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Added Jan 19, 2009

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






At last, a wrap dress! And not just any wrap dress: with crisp lines and elegant structure, this is fresh but classic version.

Material Notes

silk shantung, self-made piping, fabric-covered buttons, snaps



Related Techniques


Garment Type
Cotton, Silk


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    Dec 6, 2009, 04.12 AMby Dawn Marx

    This is a great dress. I absolutely HAVE to get this one :)

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    Aug 4, 2009, 05.15 AMby stylnprofyln

    This is cute! I just may have to go on and get this!

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    Jun 28, 2009, 04.07 AMby joshua-haligowski

    It is great… i like it. it’s clean and the color that you have chosen is great. you are a good designer.

    good work =]

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    May 18, 2009, 12.23 AMby baberahamlincln

    I have some comments about this dress. First of all, it’s kind of a nightmare to try and make it. The directions are not very clear or detailed. The pattern lacks a lot of guiding marks and there is no lay-out plan for cutting the fabric. Hence, I couldn’t it it onto 2.5 meters of fabric. Anyway, here is what I learned: First of all, the sizing doesn’t really matter, since it’s a wrap-dress. I’m closer to a 44, and I just cut the pattern a little big in a few places and it actually ended up turning out too big in a lot of places. I couldn’t figure out how to put the pleated inserts in. It’s completely unclear how or where they go according to the pattern and instructions. Also, I didn’t have enough fabric to make the cuffs, so I endd up just making cap sleeves, which, cut to the pattern plus about 1 cm to account for my bulging biceps, were absolutely huge on me. Also, I think this should have some darts somewhere around the chest area or arm holes, and there is some small mark on the pattern, but the instructions don’t mention it. I also think the arm-holes are too big. The shoulders were way too wide for me. Even in the photograph of the model you can see that this dress is a bit bulky in the arms and sleeves. I used a lightweight cotton but collar still kind of stands up in a strange, almost vampirey-trench coat look. I found that it was more flattering to have the wrap button under my bust, which with my C-cup ended up being extremely low-cut and somewhat indecent! Anyway, after wearing it once I realized I have to take off the sleeves, add a dart, narrow the shoulders, and make the sleeves smaller, before potentially adding the piping. As soon as I finish I will post pictures. Xoxox Nicole

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    Apr 28, 2009, 03.13 PMby olivian

    I’m SO close to finishing mine! Except I don’t understand how to work with piping…..

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    Mar 19, 2009, 10.07 AMby bubbley74

    you must be joking if you think you can turn this or the blouse in to a plus size.the ruffles on the blouse will make the bust look inches bigger than what they realy are OK if you are an a or b cup, and as for the coat cross over and a bow in front us plus size ladies have little or no waist none of us want a double layer of thick material over our front and the bow wil be a foot infront of most of us it dont bare thinking about.Insted of addapting a pattern from a size 8 to fit us make us one that will suit us PLEASE.Bubbley74

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    Feb 22, 2009, 03.56 AMby munchie

    I was just thinking the same thing Mandymoo! This Rocks ! As a trench, you could have long sleeves for the colder start to the spring season and alter it in the summer for shorter sleeves for a perfect look! I need to buy it!! =)

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    Feb 1, 2009, 01.54 PMby mandymoo

    i keep looking at this dress i love it so much i think i am going to have to buy it. great pattern burda

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    Jan 30, 2009, 03.47 PMby mariejessie

    There is a lot to like about this dress:

    Wraps are in, so this dress works in that regard. It is also has classic styling, and the piping gives it a nice crisp feel, making this dress a wardrobe staple.

    If, like most people, you need to make a few adjustments here and there, the princess seaming provides ample opportunity to tailor this dress to your shape in just the right places.

    The skirt as shown has fun pleats, and are easy to sew as pleats go. The pattern would easily lend itself to removing the pleats for a pencil skirt, or altering the skirt to another type altogether.

    Personally, this isn’t my type of design. It doesn’t appeal to my mid-40s sensibility, nor is my size represented. Were I to make it, I’d need to make extensive size revisions, and I’d need to change the skirt type for my heavier hips. As a short woman with a bottom heavy hourglass shape, I find wrap dresses difficult to fit and wear unless made in jersey fabric. Further, I find piping tedious to make, though it is possible to purchase premade piping, which is what I’d probably do!

    Were I able to grow another 7 inches and lose the same amount in my hips, I’d love this dress! Is there a pill for that?

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    Jan 29, 2009, 02.06 PMby TerezaSews

    I have a dupioni that is crying to become this dress in deep mauve but it is too small! Please please please make it up to 44 or even higher because this cut is just so flattering for everyone and so versatile!

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    Jan 27, 2009, 10.56 PMby zyurelaie

    oooooo this would be awesome in a jean fabric but this brown-tan is fabulous!!!

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    Jan 24, 2009, 06.36 AMby staticstasy

    Very pretty!

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    Jan 23, 2009, 07.27 AMby benedikta

    Hi Auntchelle, See my comment above, we are looking into making this for a wider size range. We will keep you posted. Best, Benedikta

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    Jan 23, 2009, 05.43 AMby kdexeter

    Absolutely beautiful! As a fan of vintage clothing, I think this is a wonderful example of classic styling brought up to date, it reminds me very much of a 1950s pattern I own. I would have to lengthen it though, but this is wonderful!!!

