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Mesh Dress with Beaded Yoke

Added Mar 29, 2016

by nrobson

Akl, New Zealand






Jeweled Neckline Maxi Dress – Burdastyle 06/2010 #101
DIY Foam Rubber Embellishments – Burdastyle 1/2013

This is a petite pattern but I still wanted to give it a go, but made a big mistake by using black very stretchy mesh, which I bought at a local sewing fair. It took me a hundred times longer than normal to sew this lol than if I were using a woven fabric. Trying to sew small straight pleats on mesh stretch fabric is a no go, if you can tell from the wonky pleats on the bodice lol (I wonder if maybe hand-basting first might have made a difference). In fact it should never ever be attempted, it will likely end up a mess. Even the side seams tended to twist and curl (perhaps the seams were ’off’grain’ but this type of fabric tends to misbehave regardless); and the hem at the back rises a bit (unless when that happened its just because this lightweight material had got caught up around my butt or something lol). I also made a slightly shorter hem than the pattern. Its only for me anyway, in fact I might just say it was an intentional organic asymmetric look lol. To distract the eye I cut some geometric shapes out of craft foam-rubber pieces I bought at the dollar store and hand-stitched them onto the yoke, which is self faced in mesh, for a tribal touch, an idea I got from a back issue of burdastyle. Location: Parnell Gardens.

Material Notes

fine light-weight black stretch mesh (very stretchy, 4-way stretch), craft foam rubber shapes




Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Evening Wear, Ethnic, Goth/Gothic Lolita

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    Jun 22, 2016, 12.34 PMby nrobson

    Post project thought: Also considering the fit was off on some of my other projects e.g. metallic bustier, twist-bandeau, and various swimsuits – I’m (finally) convinced its important/easier if I stick to the recommended material to suit the pattern/style/sizing/techniques- well unless i feel like experimenting lol

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    May 6, 2016, 12.02 AMby nrobson

    My shoots are getting more elaborate all the time, well at least for this dress because it took so long to make the thing, haha; Hand basting the pleats first would have made it easier to stitch them down, definitely, I need to get into the habit of hand basting; and why didn’t I consider using a bit of woven organza as interfacing, it would have stabilized the sewing of said pleats… Scratch that; in hindsight being stretch material, maybe I should’ve just gathered it, without even creating any pleats lol! … I just took updated pics of myself in this dress over a bikini, at Parnell Gardens- using my dad’s ancient 70s camera tripod- just like how my skin looks lol.

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    Apr 10, 2016, 02.35 PMby RedBelka

    Very cute dress! Love the neckline!

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      Apr 10, 2016, 02.58 PMby nrobson

      yay! thank you honey =P

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    Mar 30, 2016, 06.44 PMby liliv-1

    It looks really great on you! Despite the problems it turned out very nice! The decoration at the neckline made it special!

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      Mar 31, 2016, 01.02 AMby nrobson

      thank you Liliv yay! that means a lot. I’m glad it was alright in the end X

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    Mar 30, 2016, 03.59 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    I would wear this with pleasure! And those little triangles are so nice, those little details add spice to the dress…

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    • Simba_nov_06_large

      Mar 30, 2016, 05.42 PMby nrobson

      Lovely compliment, thanx hon! :-)

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    Mar 29, 2016, 04.06 PMby izbott


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    • Simba_nov_06_large

      Mar 30, 2016, 02.10 AMby nrobson

      thanks Izbott mate =D x

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    Mar 29, 2016, 01.43 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Ola-la! Very cool and Romantic! :)

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      Mar 30, 2016, 02.10 AMby nrobson

      thanking you very much Ellen darling! x

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    Mar 29, 2016, 10.13 AMby kelerabeus

    Good for you for not giving up, it looks good in the end! I love the detail around the neck, very pretty.

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    • Simba_nov_06_large

      Mar 30, 2016, 02.09 AMby nrobson

      thanks so much. i was feeling determined, and it was able to be redeemed lol! x

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    Mar 29, 2016, 09.06 AMby SueMH

    Nadia your dress looks really nice on you. I like what you have done to the neckline. You can try narrow iron on seam tape to stop the stretch on tricky bits it’s only about 50c metre. Just a thought. Well done for your perseverance.

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      Mar 30, 2016, 02.09 AMby nrobson

      thank you Sue! I will have to find some seam tape when i go to the store next. the neckline saved it hopefully haha x

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    Mar 29, 2016, 07.07 AMby Beccki

    I like to call my mistakes “design features” lol. I think the dress looks great on you perfect for the beach and a hot sunny day, I love what you have done with the geometric shapes on the neckline. X

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      Mar 30, 2016, 02.08 AMby nrobson

      haha yea they are defo intended design features! it makes a great cover up with this mesh. I seem to like using the wrong fabric for my projects, I live dangerously lol. x

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    Mar 29, 2016, 06.57 AMby chula123

    regardless all your issues with it, I think it is a cool looking dress! the colourful shapes around the neckline give it the extra touch :-)

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      Mar 30, 2016, 02.07 AMby nrobson

      thanks heaps chula! a distraction for the eye is the way to go x

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    Mar 29, 2016, 05.20 AMby Maria Hayek

    Looks cool regardless of all your complaints ;) The pleats are intentional (that’s your story from now on :D) and I didn’t notice the back issue until you mentioned it :)

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      Mar 30, 2016, 02.06 AMby nrobson

      haha thank you; yeah i know it was deliberate ;) my mother once told me that no one notices things until I actually mention them lol! x

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    Mar 29, 2016, 05.13 AMby Mary Athey

    It looks great on you and all your effort was worth it.I made a pencil dress with s cut out criss cross back out of similar fabric. It stretched so much the straps got shorter and shorter Lol, it’s lying in a bag now.I love the neck and well done with the shapes x

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      Mar 30, 2016, 02.05 AMby nrobson

      thanks so much Mary! yeah i am going to try to avoid stretch mesh for the rest of my life lol! x

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