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Marlène in the 50s - BERNINA 3 series - Prom dress

Added Nov 20, 2010

by mixtlii

Montpellier, France






So here’s my entry to the competition. Phew! I thought I couldn’t make in time…

Inspired by the 50s, from an actual dress from this era : a white embroided cotton dress my grandma gave me a month ago (see my inspiration picture). I had to unmake it in order to get the pattern right, which is a crime against fashion… But I will sew it back, I swear!

So it is basically the same, except for the darts I changed into princess seams, and I made it longer. It will be my prom dress. I also added a belt with a flower, inspired from this project

I made an organza stole that is wrapped around the bust, but the pictures really don’t advantage it. Too much light with the flash.

I really like that era, because it makes such a feminine figure, I absolutely LOVE the “Corolle” collection from Dior, the “flower-woman”… And I think it suits my body type quite well.

Thanks to my friend Flo, I have so many beautiful pictures it’s hard to choose which ones to publish… That’s why there are so many!

Material Notes

Organza, blend of satin, stretch polyester… ?



Related Techniques


Garment Type
Evening Wear



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    Feb 28, 2014, 08.23 PMby SassyT

    Featured on Sassy Sewing Bees https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

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    Feb 27, 2012, 03.32 PMby didymo411

    i’ve seen your technique on how to draft the bodice, but can you explain how you did the neckline and collar?

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      Feb 27, 2012, 06.20 PMby mixtlii

      Hi, there’s no collar, it is just the shoulder seam that continues up on the neck.
      I didn’t draft it actually, it’s from my grandma’s dress…

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    Apr 4, 2011, 01.10 PMby staticstasy

    This is so beautiful. I’m planning on copying it for the prom I am going to. I was wondering where you put the zipper…? I’m guessing in the back, for the collar to fit?

    It is really very pretty :)
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      Apr 4, 2011, 01.51 PMby mixtlii

      Oh oh thanks, so my invisible zipper really is invisible?? ;)
      Yes at the back, because the neckhole is so small!!

      If you want to copy it, the technique I made may help you (I explain how to draft the top). (See “related technique”)
      I’ll be happy to answer your questions if you don’t get it.

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    Mar 9, 2011, 04.52 PMby maylym

    Whoua!! elle te va à la perfection! Bravo! Et elle est exectement la robe que je recherche pour le mariage de mon frère (en courte). Est-t-il possible de m’indiquer ou je peux trouver le patron, ou du moins un très approchant. Encore une fois, MAGNIFIQUE! J’adore,

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      Apr 4, 2011, 01.53 PMby mixtlii

      Merci :)
      Désolée j’avais pas vu ton message avec les problèmes du site…
      J’ai pris comme modèle une robe de ma grand-mère, donc pas de patron disponible, mais j’explique comment refaire le haut à la fin de la technique “modify darts on your patterns”, tu as le lien dans “related technique” après le texte.
      N’hésite pas si tu as des questions!

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    Feb 12, 2011, 05.53 AMby shela

    How wonderful it must be to share this with your grandmother and how proud she must be. The dress is exquisite. Well done.

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    Feb 10, 2011, 09.15 PMby msgems

    Awww.. this is soooo beautiful!

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    Dec 28, 2010, 11.40 PMby wilesofstarlight1

    Absolutely lovely! Great job figuring out the pattern from your grandmother’s dress. Any chance you could post the pattern on here?

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      Dec 29, 2010, 08.24 AMby mixtlii

      Thank you! Well I guess I could, but It would be only my size, I don’t know if it would be interesting…

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      Jan 25, 2011, 07.30 AMby wilesofstarlight1

      It would definitely be interesting! And it’s not too hard for people to grade the pattern to their own size. I’d love to see it!

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      Feb 22, 2011, 12.16 PMby mixtlii

      Hi, I didn’t post the pattern because I made so many alterations, I’m not sure it looks like the actual dress anyway…
      But I explain how to draft the bodice here
      And the skirt is just a circle skirt.
      I hope it’ll be useful, if you have any question feel free to ask.

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    Dec 24, 2010, 05.20 AMby Xenia phillip

    this is pretty i love it u did an amazing job

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    Dec 14, 2010, 09.04 PMby danired

    You did an amazing job! Its beautiful!!

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    Dec 7, 2010, 07.53 PMby drault

    très élégant , bravo !

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    Dec 6, 2010, 08.37 PMby peaches2218

    The fit is perfect on you, and the colour is stunning.

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    Dec 6, 2010, 01.07 PMby ShanHU

    Wonderful girl in a wonderful dress… Magnifique!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 06.38 AMby bhs

    Everything is WOW: the color, pattern, photos…

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    Dec 4, 2010, 11.18 PMby elaineren

    Gorgeous! You have my vote!

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    Dec 3, 2010, 04.58 AMby sew4esty

    This is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! Well done :) P.S – we love photos so no need to be sorry. The more the better.

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    Dec 1, 2010, 11.29 AMby cinamo

    I really love it! I would like this dress for my special wedding! :) Stunning!!!

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      Feb 22, 2011, 12.17 PMby mixtlii

      Hi, I don’t know if you’ve had your wedding yet, but anyway it’s just to let you know I explain how to draft the bodice here
      The skirt is a simple circle skirt.

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    Nov 28, 2010, 02.08 PMby frkbustad

    Wow!!! I want this dress! It’s the most beautiful evening dress I’ve ever seen! And the fit is great!

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    Nov 28, 2010, 02.54 AMby lyudmyla

    Gorgeous!!! Absolutely stunning.

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    Nov 27, 2010, 08.35 PMby jambrigid

    WOW! This blew my mind. You are amazing Iseult! xxx

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    Nov 25, 2010, 01.03 AMby imogens

    Simply incredible!! My favourite project EVER on Burdastyle!!

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    Nov 25, 2010, 01.03 AMby imogens

    Simply incredible!! My favourite project EVER on Burdastyle!!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 12.34 AMby lizajane09

    Wow, beautiful!

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    Nov 23, 2010, 05.54 PMby peachypanda

    i’ve fallen completely in love with this dress

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    Nov 23, 2010, 12.53 PMby nadia42

    Stunning!! The colour looks amazing on you!! Nice work :D

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    Nov 23, 2010, 12.24 PMby oriane

    a perfect “coroll”, just like Dior! very nice, and the color, i love it

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    Nov 23, 2010, 11.33 AMby Sewing And Style

    wow, Iseult I really hope it wins !!!!!!!!! What a masterpiece!

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      Nov 23, 2010, 12.08 PMby mixtlii

      Ahah thank you Juliette, that is so kind!

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    Nov 23, 2010, 10.10 AMby zaarissima

    it is absolutly fantastic (the pattern, the fabric, the color…perfect!!!!) I would like to make it!

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      Feb 22, 2011, 12.18 PMby mixtlii

      Hi, if you are interested, I explain how to draft the bodice pattern here
      The skirt is a simple circle skirt.

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      Feb 23, 2011, 09.21 AMby zaarissima

      Thank you very much – I’m very happy !!!

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    Nov 23, 2010, 09.32 AMby mili222

    This is fantastic!

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    Nov 23, 2010, 06.40 AMby mathildeaparis

    Waouh… Elle est magnifique, et semble tomber nickel sur toi! Bravo!!

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