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The Bordeaux Dress

Added Jun 24, 2009

by anajan

Belgrade, Serbia






A form fitting dress, shaped using waist and bust darts. It includes neckline yoke trimmed with golden band. An invisible zipper is inserted to the back seam. The dress has a back slit for easier walking.
I was inspired by Sew4my3’s creation, a lovely vintage looking dress she made for her daughter.
Sorry for the bad quality pictures, I will post better ones as soon as I get them.




Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Vintage
Cotton, Linen

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    Jul 3, 2010, 09.48 PMby ukwendy

    Hello AnaJan Is there any chance of this great shape being scaled-up to a plus? I’m already imagining what I can embellish the neck-line with to balance a heavier lower end.

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      Aug 9, 2010, 01.15 PMby anajan

      Hi ukwendy, sorry for the late reply, I don’t know how I missed your question.
      I am not an expert on grading patterns, so I can’t help you much with this. However, this dress’ pattern can be easily made by altering a basic sheath dress sloper. If you have such sloper, you can make your own Bordeaux dress pattern. I can post a technique for this alteration, if you want.

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    Jan 8, 2010, 01.27 PMby groovyboutique

    hi, yes i did cut out the dart space…i’ve always done that, figuring im just left with that extra bulk you have to iron over…I usually end up cutting it off anyways. but I guess it would have been about 1/4 of an inch smaller and shorter (the side darts) and maybe they wouldnt come so far in. I still think the dress will work, I finished the neckline anyways and I think with the stretching you wont notice..I will post photos once Im finished. Im new to the whole zipper thing, so I pray that goes well. Cross fingers! God Bless Groovy

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    Jan 8, 2010, 01.39 AMby groovyboutique

    Hi, I am putting this dress together right now.. The darts on the front, under the arms and the bust, have met right together on mine causing pointy areas right around the bust (unflattery) umm… I added seam allowance to all of the outer lined, should I have added seam allowance to the darts as well? Im not sure why the darts would meet right there together. I love this pattern and am using an awesome pc of vintage fabric Ive been wanting to try on something special. I hope it turns out wearable. Thanks so much GroovyBoutique

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      Jan 8, 2010, 09.55 AMby anajan

      Hello groovyboutique,
      So sorry to hear that! I am not sure how that happened.
      Did you cut out the fabric from the darts’ space? If you did so, that’s what you did wrong. The darts should be sewed over the dart lines drawn on the pattern.
      If this is not the case with your dress, you can post a photo of your dress, so I can see it and maybe I could help you more with it.

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    Jan 5, 2010, 07.30 AMby sarsaparilla

    Thanks for this pattern, I’ve been wanting a pattern with this neck style so badly!

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    Dec 10, 2009, 04.34 PMby quena-diva

    Anajan PLEASE can you add the instructions to this dress as the instructions on the old burdastyle does’nt work. THANK YOU!!!! p.s i am half way through the dress and don’t know what to do. thanks again!!!!

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      Dec 10, 2009, 05.31 PMby anajan

      I have posted the instructions under Print at Copy Shop Pattern PDF, but they are rather vague. In case you need any additional help with it, let me know and I’ll try to explain better.
      Good luck!

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    Oct 20, 2009, 09.15 AMby wonov

    Thank you, I have downloaded and made the pattern up in my size (44) in a printed twill.

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      Oct 20, 2009, 09.46 AMby anajan

      It’s good to hear that! Please, post some pictures of the dress when you find some time.

      Also, if you’re willing to share your resizing skills, I think many members would appreciate a how to (Including me! Unfortunately, my drafting skills are limited to my size only).

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    Jun 27, 2009, 03.38 PMby ralarkins

    AnaJan, are there no instructions? or am ai just blind this morning (which I could be since I have a degenerative cornea disease)? I like the dress, hence I downloaded the pattern, but I didn’t see instructions available on either the pattern or project page.

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    Jun 26, 2009, 08.31 PMby benedikta

    zzz This is a test AnaJan, I hope you are not receiving more than one email notification about this uninspiring message :) The dress is amazing btw!

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    Jun 24, 2009, 05.00 PMby nehmah

    Thanks for this pattern. It will be a go-everywhere in style dress. Cordially, Nehmah

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    Jun 24, 2009, 03.15 PMby ink

    Deja vu! I know that I have commented before but I wanted to reiterate how beautiful this dress is!

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