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my rustling dress

Added Apr 25, 2014

by kelerabeus

Beograd, Serbia






When I saw Barbara dress made by our fellow member alekat, I immediately fell in love! Fitted bodice with sheer bishop sleeves and flared skirt – what’s there not to love?! Plus, I already had the perfect fabric in my stash – I couldn’t resist making myself one. Thanks for inspiration Catherine!

Since I couldn’t find the right pattern I made my own. I just took some basic bodice pattern and redrafted it, and the skirt is 3/4 circle. I’m happy with the way it turned out.
Dress is made with chiffon, which is my absolute favorite fabric in the whole world! So feminine and delicate, I simply adore it. Sometimes It can be a little tricky to work with (plus you have to french seam everything), but the end result is worth all the trouble. Bodice is lined with satin and in the middle of the sewing I realized that I’m not gonna have enough of it for the skirt as well, so I lined the skirt with some polyester lining. That turned out to be unexpectedly good decision, because now dress makes the most amazing rustling sound! So darn cute :)

We have a very moody spring weather here. The day before these pictures were taken I was caught in the rain totally unprepared and I came home with my fancy shoes all wet :( The next day I decided to not take my chances and to wear rain boots. As It turned out, my friend Tea was thinking the same :) The funny thing is – the clouds passed by, the rain was nowhere to be seen and the two of us ended up walking around on the sunny afternoon wearing our rubber boots.. Oh well.

Material Notes

Chiffon from my stash was find from a few years ago, I found it in a remnant box and it was already cut in pieces. I had to work some magic in order to successfully place all of the pattern pieces I needed, those sleeves are true fabric eaters!!! Dress is lined with satin and poly lining, and there’s an invisible zipper on the back.




Spring, Fall
Garment Type
Bohemian, Romantic, Vintage
Chiffon, Polyester, Satin


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    Aug 24, 2014, 09.18 AMby alekat

    Oh your version is so beautiful! im glad to have helped inspire you! xo

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      Aug 28, 2014, 03.53 PMby kelerabeus

      Oh thanks, I’m so glad to hear that :)

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    May 9, 2014, 08.23 AMby Byanka Ayala

    Oh my goodness… I fell in love with your dress! It’s just perfect in every way. Love how it looks so feminine. A dress I’d like to have in my closet! Hard work always pays off. This just went on my to do list (very long list by the way) : )

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      May 9, 2014, 09.14 PMby kelerabeus

      Oh, thank you so much! I’m constantly inspired by the work of Burdastyle members, it always brings me a great joy to hear that others find my work inspiring as well :)

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    May 2, 2014, 12.49 PMby sewing fanatic

    Ah its lovely

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      May 2, 2014, 03.04 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you, glad you like it :)

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    Apr 28, 2014, 09.22 PMby ellie-sew

    Wow! What a gorgeous dress! I am fond of dots and I love the whole thing together with the tights and the nail polish. :-) Great style, so classy and cheeky at the same time!

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      Apr 29, 2014, 09.27 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much! I’m prone to anything dotted, black is usually not my color but I couldn’t stay away from the print :)

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    Apr 27, 2014, 07.02 AMby Anjovis

    Amazing dress! I love everything anout it. The sleeves, fabric, silhouette… Perfect. And the dress looks amazing on you. Great job :)

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      Apr 27, 2014, 08.16 AMby kelerabeus

      Thanks, that’s nice to hear! I’m quite happy with the way dress turned out, I wore it for three days in a row :)

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    Apr 27, 2014, 02.40 AMby lesmis87

    Great job! Love the sleeves and you did such a professional job with a difficult fabric. I pinned this for my own inspiration:)

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      Apr 27, 2014, 08.10 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! I love working with chiffon, I find it very rewarding in the end :) And thanks for pinning!

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    Apr 26, 2014, 05.46 AMby Couture Academic

    I absolutely adore this! Bishop sleeves are my absolute fav, and good on you for drafting it yourself. Perfect fit.

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      Apr 26, 2014, 09.09 PMby kelerabeus

      Aww, thank you so much! It wasn’t that hard to redraft the pattern, once you have some basic block to start with :)

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    Apr 25, 2014, 10.32 PMby liliv-1

    There is really nothing about this dress not to love.

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      Apr 26, 2014, 09.01 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much! The exact same words crossed my mind when I first saw alecat’s dress :)

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    Apr 25, 2014, 08.46 PMby cchristie

    The dress is amazing. I love the shape and drape of the sleeves

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      Apr 26, 2014, 08.56 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! Sleeves are my favorite part as well :)

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    Apr 25, 2014, 08.35 PMby maggieg5

    what a great dress, looks lovely on you, well done

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      Apr 26, 2014, 08.55 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much!

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    Apr 25, 2014, 08.34 PMby slmnstyle

    Very pretty! I love polka dots!

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      Apr 26, 2014, 08.47 PMby kelerabeus

      Thanks! Usually I don’t wear black (like, never!), but this polka dotted chiffon was way too cute to pass up :)

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    Apr 25, 2014, 08.32 PMby Mauude

    SO pretty!! I love this dress! :) Congrats, it’s really beautiful.

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      Apr 26, 2014, 08.42 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! I’m glad you like it :)

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