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Nora Plus

Added Apr 27, 2009

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






This is the plus size variation on the gown that Nora wore to the Bambi Awards. After the reaction to the original Nora dress, it was obvious there was no use making you wait while we sewed it up, we had to give you the pattern now! Though the photos are the same, the pattern is sized differently. The underskirt peaks out from center front and at the hem, the embroidered detail frames the face as fit for queen, and the curved seaming adds extra couture touch. Just in time for Prom season, we can’t wait to see your creations.

Material Notes

silk shantung, embroidered ribbon, silk charmeuse, horsehair braid, hooks and eyes



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Garment Type
Evening Wear



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    Oct 24, 2009, 03.20 PMby allyoop

    This dress is lovely and very flattering. I have seen some of the other variations, but this is my fav. Elegant!

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    Oct 15, 2009, 09.42 PMby ladykatza

    I think the belt is good for larger women that still have an hourglass shape. It might not be good for those with a pear or apple shape, however.

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    Oct 14, 2009, 11.04 AMby ichigogirl

    I actually think this is Arwen, neither Nora nor Alden… it’s quite gorgeous.

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      Oct 14, 2009, 08.31 PMby ichigogirl

      Oh, don’t read that the wrong way, Alden is always gorgeous!

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      Oct 14, 2009, 08.41 PMby alden

      hahaha never! Thank you!
      my entire life people have told me i look elvin. There was just a picture posted on facebook of me from first grade, my ears stuck out so much that if they had been pointed i would have had powers.

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    Oct 14, 2009, 03.10 AMby tputsche

    this is so elegant looking, it hardly looks like a typical plus size outfit. can’t wait to create one!

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    Oct 14, 2009, 12.40 AMby chookchick

    Tres magnifique! But I’d definitely make a muslin version first to obtain the perfectly customized fit.

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    Oct 13, 2009, 10.27 PMby tika1210

    Well I like a little fantasy in life and a beautiful frock is always welcome even if I only wear it for myself

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    Oct 13, 2009, 06.33 PMby kittyf

    Where’s the sizing info? will the sizing be adjustable for any size or does it just go up to an 18 like I’ve seen here before?

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      Oct 13, 2009, 07.45 PMby deb9000

      Look at the pdf instructions to download above. It says the plus is 16-28.

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    Oct 13, 2009, 04.58 PMby wzrdreams

    Oh WOW! This version is even prettier than the original. I think the fabric choices this time makes it look more like an evening gown. And as expect, Alden looks absolutely beautiful!

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    Oct 13, 2009, 04.42 PMby skwarynia

    This dress is so lovely and Alden looks just perfect! And I think it would be great as a BRIDE DRESS! Made in white silk, sleeveless, and with delicate creme pink underneath:) And of course long veil:)

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    Oct 13, 2009, 03.55 PMby sew4my3

    Man are you ever beautiful Alden! I bought the Nora about a month ago and hope to have a nice holiday dress soon. This is really inspiring!

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    Jun 29, 2009, 11.01 PMby sisterpatterson

    OMG! this outfit is so beautiful, it speaks to me. The coat is lovely fit for a queen…I must try my hand at this one for sure. Simply beautiful.

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    Jun 2, 2009, 04.41 PMby ionak

    I really like the long flow of this dress; I think the belt in self-fabric gives it just a touch of structure. I’m think of making a just below the knee version in a charcoal grey wool. The trim I’d make from a contrasting fabric (perhaps purple japanese-style print) with a folded/origami design element. Dress it down for the office and dress it up for a party!

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    May 3, 2009, 02.06 PMby kaegwyn

    I love this. I am 25 and quite a bit larger than my friends, so when I can make something for myself that fits this well and looks this flattering on a larger frame, I am thrilled. I wish I knew how to insert a photo onto this.

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    Apr 30, 2009, 11.22 PMby brickyboo711

    I wonder if you couldnt make it into a blouse or a jacket? its a gorgeous gown, but i think making it into a blouse would be an extra treat!

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    Apr 29, 2009, 01.03 PMby lilimoy

    Love this dress, love that it’s plus size, and actually the belt would be a fabulous idea for me. Everyone’s body shape is different, and some of us larger ladies do have great figures, and I’m glad I’m one of them! (breaks arm patting own back…)

    Since I’m a goth I can see this in black with some other pattern underneath (black and white stripes?) in a more casual fabric. Maybe a hand embroidered pattern instead of the braided border? Oh the ideas it gives me.

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    Apr 29, 2009, 05.58 AMby lookingpast

    If I were to make this dress, I’d definitely leave off the belt and want the bodice dart and skirt waistline dart to form one vertical line. I’d also want different sleeves—the short sleeves look too casual, somehow, for the dress.

    Sure wish I needed a beautiful dress like this. . . .

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    Apr 29, 2009, 12.05 AMby bubbley74

    I’m sorry but I disagree I am a large size and the belt around the waist is definitely a big no. The dress itself is stunning but for a smaller lady.

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      Oct 13, 2009, 05.44 PMby lala86

      well, maybe there should be a tutorial on how to change the position of the belt so as to place it under the bust. That option may look better in some figures.

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      Oct 14, 2009, 12.37 AMby chookchick

      I think this pattern gives a much more flattering “belt” option for a woman of queenly proportions. Since it is made from the same fabric the belt/waistband all but magically disappears into the dress. Yet it also provides a lovely bit of tailoring where so many patterns for curvy gals just billow into a shapeless cloud.

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    Apr 28, 2009, 12.56 PMby maggymoller

    This dress is wonderful. I’ll make one as soon as possible.

    and to nhulu. I found this store while looking for embroidered ribbon on ebay.


    Lot’s of pretty ribbons and silk lace trim.

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    Apr 28, 2009, 11.50 AMby nhlulu

    The dress is great, but not something I would have use for. However, I am green over the fact you were able to find braid trim! Where? How? From whom?? I have scoured the internet, and local fabric stores — nada! Never thought of asking here – but clearly someone must know! All help will be appreciated.

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    Apr 28, 2009, 10.00 AMby nehmah

    Thank You Alden, I now have the pattern. I’ll read over the directions, and print out the pattern. Then, I’ll post a review. I get proper glasses next week, so reviewing will wait until I can actually see the lines!

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    Apr 28, 2009, 07.33 AMby alden

    The price is right now correct. Sorry about the mix up!

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    Apr 27, 2009, 07.47 PMby nehmah

    The dress is lovely. Even though I am long time past prom night, I can remember. I do have one of those pesky questions, again. Why is this pattern priced higher than the standard size? Not even Vogue or Marfy do that.

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