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Added Feb 22, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






The beauty of making clothes is that a pattern is a block of myriad possibilities. There is so much potential locked in these patterns, we are excited to show you a new way to look at them. Interspersed with our new patterns, we will be showing you RESTYLED patterns from the past. Today we kick it off with the restyled Shakira dress.

Shakira was our first ever plus-size pattern. We’ve gone back into the vaults to give this old pattern a bold new look with contemporary revisions. Available in sizes 46-60, the simple tunic-like shape makes this a versatile pattern for alterations- envision it shortened to the length of a shirt, or make an apron with the pattern pieces like one of our users has done. We removed the sleeves all together, shortened the length and cinched the waist for a fresh look.

Check out the video for a behind the scenes look!

Material Notes

Cotton Jacquard, stretch cotton, interfacing, buttons




Garment Type
Classic, Mod, Preppy
Cotton, Blends


Artistic Director
Video & Editing

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    Sep 12, 2010, 10.25 PMby Leanne McKenzie

    I’m having a hard time finding your plus sized patterns on this site, and while the fashion industry considers 10/12 a plus, most of us don’t and neither does the sewing pattern industry.

    I would never buy this pattern because this isn’t an accurate representation of the dress in a plus size.

    It looks great and so does Alden, but I’m not seeing the dress as I need to.

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    Mar 9, 2010, 09.41 AMby pao

    Amazing! and fresh ;)

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    Feb 27, 2010, 01.50 PMby inlovewithcreating

    Hi,I’m a bit confused with the sizing,you said 40-60? I’m a size 12 UK 8 US,is there a chart somewhere that I can look at?

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    Feb 25, 2010, 12.35 PMby quiltingmick

    I’m confused – where are the instructions to make this restyled version? The link from the front page only goes to the old instructions for Shakira.

    The new Shakira looks great, but it would be more interesting (and useful) to see it on a larger model. Sorry Arden – you’re absolutely gorgeous – but size 10 is only plus size in fashion-land, not real-life-land.

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      Feb 25, 2010, 11.15 PMby quiltingmick

      Ah – I think I see wherer the changesinstructions arenow – they include info for a belt with hooks and eyes?

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      Mar 1, 2010, 03.38 PMby burdastyle

      The original Shakira dress instructions were modified to show you how to make the dress with and without sleeves (Step 9). The belt is a styling piece, it is not part of the dress actually, we got it at H&M.

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    Feb 24, 2010, 07.09 PMby sunnilj9

    I love the fabric used here and it looks so superb! Fantastic remake! Reminds me so much of great and colorful 1960 style. Fun and fabulous dress!

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    Feb 24, 2010, 11.20 AMby miss-g

    I like the remake. I think I like it better than the original. Alden – you look gorgeous as ever and I still can’t believe you are a plus size!

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    Feb 24, 2010, 04.48 AMby bubbley74

    Sorry but I have to agree with castargazer (1st post,)If you are going to show us a plus size at least use a plus size model.If only you knew how disheartening It is to see something you can actually make in your size,for it to turn out to be a totally different dress on your self. How about hiring a big lady to advise on the image we see and the image you see when we are looking at the same pattern, maybe worth thinking about seeing as the avrege size where I live U. K. is size 16/18.

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    Feb 24, 2010, 12.38 AMby castargazer

    Jeez – this model is just HUGE – what is she, like a size 10 or 12? Maybe your staff hasn’t noticed but the average American woman is between a size 14 to 16, with a whole lot of women weighing in at, or above, a size 20. If I were to buy this pattern to make for my daughter [about a size 20 to 22] she’d be in tears for hours and then she’d get mad…because the image in the mirror bears no resemblance to the image you show. Can’t you at least use “plus size” models who are size 18…using size 20 to 22 would be better. The plus size customer KNOWS they are not going to look slim and svelte with flat tummy, but at least if the model is TRULY plus sized, they will have some sort of idea of how the dress will look on. This is why I no longer sew for clients – even slim clients don’t look like the size 0 model pictured on patterns.

