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Study Break Dress

Added May 2, 2010

by Passiona Cottee

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Project of the Week!

It is amazing how much you can get done when faced with a university assignment… stuff other than Uni, that is. A tidied house, organics composted and here we have Kathrine.

BurdaStyle really is a great place to learn. The weekly projects help build skills within time limits. For this project, I learnt which needle and stitch to use with the linen from the Sandra Betzina blog here on BurdaStyle. And this one helped me choose which thread. Especially KateXXXXXX’s comment.

The firsts in this project:
pleats, pleats and more pleats

Notes on the pattern:
The first set of front pleats are the hardest. The second set on the front are easier as a seam forms one of the pleat lines. And the set on the back are also made easier by the seam lines. Remember to baste the pleat lines it makes it sooo much easier.
– didn’t need a zipper in the side: slips over the head just fine
– added an inch at the first lengthen line, on the neckline: arm holes a better size (for layering, too)
– understitched neckline: instead of top-stitching
– contrast check bias binding on armholes: for the inner nerd

OK, back to Uni!

Material Notes

Linen, linen bias binding (made from swatches at local community centre)



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Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Preppy



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    May 3, 2012, 05.57 AMby furrylogic

    Yours is so much nicer than the original BurdaStyle version!

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    May 26, 2010, 03.34 AMby sandrasews

    Wow, stunning, I love your take on it.

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    May 10, 2010, 04.33 AMby nessys

    This is absolutely gorgeous. Love the fabric and the contrast for the “inner nerd” is “bliss in bias”!

    Once again I am in awe of your creativity, skill, energy and time management! Your version really does this pattern justice.

    PS – I am also impressed you managed to skip the zip! Woo-hoo Darl!

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    May 4, 2010, 05.56 PMby sewbissy

    I had never paid attention to how cute the pleating details were when I saw the site’s black version, but I love it in this fabric! Lovely.

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    May 4, 2010, 02.16 AMby kahlok

    Beautiful dress, stylist and looks comfy too!

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    May 3, 2010, 08.51 PMby pixxxiepie

    Outstanding show and it looks sooo comfortable…yet stylish. Good work on the pleats!

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    May 3, 2010, 08.40 AMby bttn

    I love your version of this pattern, it is very beautiful!

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    May 3, 2010, 08.37 AMby sarsaparilla

    It looks great! I wish I had one to wear when I’m studying :)

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    May 3, 2010, 02.42 AMby littlecottondresses

    I’m not a big fan of this pattern because it looks a little on the baggy side, but yours turn out really cute!

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      May 13, 2010, 02.30 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Hi littlecottondresses, when I first saw the pattern, browsing the patterns here on BurdaStyle it didn’t really catch my eye, either. I gave it a second look when it was project of the week. When I saw the instructions suggested to use a cotton fabric, I thought ‘that would look softer!’. And, yes, the pose of the model holding out the pleats on the pattern cover makes it look baggier then it really is, you’re very right there! Thanks for your sweet comment.

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    May 2, 2010, 06.34 PMby ink

    This dress is a stunner! Love the details.

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    May 2, 2010, 05.45 PMby elaineren

    I love your interpretation of this pattern, more appealing to me than the original. Could you give us a picture showing the fullness of the front? That is the part I am unsure of. Looks great on you!

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      May 5, 2010, 03.53 PMby elaineren

      Thanks for the additional pic, love it!

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    May 2, 2010, 05.32 PMby libra-s

    Gorgeous! It suits you well

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    May 2, 2010, 03.30 PMby kleinfee

    A wonderful Kathrine! I like the fabric very much.

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      May 13, 2010, 01.40 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Hi Kleinfee, the instructions for the Kathrine suggest to use a cotton, and I think it suits the linen I used well, too. I am glad you like it.
      Thank you!

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    May 2, 2010, 02.26 PMby sandoz18

    I like this in a more demure fabric!

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      May 13, 2010, 01.38 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Hi sandoz, it’s amazing the difference a fabric can make. I do hope you get those two ‘year-in-the-making’ projects done – imagine how good you’ll feel when you do!

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    May 2, 2010, 01.40 PMby gabcorb

    This is a beautiful dress, you’ve made me want to make up this pattern too now! The pleats have come out really well too :-)

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      May 13, 2010, 12.45 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Thank you, gabcorb. I think the lighter fabric suits the pattern well. And that makes it more of a summer/spring dress, which means you’ve got plenty of time to make one before next season ;)

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    May 2, 2010, 12.56 PMby lizah

    it looks really good!

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    May 2, 2010, 12.38 PMby chichil

    What a beautiful dress, the details are so well done!

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      May 13, 2010, 12.43 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Thank you! I really like the New Look 6808 top on your blog. So sweet!

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    May 2, 2010, 11.10 AMby zickzack

    The dress looks really good! I have the same problem, I always get extremely creative when I should be studying.

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      May 13, 2010, 12.31 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Congratulations on getting featured member project of the week!
      It is so important to be creative. It is difficult not to follow the flow when it starts racing. I am learning to discern between when it is a complete fanciful escape (read: distraction) from when it is a genuine, balanced creative expression.
      Oh, and I’m happy to say, I got my assignment in on time, this time.

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    May 2, 2010, 10.55 AMby keren

    It’s a beautiful dress. The fabric is amazing, I love it. Great job!!!

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      May 13, 2010, 12.25 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Hi Keren,
      Thank you! I am really happy with how it turned out. Working with lovely fabric is such a pleasure. ;)

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    May 2, 2010, 10.08 AMby carolyn-s

    Lovely dress, and your fabric choice is perfect.

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