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    Jan 23, 2009, 04.29 AMby miss-g

    So happy with this pattern. Its a gem. I would make it as a trench for autumn with long sleeves in gaberdine or cotton sateen. It would have been good to have a decent full length back view photo. Its hard to tell what it looks like from behind. I’d also like to see a pattern for a regular wrap dress in the style of Diane von Furstenberg. There’s a lot of potential with a classic pattern like that.

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    Jan 22, 2009, 04.12 PMby auntchelle

    Great pattern. I agree that the size range is disappointing. I would love to see this pattern adapted to a Plus Size. A basic wrap dress for ALL sizes would be great.

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    Jan 22, 2009, 08.12 AMby linn

    I wanna make it! But I can’t download the pattern because I don’t have a creditcard, I’m just 16 years old.. and my mother also don’t have one :(

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    Jan 21, 2009, 04.43 PMby hamble

    Such a cute coat dress! Loving the new oldstyle looks that are floating around. I agree with a few others who have posted that a larger size range would be nice. My size is usually covered, but I like to make clothes for friends, and as my skills don’t run to size alteration, its not fun to have to limit myself and my friends due to body type. That said, its so great to have open source patterns to play with, really appreciate it and I’ve been spreading the word!

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    Jan 21, 2009, 02.56 PMby jules80

    wow i love it! hopefully i’ll get good enough at this sewin thing so i can make it!! love love love it!!!!!

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    Jan 21, 2009, 01.27 PMby maldrich

    I would want THIS wrap dress pattern in the larger size range. But please tell me that US sizes 10-14 aren’t typically going to be excluded from your patterns. That would be highly disappointing since I imagine the majority of users fall in the 6-16 size range.

    As for a more basic knit wrap dress, bring it on! (though with my straight stitch Singer I imagine it’ll be awhile before I’m able to afford a zigzag machine).

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    Jan 21, 2009, 09.56 AMby nehmah

    TO THE team, This is a very nice coat pattern, however there are two potential problem sites. Those who are larger than a minimal C cup will find this gaps at the bust-line. Altering a double-breasted garment to fit correctly from a C cup to a DD is difficult. Above a DD and there will be real trouble. Perhaps you could post a How-to about this, not the one there as you have the overlap areas to be considered. The second area can be remedied more easily. The inset portions of the skirt will have to be top stitched for several inches, to keep the insets from spreading, should you have any fullness at side hip, abdomen, or rear. If not stitched down, these insets will also tend to gape. The easiest solutions are to use heavier fabrics, or eliminate the insets. They are a design detail and do not appear to be absolutely needed. For those who feel that these remarks should be at the pattern purchase site, I cannot post there. I won’t pay for a pattern that I cannot use. I am a plus-size. (It is, I suppose, possible that the Team has considered these areas, and the pattern directions will address these issues.) Most sewists (I do like the UK term) are just that, sewists; they’re not graduates or even students of fashion design or guild certified tailors.


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    Jan 21, 2009, 09.09 AMby victors

    think thats a great idea. thanks!

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    Jan 21, 2009, 07.02 AMby benedikta

    Some comments are asking for a more basic wrap dress, somewhat DVF Style. While designing this one I was kind of thinking that we did not have a basic wrap dress. But we got carried away with this creation and were having too much fun to just go with a basic. However I think that you are right, we need to think for the future if we should not design a basic wrap dress for you as well, in order for you to be able to add your own design details and I am wondering if that would not be of more interest offering that in all sizes. What do you think?

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    Jan 21, 2009, 06.53 AMby benedikta

    I can not believe that you all love this so much. That is so much fun! We are absolutely excited and are hoping we hit the nerve as much with the following creations! Since there is such a high demand for the pattern we will consider creating this for a larger size range. Don’t expect it to soon since we have to reconfigure it for a different body type, but we are on it and will keep you posted! Yay for all your positive feedback!

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    Jan 21, 2009, 01.36 AMby Hedda Nilsen

    If all the coming patterns are as gorgeous as this one, you’ll make up for the previous weeks annoyances in no time! But, as so many have pointed out, why only up to size 40? Luckily it’s perfect for me, but wrap dresses look SO good on bigger figures. This’d be the perfect birthday present for more than one of my bigger than 40 but not at all plus-size friends.

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    Jan 20, 2009, 11.21 PMby cottonrose

    Very neat. I like the smart tailored lines. Don’t know if I would make it because I think those cross over necklines always have a habit of gaping. But it DOES look nice!

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    Jan 20, 2009, 08.45 PMby shessomelicious

    I would absolutely buy this if it went up to my size – a US 14 or 16 (RTW – I think about an 18 – 20 in traditional pattern sizes). It’s so beautiful and a shape that girls who are packing heat front and back (aka a little thing known as curves) could totally rock.

    Please, you beautiful Burda people, heed the responses and make this available to the busty and the bootyful. Because I would look SO foxy in it!

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    Jan 20, 2009, 06.33 PMby lisashep

    Stunning…I might tweak a few details, but I love the tailored approach to the wrap dress!

    lisaCultured Expressions

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    Jan 20, 2009, 06.18 PMby staticfax

    I love this I have an idea to make it a coat and do it in like green corduroy with brown cuffs for a steampunk outfit.

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    Jan 20, 2009, 06.13 PMby saweimer

    I, too, would love to try this pattern — but, alas, I don’t think I have any part on my body that is a size 8! Any chance that patterns will be available in Women’s sizes??

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