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Model Member Challenge - my sunflower dress

Added May 21, 2014

by kelerabeus

Beograd, Serbia






This dress is my entry for Model Member Challenge.

I was super stoked when Burdastyle announced this challenge – although I always loved the idea I never actually participated in any online challenge before. But this time I was determined to give it a try! Luckily, challenge was announced just before Easter holidays, which meant a break from work and enough free time to make a dress :)

In an ideal world I would make this dress out of some crazy big floral print (and maybe one day I will), but in reality once again I had to rely on my trusty stash. I chose a cotton stretch with tiny sunflower print – fabric is firm and a bit stretchy at a same time which makes it perfect for a sheath dress. Since the print is linearly arranged I had to be very careful with placing the pattern, while constantly checking does everything match after cutting each piece. It gave me a massive case of headache but everything was nicely matched in the end.

Dress is cut in size 36 for the bodice and 38 for the skirt. Although my measurements place me in a size 38/40 in the Burda size chart (which indeed is my real size), over the years I learned that Burda patterns have a lot of ease so I always go for one size down. Works like a charm!
I love the fit of the dress, it’s very flattering and super comfortable at the same time. Not to mention stylish :) My only change was the length of the skirt – I’m not the one for knee length (too serious for my life style :)) so I chopped it off a bit. Hem is finished by hand, with some self made bias tape and invisible stitches. I did the same with the sleeves. I also added a metal zipper on the back, just to give it a touch of cool :) Hope you’ll like it!

The biggest thanks goes to Dina for taking these beautiful shots, she’s really the best. I had a hard time down-editing my selection, so once again I’m gonna overflow you with the pictures of myself. Narcissistic much?




Spring, Summer
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    Sep 11, 2014, 01.03 PMby iewa

    Oh, great! You have the sama fabric as my A-line jacket! What a surprise! Your dress is gorgeous! I took this pattern as well, but did not sew yet.

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      Sep 11, 2014, 06.03 PMby kelerabeus

      Oh, isn’t that awesome! My go-to fabric store sells materials imported from Italy so I often see Italian girls using the same fabrics we have here, but obviously it goes much further :) I love your jacket, yellow details are so clever! And you should give this pattern a try, it really is a great one :)

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    May 26, 2014, 04.10 AMby nrobson

    this looks so good!!!! the shaping is pretty

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      May 26, 2014, 04.44 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! It’s really nicely drafted pattern, I hardly did any shaping at all.

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    May 23, 2014, 03.29 PMby yenny lee


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    May 22, 2014, 09.52 PMby rita61

    Your dress looks nice on you, and nice photos.

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      May 23, 2014, 08.35 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much :)

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    May 22, 2014, 02.26 PMby KIMAIS

    Great job! Tell me about matching a print…..my fabric gave me headache too :-D I think the metal zipper is cool

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      May 22, 2014, 05.01 PMby kelerabeus

      Thanks :) Your dress is amazing, best print ever! It was totally worth the trouble!

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    May 22, 2014, 09.58 AMby Lindsay Hodgson

    You’ve done a great job and the fabric is lovely. Good luck!

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      May 22, 2014, 05.00 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! I love your dress as well, amazing fabric choice!

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    May 22, 2014, 07.24 AMby mokosha

    lepa! divne slike i haljinica.. a i materijal mi je poznat (htela da ga uzmem za pantalone, ali sam odustala kad sam nasla drecaviji).. slazem se da burda ima te malo cudne velicine, ali kad jednom skapiras koja je tvoja sve je ok

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      May 22, 2014, 04.59 PMby kelerabeus

      E hvala :) materijal sam kupila u onoj ludoj rasprodaji u decembru, kad smo mislile da se zatvara radnja u st.merkatoru. Mislim da je bila jedna od onih situacija kada nisam sasvim luda za dezenom, ali je cena toliko smešna da sam ga morala uzeti. Još je i dobro ispalo na kraju :)

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    May 22, 2014, 01.33 AMby kisses

    Nice fabric..like the zipper and it looks really good

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      May 22, 2014, 04.57 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much!

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    May 22, 2014, 12.51 AMby Deanna31

    Wow, I love it! Great print and matching!

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      May 22, 2014, 04.56 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! Print matching was nerve wrecking, I’m glad that’s behind me :)

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    May 21, 2014, 11.37 PMby Mary Athey

    Lovely dress fabric and photos, good luck x

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      May 22, 2014, 04.54 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! We were lucky to find this spot with ivies, and the light was just perfect :)

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    May 21, 2014, 11.09 PMby liliv-1

    The dress is beautiful and very well made. The photos are lovely too. Good luck!

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      May 22, 2014, 04.51 PMby kelerabeus

      Thanks! I love the photos as well, probably my favorite so far :)

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    May 21, 2014, 10.46 PMby kihli

    A beautiful dress, and great idea with the zipper!

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      May 22, 2014, 04.50 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you, glad you like it!

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