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      Feb 24, 2010, 02.51 PMby alden

      hey Castargazer,
      plus models start at size 10/12 which is exactly what i am, just like “regular” models are a 2/4 pluses are on the smaller end of plus. We use people from the team as models, I am the community manager here and have been the plus model for a year or so. This dress looks amazing on all sizes, check out what our other members have done with it!

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    Feb 23, 2010, 10.54 PMby ladysophie

    Wow Alden you are so PRETTY!!! I never knew!! Your slim and so beautiful! Good job of modeling this! I love the dress and the tights but Im not a huge fan of the belt though. Still good job to whoever did this revamp its awesome!!

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    Feb 23, 2010, 10.29 PMby madstitchress

    I know the belt was purchased retail…but I want a pattern for the belt! Or something similar….Love it! As for the dress, it is a great cut, but I’m big busted, but not plus-sized, so I don’t think it would work :(

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      Feb 24, 2010, 02.47 PMby alden

      it totally would work! you just have to take it in at the wasit

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    Feb 23, 2010, 09.21 PMby blb

    OK, I must be missing something here. The pattern is plus-sized, available in size 46-60, but it’s shown on a size 10-or-so model?

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      Feb 23, 2010, 09.32 PMby btgkowalski

      I agree. I wondered the same thing

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    Feb 23, 2010, 09.04 PMby adam1955uk

    This is miles better! The original was just so… dull… This has zing.

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    Feb 23, 2010, 07.18 PMby nettevivante

    Wonderful photos! You look so great in that outfit Alden! I actually love the colorful combination of that dress with the tights and the belt. Makes one longing for spring!

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    Feb 23, 2010, 03.13 PMby fraiche

    STAGGERINGLY well sewn, and I am crazy in love with the belt…. but I don’t like them together. I would love to see the silhouette without the belt, or with a matching belt, since it does show off Alden’s bangin profile.

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    Feb 23, 2010, 03.44 AMby sewobsessed

    love this outfit, where did you find such a short separating zipper? Good job.

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      Feb 23, 2010, 03.14 PMby fraiche

      Hah, this was the first thing I thought as well! I hope there is an update on this.

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      Feb 23, 2010, 03.49 PMby alisondahl

      The belt was purchased (at H&M I think) to style the dress with- it comes equipped with that little zipper. You can get zippers cut to be any length at many notions shops which sell them. Pacific Trim here in NYC does it for you.

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    Feb 23, 2010, 02.51 AMby mlssfshn

    What a great remake! Beautifully done work, love the belt and the construction is impeccable.

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    Feb 23, 2010, 01.16 AMby nessys

    I am just loving the perfection of print matching along the back where the zip is inserted! This to me, in itself is an art form. Alden – honey, you look lovely & those tights rock! Can’t wait to see the video!

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    Feb 23, 2010, 12.38 AMby reneebies

    oh wow love that zippered belt!!!

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    Feb 23, 2010, 12.16 AMby Dani Restercher

    Could this restyle be sold as a pattern? Non plus sized i mean, it’s lovely =]

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    Feb 22, 2010, 08.30 PMby pixelink

    Evolved into something more flattering, HOT HOT HOT!! Looking forward to more restyled projects ;-))

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    Feb 22, 2010, 07.52 PMby minnietheminks

    Love it, plus Alden you look smokin!

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    Feb 22, 2010, 06.59 PMby ashchaser

    OOOOh! Me like

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    Feb 22, 2010, 06.56 PMby wzrdreams

    Did you guys take the original sample and remove the arms and refit it for Alden?

    I like the zipper belt. That’s a great idea that I’ll file away for future use.

    Also…. great light and windows, but is there a WALL less than a yard from them? Crazy! :P

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      Feb 22, 2010, 07.54 PMby alden

      Yup that’s exactly what happened! there is an awesome video to come explaining it.

      That little space was so crazy

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    Feb 22, 2010, 05.04 PMby sewshaggy

    Very cool, I really like the details you added.

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