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Member Model Challenge Spotty Pleated designer dress

Added May 18, 2014

by Lindsay Hodgson

Kigali, Rwanda






So this is my first finished Burda pattern! (I had started another bombshell dress but am struggling on the bodice). I have had a fair few ups and downs – mainly since my machine kept getting stuck in stretch stitch! Ahhhhh!

Anyway – this is a size 36 on the top part and a 38 on the bottom. I tapered the top bodice to reach the same dimensions as the 38 at the bottom part where it meets the skirt.

After being meticulous about my pattern matching and cutting on the front pieces and the skirt, I then just didn’t think when cutting the back bodice parts. When I sewed it up, the spots were about a half a circle ‘off’ and it looked very odd. Luckily there was some give in the waist and I was able to move it along the half circle needed just in the fitting process. I am particularly pleased with the way that the back seam came out below the zip – you can hardly tell that there is a seam when it is worn.

I used binding tape on the arms which I hope is allowed (another member asked and was given the go ahead so fingers crossed). I had also struggled as you cannot find concealed zips in Rwanda. Funnily enough the one I found has a Mercedes symbol for the puller -hilarious! I also used the binding tape to finish the hem and on the facing back.

The material is another super find. Only one market seller had this one. It is the same fabric as another dress I made only the background is purple not white.

I love the pattern – may make it again with long sleeves though as I think that will give it a business edge.

I’ve updated my pictures as I noticed all the other contestants had really professional looking ones. These are about the best I can manage here with my little camera! I’ve also now included a few more close ups for construction shots

Material Notes

Cotton with a little stretch




Garment Type

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    Jun 2, 2015, 09.40 AMby Kasiorist

    lovely dress, the fabric, fitting and the finishing look so nice! happy wearing

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    May 23, 2014, 03.47 PMby yenny lee


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      May 23, 2014, 04.10 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thanks Yenny! Your designs are gorgeous too!

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    May 22, 2014, 02.35 PMby KIMAIS

    What a funky dress! and the zipper – how cool is that!? love the visible bias binding and your shoes are a perfect match!

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      May 22, 2014, 05.15 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thanks! I do love this fabric and the zip is so funny and random! Good luck-I think you are going to win! Love yours.

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      May 23, 2014, 02.38 AMby KIMAIS

      Your dress is so much fun – great you included some close-up pictures (you want to show all the effort you put in all the little details, right ;-) I like it when clothes are pretty on the inside as well

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    May 20, 2014, 08.17 PMby annaaustintx

    Wow, what a fun fabric! And great job with the construction!

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      May 20, 2014, 09.41 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thanks Anna! I love yours too. Has made me think I need to buy some stripy fabric! :)

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    May 19, 2014, 02.41 PMby kisses

    Nice dress and the fabric is fab…Looks good on and good luck

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      May 19, 2014, 05.01 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thanks Kisses! I am just looking at all your projects – they are fab. I love all of them so we must have similar taste :)

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      May 20, 2014, 01.28 PMby kisses

      Thanks Lindsay….those are kind words. A good designer will recognize others. Keep up the good job on your projects also :-)

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    May 19, 2014, 02.52 AMby rita61

    Great dress on you

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    May 18, 2014, 09.44 PMby maggieg5

    what a fantastic dress and I just love the fabric,…and you shoes work well with the outfit as well :0). Great photos to!!

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      May 19, 2014, 06.06 AMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thanks Maggie! I adore this fabric. It is just so cool! And I love how the shoes go too x

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    May 18, 2014, 09.11 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Very well done Lindsay! I love all the colors and it suits you perfect!! Great photos :-)

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      May 19, 2014, 06.05 AMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thanks Ellen – you are always to very kind! I love fab bright colours! x

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    May 18, 2014, 08.45 PMby Mdelaat

    Very beautiful. A real eye-catching dress! Great shoes as well, they finish the look of nicely. xx

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      May 19, 2014, 06.05 AMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thanks so much. I love these shoes too and they do go really well together! x

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    May 18, 2014, 07.58 PMby cchristie

    Great result. That fabric is irresistible

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      May 18, 2014, 08.04 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thanks! And yes – I had to buy this new colour as well as a whole new batch of the white background too :)

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    May 18, 2014, 06.41 PMby IDia

    Realy lovely! Good luck to YOU!

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      May 18, 2014, 07.01 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thanks so much! I see from your status that you are working on one too so good luck back! Look forward to seeing your creation too :)

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      May 18, 2014, 08.38 PMby IDia

      Thank YOU :-) only hope to finish it in time…

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    May 18, 2014, 06.22 PMby liliv-1

    What a great dress you will be asked where you bought it all the time!

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      May 18, 2014, 06.27 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

      What a lovely thing to say! Thanks you very much. And I will certainly be proud when I tell them by the way. It’s very addictive this sewing isn’t it?! So much quicker than knitting and crochet. I am totally hooked :D x

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    May 18, 2014, 03.20 PMby tomako

    I love it!!! Very fashion forward – great fabric choice.

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    May 18, 2014, 02.49 PMby Mary Athey

    This is gorgeous, i love your fabric and photos x

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      May 18, 2014, 03.02 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thanks Mary! I really love this fabric too. I need to work out what I will do with the other 2 metres or so! (They sell in a quantity here called ‘pannes’ which I guess is the french for 6 yards. So you get around 5.5 metres although this one came with a blue complimentary piece for 2 yards and then 4 yards in the spotty) x

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