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The Burda September cover dress (summer lace version)

Added Nov 1, 2011

by squirrellypoo

London, United K...






This dress is just so stratospherically flattering and magical that I couldn’t resist making a summer version in pale pink and grey lace, even though it meant hours of hand basting the lace onto the knit during our French road trip. And then once I was home, fusing metres upon metres of vilene bias tape to the various curved seams so they wouldn’t ripple during wear.

All this before I even constructed a single seam, but you know what – it was totally worth it.

Even though the fabrics took a bunch of extra prepping, at least this time around my pattern was already exactly the way I wanted it! You can read all about the pattern alterations I made to “un-petite” this pattern back when I did them for the winter version. And as before, I also shortened the hem so this falls above the knee, my preferred length.

I was just reading in a fashion magazine this morning that instead of the usual “little black dress”, this season it’s all about “the little lace dress”! It appears I’m colliding with the catwalks, and for much less than the thousand pounds the magazine’s example dresses cost! In fact, the grey lace cost me €10 (and I’ve got a bunch leftover, too) when I bought it in Paris last summer, and the pink viscose jersey was £10 total from Ditto (and as you’d expect from them, it’s beautifully soft and supple). Ha!

I once again assert that this pattern is magical – not only does it do wonders for my figure, but it made the sun shine so warmly that I didn’t need tights! So yes, ladies, this dress is shown without any added influence of tights sucking me in, too!

See much more over at FehrTrade.com!

Material Notes

Grey stretch lace from Paris and pale pink viscose jersey from Ditto Fabrics




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Preppy, Romantic
Knits/Jersey, Lace/Sequins



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    May 20, 2013, 08.11 PMby Helguchi

    Wow! This is an amazing version of the pattern. I would say that your version is beutiful but I’m afraid the term runs short because your dress is more than gorgeous and elegant. Impossible not to love. And you look awesome on it. Fantastic fit.

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    Jan 9, 2012, 11.27 PMby VeggiNerdz

    This dress looks great on you! Good job! I wish I was as skilled as you to make me one!

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    Nov 13, 2011, 04.24 PMby nouvellegamine

    seriously gorgeous dress! i’ll have to read your instructions to de-petite too :D

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    Nov 3, 2011, 02.10 PMby wildflower31

    You are so talented, the dress is awesome itself and you look awesome in the dress.

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    Nov 1, 2011, 09.37 PMby infinite-plus-one

    wow, I really love this (: i might try this myself!

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    Nov 1, 2011, 09.37 PMby infinite-plus-one

    wow, I really love this (: i might try this myself!

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    Nov 1, 2011, 08.51 PMby step-van-b

    Great combination of the fabrics! I just discovered this pattern which looks fantastic. I have to make it too, but I’ll have to make up my mind regarding the choice of colours and fabric(s).

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    Nov 1, 2011, 08.44 PMby SiovhonCouture

    Very Cute!

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    Nov 1, 2011, 08.00 PMby RenaissanceBombshell

    This is nice. You have been so busy!

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    Nov 1, 2011, 02.41 PMby carolinschmidt

    I really like your colour/fabric combination! I was thinking about doing this pattern too. But the “sleeves” were just not my thing… doing tulip sleeves instead is a great idea.

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      Nov 1, 2011, 03.30 PMby squirrellypoo

      thanks so much! I also did a winter version of this dress with long sleeves. The armscye is just the standard Burda one so you can grab a knit sleeve off any old Burda top (like Lydia) and it should be fine!

      I also posted instructions on how to De-Petite this pattern which are linked from FehrTrade. :)

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