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Natty's Purple Dress

Added May 21, 2009

by nattyjane

Berkeley, Califo...






I’ve had my eye on the JJ blouse pattern since I joined Burda a couple of months ago and I can finally say that I’ve used it. This dress was created using the basic pattern with a few alterations:
I lengthened it to make it a dress rather than a blouse.
I decided to not add the ruffles this time around, although I’d love to try another time with them.
Instead of putting a band on the arm, I added elastic to give it a ruffled look.
The fabric I used is a cotton and silk mix which was a bit of a splurge, but it feels so nice! And I love the pattern on the fabric! And I finally made a dress that isn’t blue! It’s all so exciting!

Material Notes

Cotton and silk fabric, and buttons.




Garment Type
Casual, Classic

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    May 15, 2010, 01.16 AMby jr-1

    I would like to know about how much fabric you use? Good Job!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 01.29 PMby ginasophia

    hey Natty! I just caught this project and was wondering if you made this by lengthening the jj pattern at the legthening/shortening lines indicated on the pattern and add a little Aline to the bottom?? I have wanted a shirt dress for a while now and I absolutely adore yours!!

    I just hope I can find a fabric as gorgeous as yours!!

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      Mar 23, 2010, 08.11 PMby nattyjane

      Hello GinaSophia!
      Thanks for the nice comment! For this dress I kept the jj pattern whole (didn’t cut at the lengthening lines), added some newsprint to the bottom, and extended the lines. The center lines were easy because they were straight. The outer lines have the curve at the waist so I put my straight edge down after the curve and then extended the line (this gives an a line shape). I hope this makes sense. Let me know if you need any clarification!

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    Jan 25, 2010, 05.29 PMby rebeccalady

    sheesh i wish this was in my own closet haha

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    Jun 11, 2009, 08.04 PMby littleweasel

    Lovely dress! You have a good eye for fabric.

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    May 27, 2009, 07.50 AMby jj1

    Very cute dress. I’m glad that you use elastic around the sleeve band. It makes life easier. And yes, I’m proud ;-)

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    May 23, 2009, 12.14 AMby lizah

    really nice! great job :)

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    May 22, 2009, 08.13 PMby amarie

    JJ would be so proud!

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    May 22, 2009, 09.35 AMby joqueenbee

    Oh yes, that was definitely worth the splurge. Good effort! I think I need one of those in my wardrobe for the summer (if it ever reaches London that is!!).

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    May 22, 2009, 06.44 AMby sewrad

    Great fabric choice & it looks so pretty!

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    May 22, 2009, 06.01 AMby toupinette

    cute! You inspire me! I want to make a dress like that!

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    May 22, 2009, 03.31 AMby akazukinchan

    Pretty! I like the changes you made.

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    May 22, 2009, 02.57 AMby majola

    very nice!

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    May 22, 2009, 02.16 AMby anajan


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    May 22, 2009, 01.31 AMby emilykate

    Wow, it’s so beautiful! That is such a gorgeous fabric, worth the splurge certainly :o)

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    May 22, 2009, 01.30 AMby verypurpleperson


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