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slimmy cate

Added Jul 23, 2008

by marcy harrie...

New York, New Yo...




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i finally got the cate pattern right. (ish.) i had to really go through the instructions & make some corrections (many thanks to lauren fortgang & juneann), and made changes to the length, gathering, lining & straps… not to mention my husband’s antics…

more at my blog! oonaballoona

Material Notes

very thin jersey knit, i think it’s cotton. at any rate, it’s a material that doesn’t like so much to be picked apart at the seams oh, say, around 12 separate times. is there any material that enjoys that?





lauren fortgang


my huuuuuuusband

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    Mar 11, 2010, 05.33 PMby gramakris

    Can you send me your instructions….I too am lost!

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    Nov 10, 2009, 03.05 PMby origamary

    It’s perfect!

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    Dec 28, 2008, 09.47 PMby Lauren Fortgang

    Totally adorable. And thanks for the shout out (blush)! Missing you and Burda, but NYE is around the corner and I smell an emergency frock coming on!!! I’ll keep you posted!

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    Dec 25, 2008, 08.09 PMby amylp85

    It looks great! the fabric is a wonderful choice and you did a great job!

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    Nov 20, 2008, 02.50 PMby kaykim94

    Congratulations on your creation, the fabric makes it look like a designer dress!

    As a lot of others, I’m also struggling with this pattern. Thanks to people like you, I have been able to come along pretty well, but I’m still looking for the measurements and instructions on the bow that goes on the original Burdafashion 7983 “A” dress. You don’t happen to have any ideas on it? Thanks a million, and keep making these beautiful dresses!

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    Oct 20, 2008, 03.01 PMby yoko-1

    Wow…i really like it…and want to make my own! Thanks for sharing! :o)

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    Oct 9, 2008, 04.06 AMby deeem


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    Sep 8, 2008, 06.25 PMby stephaniemorgan

    so pretty!

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    Aug 21, 2008, 07.36 PMby feliceskye

    this dress is great! I love the colors and the patterns!

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    Aug 12, 2008, 10.44 AMby marmota-b

    Help! I don’t keep up with BurdaStyle! How come I missed this dress here? The more I look at it, the more I love it… you WON!

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    Aug 9, 2008, 09.41 AMby coffeina

    it looks so beatiful. i love the print and what you have done with it

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    Aug 3, 2008, 10.40 PMby maya511

    GASP this is gorgeous! simply gorgeous.

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    Jul 30, 2008, 09.11 AMby carottesauvage

    This is a fabric to die for! Great dress!

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    Jul 28, 2008, 03.36 PMby antigone

    Oona! I. Am. Going. To. Die. Of. Jealousy. This is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! The best Cate yet. I’m off to your blog……..

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    Jul 28, 2008, 04.16 AMby nicola82

    Funny how you just get attracted to certain fabrics… your dress reminds me of something very 1970s… standing around the swimming pool, or the BBQ with a tumbler of pretty potent punch.

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    Jul 28, 2008, 12.01 AMby Angela Ashley Chiew

    I love that you stuck with this and made it work in the end. It’s giving me courage to get back to the dress I messed up before going on holidays

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    Jul 24, 2008, 07.46 PMby jj1

    I really really love it. I will read more details in your blog.

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    Jul 24, 2008, 12.14 PMby Vivat Veritas

    i love it! it looks great!!

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    Jul 24, 2008, 11.06 AMby fabricaddict

    Wow amazing dress, that fabric is divine, it looks so good! all the unpicking was well worth it!

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    Jul 24, 2008, 09.36 AMby reneebeth

    I have never seen such gorgeous fabric at hancock’s! It’s so great you found it, because it was made for this dress. congratulations, it’s beautiful!

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    Jul 24, 2008, 08.33 AMby akazukinchan

    I think your dress is worth all the effort you put into it. Looks fab!

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    Jul 24, 2008, 08.11 AMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    wow, i couldn’t believe i had so many comments when i woke up! thanks everybo-dah! the fabric is from my favorite store in arkansas, hancock’s. it’s a chain but this one seems to be more mom n pop. i took everything they had left on the bolt and it STILL wasn’t enough for the skirt! i had to add triangular panels at the side bottoms :)

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    Jul 24, 2008, 05.51 AMby dianacirne

    Gorgeous dress!! The fabric is so very well chose! Love it!!!

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    Jul 24, 2008, 04.51 AMby maldrich

    The fabric! Sigh…. it’s so beautiful…

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    Jul 24, 2008, 03.52 AMby mjb14

    Im lovin the maxi dress at the moment. This fabric is gorgeous.

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    Jul 24, 2008, 03.45 AMby senasews

    Gorgeous fabric. You look beatiful in it and maxi dresses are sooo trendy now!

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    Jul 24, 2008, 02.36 AMby polychromatin

    Very sweet Cate, the fabric is absolutely gorgeous and perfect for it!

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    Jul 24, 2008, 02.28 AMby olyaboieru

    This print is amazing!! It’s so summerish and bright! Very nice dress!

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    Jul 24, 2008, 01.55 AMby milkyway

    Oh my, what a lovely dress, but I really adore the fabric

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    Jul 24, 2008, 12.57 AMby naughtylittlepony

    Beautiful! I love the maxi skirts where the fabric pattern is big enought to change from top to bottom like that. Your creations have such style, Oonaballoona.

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