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Shiny Red Party Dress

Added Feb 22, 2014

by Anna Stavrin...

Norwich, United ...






I made this dress from the burdastyle pattern from december 2013. Because I usually have to make modifications to get the bodice to fit I muslined it in cotton and thankfully I didn’t need to change anything! Burda patterns are turning out to be my body type! Finally, I’ve found a company that makes patterns that fit me with minimum modifications! Although I did move the neckline up by about 2cm because it was a little too low for my tastes. This stretch satin is very hard to iron unfortunately, so sorry for the wrinkles.

In this project I did my first kick pleat. The instructions were confusing, but looking at other skirts of mine I could figure out how to make one, although I think I made it on the wrong side.

The boddice is interfaced to make it stiffer, and is also lined. The skirt is not lined, and I regret not lining it because the satin fabric makes a lot of static against tights, so I can’t wear tights with it. Oh well.

I wore this dress for my work christmas party. Very comfortable! I could have left the straps off though, the dress stayed up quite well before I put the straps on, but I though it would be a little too much Jessica Rabbit if I went strapless.

A nice fit for me and I might remake it one day in a different fabric.




Garment Type
Evening Wear, Classic

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    Apr 4, 2014, 03.31 AMby sugamom

    was it hard sewin satin. i recently got satin fabric and i can’t seem to get it right

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      Apr 5, 2014, 09.16 AMby Anna Stavrinides

      Hi! I actually enjoyed it, found it behaved under the needle. But it is hard holding it together, tends to shift if it is held along the flow of the shiny part. And needles leave a mark if they catch a thread. This was a synthetic satin with quite a bit of stretch so that might play a part. I’ve been making something recently with a much nicer satin (it doesn’t have as much sheen to it because the floating threads are shorter) and yes it’s slippery but seems to behave on the machine. The raw edges need to be treated in some way to stop them from fraying. The bodice of this dress was lined so that dealt with that issue, the blouse I’m making now has french seams to stop the fraying. Hope this helps!

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    Feb 22, 2014, 06.30 PMby Mokara

    Nice dress & beautiful color. I like the idea of interfacing the bodice, I should try it because I always stay away from strapless dresses cause they don’t stay up :)

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      Feb 22, 2014, 09.35 PMby Anna Stavrinides

      Thank you very much :) I tend to stay away from strapless things as well, but I think if it is constructed well, ie tight enough above the bust that it holds it up, or tight enough on the ribcage to support it, they are ok. Of course a good strapless bra always helps!

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    Feb 22, 2014, 04.43 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    Wow! It’s great! : ) I made a toile of a strapless dress and interfaced the entire bodice like you did and it stays up fine. It makes you wonder if boning is necessary at all…

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      Feb 22, 2014, 09.49 PMby Anna Stavrinides

      Thanks :) Yes I think they stay up fine, as long as you don’t have to wear it all day, I think that is where boning becomes a good option, to add more support to the fabric.

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    Feb 22, 2014, 03.22 PMby cchristie

    It’s hard to resist a shiny dress and this one is no exception. Enjoy!

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      Feb 22, 2014, 09.49 PMby Anna Stavrinides

      Yes, I fell for the “ooh shiny” aspect of the fabric :P

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    Feb 22, 2014, 10.53 AMby liliv-1

    Very nice idea to use this pattern this way! The dress is great on you!

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    Feb 22, 2014, 08.43 AMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous dress. The fabric and the colour are both lovely on you. I was thinking of makung sime slips to wear under dresses with this pattern but now i see yours i know what a fabulous dress it will make as well x

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      Feb 22, 2014, 09.51 PMby Anna Stavrinides

      Thanks! That is a good idea actually, it would be great as a slip, almost like it’s use in the photo with the sheer over-dress!

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