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Maxi Dress - Burdastyle magazine #117

Added Jun 27, 2011

by Emma Jeffery

Huntington Beach...






I love this maxi dress (since I’m tall most store bought ones end somewhere around my calves!) but I found the Burdastyle magazine instructions really badly written. I really think this would be a great project for a novice sewer but the instructions are so complicated it would be a total put off for someone with little experience. I did take some photos as I made my dress and wrote out some clearer instructions for making the bodice part on my blog if it helps you to give it a go.


In all, I really like the dress. It has an invisible zipper down the back and it uses a ton of fabric! I bought 5 yards and don’t have much left over. I didn’t add the lace detailing that the instructions seem to talk about, but I put piping around the back and neckline which I really like.

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    Apr 21, 2017, 02.02 PMby imoetz

    Your dress turned out very nice! I’m trying to follow the instructions that come with the pattern and having an awful time following them. It seems that it has an extra piece that is not even mentioned on the instructions (piece #24). I was trying to take a look at your instructions but the post is no longer there, do you have the new URL for it by any chance? Thank you!

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    Jan 10, 2012, 04.45 AMby psailsm

    This is really pretty and colour is great on you! Good job

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    Jun 30, 2011, 02.18 PMby nikkishell

    Lovely dress! I have the opposite problem, i’m short so i’d be tripping over a store bought maxi dress ;)

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      Jun 30, 2011, 02.51 PMby Emma Jeffery

      Too funny! Since I started making my own clothes I’ve been noticing how badly some store-bought things actually fit me. Hooray for making clothes that fit properly!

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    Jun 29, 2011, 03.16 PMby Emma Jeffery

    Thank you everyone!

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    Jun 28, 2011, 09.10 AMby hdk100

    I’ve always loved these maxi dresses, yours is beautiful!

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    Jun 28, 2011, 03.08 AMby momsgotanewhobby

    Love this color and it is very pretty!

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      Jun 30, 2011, 02.52 PMby Emma Jeffery

      Thanks, I love the color too. It was as Kona cotton in raisin. Describes it perfectly!

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    Jun 27, 2011, 05.41 PMby jadestar

    I like this. Think I’ll have to go track down that burda mag…

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