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Star-burst Dress

Added Jan 18, 2012

by ThreadTheory

Victoria, Canada






This was my New Year’s eve dress, and, while not a perfect fit or flawless finish, was worn with pride nonetheless! I chose a slippery fabric because I couldn’t resist the navy blue sheen and wanted something dressier than the heavier weight dress fabrics with some body suggested. I think I prefer the way the light weight fabric allows the folds of pleats to fall from the starburst but imagine something of heavier weight would have discouraged the little bit of a pouf this creates at the stomach – kind of unflattering! I love the front of the dress but don’t like how the back emphasizes everything BUT the waist. I wish I had taken the time and had the skill to lower the waistline. How high it is might have something to do with the fact that it was my first time grading a pattern and I had to make it several sizes smaller…It is quite possible (and likely) that this process led to some inaccuracies in the pattern pieces. I had the most difficult time assembling the skirt as it seemed that I had either sewn the back panels reversed or they didn’t account for a swayed back or any sort of a curved bum! I think this was all due to a mistake in assembly and I re-stitched it as many times as the fabric would allow with no luck. I ended up trying to make a sway-back adjustment and several other tweaks on the fashion fabric which wasn’t the best idea as the fabric looked quite tired and worn by the time I’d finished the dress, but it produced satisfactory results! I noticed Ichigogirl asking about whether the pattern was made to fit the standard B cup size and while the bust didn’t turn out huge, it does seem to be quite a bit larger than I’m used to for Burda Style patterns – it certainly doesn’t fit my embarrassingly tiny bust! I love the slight curve of the neckline and didn’t want to ruin this by changing it so I sewed it as is and then, realizing how much it gaped, ended up quickly sewing my bra to the edge of the neckline, which, in a pinch, prevented me from displaying anything I didn’t want to on New Year’s eve, but now that I see the dress in the photos, I realize it also led the topmost pleats bunching up in a way they aren’t intended to. I learned a ton on this dress and, while it isn’t fitted well to me, I sure looks beautiful off of me and is a gorgeous dress! Thanks Burda Style for such an inspiring pattern!

Material Notes

Satin, polyester lining, invisible zipper




Garment Type
Evening Wear
Blends, Satin



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    Apr 26, 2012, 02.10 PMby nishavinod2009

    lovely dress! it looks great on you! perfect choice of fabric and color too.

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    Jan 21, 2012, 12.57 PMby ttnora

    You were beautiful in it!

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    Jan 20, 2012, 04.44 AMby sew4my3

    You look simply divine in this head turner! Beautiful sewing!

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    Jan 19, 2012, 05.58 PMby bohemiannow

    It’s lovely and you look fantastic in it! Well done!

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    Jan 19, 2012, 02.54 PMby claudinka

    It’s beautiful, and you look georgeus in it!

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    Jan 19, 2012, 06.22 AMby schnui

    Your dress is stunning and you look stunning in it too. I have been using Burda patterns for 30 years and I learnt a long time ago to use the sizing chart and to take every single measurement that is on that chart. We all have slightly different measurements and it is amazing to find where they are. If I was to make that dress, I would have to lower the shoulder measurement so that the bustline would be where it should be and add extra length to the waistline so that the waistline was where it should be. You only have to do this measurement once to find out where your body differences are, particularly for length and then you can apply the changes to any pattern where you know that you will need a good fit. Good luck with your next project.

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      Jan 20, 2012, 11.28 AMby ThreadTheory

      Thank you for the tips! I just began my first formal sewing course so I’m thinking of asking the instructor to spend a little time helping me alter the waist and necklines.

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    Jan 19, 2012, 06.06 AMby leahfranqui

    So stunning! Absolutely bombshell worthy. This is just gorgeous, well done. And despite all the frustrations, it looks amazing and fits you beautifully.

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    Jan 19, 2012, 03.19 AMby madebymeg

    very cool! what a babe

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    Jan 19, 2012, 12.23 AMby Tracey McGowan Wirth

    va va voom!!! you look fantastic!!! The dress really looks great! Really… a job well done!

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    Jan 19, 2012, 12.12 AMby blueartisan

    Sometimes the best projects aren’t the ones that are perfect, but rather the ones you learn the most from doing! I can see how you fell in love with the fabric, I would have too! I look forward to seeing your next attempt at the dress, I think it will be great!

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      Jan 20, 2012, 11.28 AMby ThreadTheory

      I look forward to trying it again, this time with more casual fabric and possibly a different skirt. Thanks for the encouragement!

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