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    Aug 5, 2009, 04.17 PMby lala86

    Well, I once complained about the cost of Larissa Jacket (like this one $5) I like it so very much! but it’s not because It’s unfair. It is because It’s not a reasonable price for me to pay for a pattern, see: I live in Argentina, and we use pesos, 5 dollars are about 20 pesos, and that is more expensive than the complete imported Spanish Burda Magazine itself. So It’s not worth it at all, at least for me, and that’s so desappointing, when you say you’ll charge.

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    Aug 5, 2009, 06.59 AMby Roseana Auten

    What a beautiful, sophisticated design. Five dollars seems very reasonable to me. As nana2be just mentioned, patterns published by the “major four” are listed for $16 and higher. Of course, you can get in on pattern sales at the chain stores and online. But there is often a sameness to their designs, whereas this dress is a little different, has something special.

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    Aug 5, 2009, 01.45 AMby ranzien

    This is just stunning! The colour, the design, everything! Love it!

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    Aug 4, 2009, 05.12 PMby nikkishell

    I love this style of dress :)

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    Aug 4, 2009, 03.37 PMby nana2be

    Thanks Alden for clearing that up. Maybe it is just me, but I am often surprised when members complain about the cost of the patterns. Has anyone bought a, for example, McCalls pattern recently? The last one I bought for a dress was 4 years ago and it cost $16.50 US. I live in Canada so that increased it accordingly, plus taxes (14%). Also, I live about an hour away from anywhere I can purchase it so gas, oil, etc. figures into that. Sure, I could order it online, if I want to wait but if I need it quickly…. What all this ranting boils down to is that I am happy to pay $5.00 for this pattern and tape some paper together…. thankyou BurdaStyle!

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    Aug 4, 2009, 01.07 PMby ambermommy

    Anna looks like Scarlet Johanssen. Very pretty. I want this dress in emerald green!

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    Aug 4, 2009, 12.06 PMby amyg

    Amazing, Lovely – sooooo Sex and the City.

    I can’t wait to sew one, so chic and classy. Love it at any price.

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    Aug 4, 2009, 10.34 AMby alden

    HI Everyone,

    Though this is a user pattern, it was not part of a contest. As you can see in this original blog post, we asked you to submit creations to be part of the BurdaStyle catalog. MadisonAF23’s Kangaroo Pocket Dress was chosen from all submissions and was paid for her incredible design. Though we understand your concern, we need to charge for patterns to cover the cost of our overhead. Running a site for nearly 240,000 members as well as developing new patterns and projects takes an incredible amount of time and resources. Thanks for understanding and most importantly, enjoy the pattern!

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    Aug 4, 2009, 08.44 AMby ink

    I was wondering when this beauty would show up! I went bonkers trying to find this dress, trying to remember when and by whom it was made. Beautiful! I loved the original dress more but I think this one will suit a great many more body types. The pockets pushed towards the sides will help flatten the area rather than highlight it. My only concern with this pattern has been stated by others here. Perhaps a forum should be held re: ‘designer rights.’ Addressing the issues of whether burdastyle can charge, if so how much? ‘designer rights’ fee’s per design…etc… Perhaps burda style can use an online survey company to address this. I have used survey monkey for my business/volunteer needs. Can’t wait to make this dress!

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    Aug 4, 2009, 08.04 AMby littleredflutterby

    I agree with all the other comments re the price tag for a member created pattern. Is this the same as the Maryy hot hot heat dress where some system glitch put a price on the pattern. Its a lovely pattern but costing my time for lining the paper pieces up and sticking them altogether makes this little pattern quite costly. Its a shame as i would LOVE to make it. Hoo hum…………….

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    Aug 4, 2009, 04.27 AMby marigoldfairy

    really nice design and i could see it’d come up better in maybe a stretchy wool for winter. Am taken aback at the price tag though! are these patterns getting more expensive?

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    Aug 4, 2009, 03.28 AMby queenvanilla

    Nice color! :)

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    Aug 4, 2009, 01.41 AMby teamydear

    It’s a gorgeous dress indeed, but I’m also questioning the pricing of a member’s design? I agree with Julietta, if you charge, then MadisonAF23 should get a share. Please tell us if there is a new policy and tell us about the policy you will use whenever we are asked to submit designs we like.

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    Aug 4, 2009, 01.41 AMby labetenoir

    I have to say as much as I love the design, I’m also a bit disappointed that you’re charging for a design based on on a member’s design, even though you’ve stated pretty explicitly that you were not going to do this. Yes, there’s work involved in drawing up and grading the pattern and getting it print ready- but then you shouldn’t have stated you were going to offer it for free in the first place.

    I think what most of us want is just some sort of clarification…

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    Aug 4, 2009, 01.10 AMby julietta

    I love the design but I’m very disappointed that you are charging for a member’s design even though you always said differently. I don’t think it’s right unless Madison herself gets the money.

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    Aug 4, 2009, 01.04 AMby madamewu

    this is so so so beautiful but it would be better if it had been free… :)

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