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Spring Racing Carnival DIY

Added Nov 23, 2012

by Eleanor Thomas

Melbourne, Austr...




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Plans to make the Front Pleat Blouse 07/12 were revised when I was gifted mega-metres of this silky yellow and black mystery fabric – it was perfect for the dress variation, and the dress variation became the perfect outfit for Oaks Day at Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival. I secured the pleat with a large black button brought in Buenos Aires a few years back. Add a few handmade pom-poms for headwear and some supersized black heels and I felt a million dollars without spending a cent!

I made size 40 and didn’t add seam allowance, in my never-ending bid to find my true BurdaStyle size. I liked the length just below the knee. My pleat-folding somehow made a double pleat, which I could probably never replicate, but which I rather liked. I didn’t bother with the button hole and snap, as the neck is wide enough to lift over my head, and instead just stitched through the thicknesses. Easy to sew and very easy to wear!




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Evening Wear

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    Feb 16, 2013, 02.43 PMby craftycatgal

    Ah, so glad you posted your garment. It actually looks cooler than the Burda Pic. Glad to hear it was easy and I will give it a try after crying myself silly for being unable to follow the shirt dress pattern the other day. I’m sticking to Novice patterns. Ur post encouraged me again to try a new garment. Wish me luck!

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      Mar 18, 2013, 08.23 AMby Eleanor Thomas

      Sorry to be so late in wishing you luck! I’m sure you’ve nailed it by now – it’s amazing how so few lines of instructions can drive you so bananas (it’s also amazing how so few lines of instructions can create a finished garment, which is where the frustration really lies!).

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    Jan 11, 2013, 09.48 PMby danutzafly

    I got the same kind of airy crepe de chine, but I kinda feel the need to add a lining to it… is that recommended for summery, drape-y dresses like this one? Thanks for your answer!

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    Nov 23, 2012, 11.06 PMby Dawnqirl

    Great dress, love your choice of fabric!

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    Nov 23, 2012, 06.26 AMby Mary Athey

    I love your take on this dress!! you did a great job and the dresd is lovely.on you. i know what you mean about burda sizes?? i cut out one dress and it would.ve fitted me and my daughter in and a top that fitted my 13 yesr old neice.i had to put a black pleat in that i.ll probably never be able to replicate again either lol x

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