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Spring Dress with a Touch of the Fifties

Added May 24, 2010

by ustreetmove

San Diego, Calif...






This is my version of Burda 7494, a pattern the company says can’t hide it’s 50s roots: Peter pan collar, princess seams, tulip skirt. A joy to put together.

I did apply some lessons from sewing the BurdaStyle Marie skirt here, namely I altered the rear pleats so it laid flat, and I used the Marie skirt facing on the hem of this dress as well. I also omitted the lining and adjusted the bust point.

Material Notes

Yellow cotton for dress, navy toile for collar.




Garment Type

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    Jun 2, 2010, 12.50 PMby lybu

    Nice. The fit is just perfect.

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    May 25, 2010, 12.53 PMby chichil

    What a terrific dress, I love it!

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    May 25, 2010, 01.50 AMby loreliz

    so beautiful! perfect fit :)

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    May 25, 2010, 12.53 AMby alazycalm

    This looks amazing! I have a question: in what way/why did you adjust the bust point? I’m working on a mock-up with my first princess seams, but mine are more towards the middle – like over the bust. Did you move yours more towards the side seams? If so, why – what does that do? Anyway, great dress – I love the color as well, and the collar just gives it that much more interest! :)

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      May 25, 2010, 01.32 AMby ustreetmove

      Great question, and it makes me wonder if I’m using “princess seams” too loosely (I’m still learning!). The front bodice of this dress is shaped like a T and there are two side panels sewn in at a curve (as you would a princess seam) but it passes on the side of the bust points.

      I think it’s akin to a small or full-bust adjustment (I read most patterns are based on a B-cup). I’m always worried that a top will be too baggy given my small bust, so I measured my bust point and compared it to Burda’s measurements for my size and found a 3/4 inch difference. So I shortened the top part of the pattern by that much (at the “shorten here” line). This small adjustment fits my small bust and allows the waist to fall where it’s supposed to! Hope this helps!

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    May 24, 2010, 04.26 PMby rifka


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    May 24, 2010, 11.12 AMby embaby

    Lovely colour combination on a lovely frock!

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    May 24, 2010, 10.29 AMby linalu

    Wow, this is great. I have been thinking about making this dress for a while. I think you convinced me to do it soon. You look great in it!!!

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      May 25, 2010, 01.20 AMby ustreetmove

      Definitely try it! I look forward to your version :)

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    May 24, 2010, 08.45 AMby nettevivante

    It suits you perfectly! I really like the color.

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    May 24, 2010, 08.30 AMby Jodi Wade

    Love the collar!

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    May 24, 2010, 07.41 AMby emalamb900

    This is beautiful. I love it

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