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Natty's BurdaStyle Book Dress Variation

Added May 29, 2012

by nattyjane

Berkeley, Califo...






The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook was released back in November, but I didn’t get my dress variation back until a month or two ago. Since then I’ve had it on display on my dress form, which was a silly thing to do when I should have taken photos of it straight away to share with all of you!

When I first received the fabric for this dress from BurdaStyle, I was a bit disappointed. In the sketches I submitted for the project I had asked for a blue cotton voile and this fabric was entirely different, quilters cotton and such a bright color! After I got over the initial bit of disappointment, I realized the bright color they sent me was way better since it challenged me and broke me away from my usual color choices. I’m still haunted by the fact that it’s quilters cotton because it made the dress pretty heavy.

The designs on the fabric form a striped pattern which I played around with on the bodice of the dress. For my variation, I added a button front and a collar, plus pleats on the skirt. I also added frills of fabric around the arm holes and across the back yoke.

I’m so happy that I got to be a part of The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, and I am especially proud of my work on this dress. I hope you all enjoy it!

If you would like to make this dress, check out the tutorial section of my blog! nattyjanesews.blogspot.com

Material Notes

Cotton, buttons, invisible zipper.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Romantic

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    Nov 2, 2012, 04.22 PMby mcclxix

    This was, by far, my favorite variation in the book, it jumped out at me immediately. Thank you for publishing a tutorial!

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    Jun 7, 2012, 02.54 PMby nettevivante

    This dress is so lovely! I am glad, they challenged you in this way because the outcome is just wonderful!

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    May 31, 2012, 11.28 PMby Jodi Wade

    That is such a pretty dress! I love the way you have used the stripes.

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    May 31, 2012, 07.56 PMby ichigogirl

    Lovely! Great contribution to the book (I hate to say, I don’t have a copy of the book at the moment, I gave mine to my mum for christmas and still haven’t bought a new one… shame on me. Must get a new one and look through it again)!

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    May 30, 2012, 11.21 PMby Meg Hardin

    I found BurdaStyle from the handbook and your dress was one of my very favorite (:

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    May 30, 2012, 02.48 PMby wzrdreams

    Your dress was one of my favorites! I loved the use of stripes. You did a great job.

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    May 30, 2012, 02.02 PMby lala86

    Good job! I’ll check out the tutorial later!!

    my blouse never came back =( I have lost all hope by now.. I did get the book though…

    Anyway, I had a different fabric than what I asked for, as well as it happened to you, but I managed.

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    May 30, 2012, 12.43 PMby libra-s

    I understand your disappointment with the fabric; it’s not very appealing by itself! But what you made out of that is absolutely fab!!! Very well done!!

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    May 29, 2012, 08.56 PMby sibeli

    I love this dress! It’s vintage-fabuous. Yours was actually my favourite variation :-) I had the exact same experience with the fabric (asked for stripes and got a veeery flowery pattern…) But then again who can complain when you get such a great opportunity :-)

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    May 29, 2012, 07.10 PMby wildcatspow

    Love this dress so much! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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