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Tulip Lover's Dress

Added Feb 20, 2011

by froggypondd

Hamilton, New Ze...






I was shopping with a friend last weekend, and I tried on one dress which although I thought was really neat, it happened to be too see-through for my liking (considering it was a summer dress and I’d have to wear a petticoat underneath) and I wasn’t prepared to pay the price for something which was so simple in design (I’m a student, I’m allowed to be cheap…). So I’ve instead set out to make my own version!

I drafted the pattern from scratch but with the guidance of an old Burda Style from 1982 that had a similar pattern, which I used to work out the ratio of how much material I would need to create the gathering I wanted.

To get around my see-through problem, I simply made the dress two layers of chiffon and made them different lengths to give it a bit of detail (also to hide my underwear). The frill then makes it three layers thick on the top so there would be no way of seeing my bra at all. Successfully solving the problem I had with the original dress!

(Just a note, on the picture I stealthily took in the dressing room as a guide, I have Photoshopped out my underwear)

Material Notes

I’ve been holding on to some peachy-orange chiffon that I was going to make some costumes out of (the same production that I didn’t need this material and ended up making my blue evening dress (http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/blue-evening-dress) but didn’t end up using.



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Other, Romantic
Chiffon, Polyester

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    Sep 26, 2011, 11.11 AMby madyb

    So lovely!And I like the color very much!Thank you so much for sharing!I’m definitely gonna try this!

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    Mar 5, 2011, 08.39 PMby cherwinamy

    Very cute and I like yours better than the one at the store anyway!

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      Mar 6, 2011, 10.51 AMby froggypondd

      Thank you! So do I :)

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    Mar 3, 2011, 04.04 AMby jmkump

    I love your dress, I can’t wait to make it. It’s still winter in WI but, come spring I think I’m going make it in green.

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      Mar 3, 2011, 08.13 PMby froggypondd

      Ooo gorgeous! I bet it will look stunning in green! Thank you n_n

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    Mar 1, 2011, 04.12 PMby xanray


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    Mar 1, 2011, 10.46 AMby marylisa

    Thank you for sharing!!! I love the idea of being able to make the garments we like without having to pay a fortune!!! Good job and once again thank you!

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      Mar 1, 2011, 09.00 PMby froggypondd

      Yes! I love not having to be forced to hand over hard worked cash when you know that it’s not worth it… Thanks :)

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    Mar 1, 2011, 10.24 AMby Zyanya Walker

    this is lovely! The one in the shop must have been very see through for you to photoshop out your underwear! It’s weird someone would even design a dress and sell one like that! Your version is very pretty and i think the colour you used is so much nicer and looks much better on you :)

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      Mar 1, 2011, 08.59 PMby froggypondd

      It was. I walked out of the dressing room to show my friend and she was like O_O and I looked in the long mirror and quickly retreated back into the dressing room…
      Thank you! Yes I like the colour of mine a lot more :)

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    Mar 1, 2011, 09.07 AMby lennert

    Very cute!

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    Mar 1, 2011, 07.45 AMby pampula

    Absolutely lovely, the colour is so sweet and you look simply adorable:)

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      Mar 1, 2011, 09.04 PMby froggypondd

      Heh thanks. I do really love the colour (and a lot more than the colour they had available in the shop…)

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    Mar 1, 2011, 07.25 AMby baka-pepica

    really nice! simple and cool!

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    Mar 1, 2011, 06.02 AMby jacinta

    love it! I take sneaky photos in the shop all the time! i tell them im doing present shopping for my hubby =o defintately gonna give this a try =)

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      Mar 1, 2011, 09.02 PMby froggypondd

      Yay! And if you do you should definitely upload some photos for me to have a look at… I feel kinda bad taking photos but there are so many things when I’m trying on clothes that I think “I love the sleves… But not really anything else…” etc

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    Mar 1, 2011, 04.40 AMby Caitlin Ashworth

    Yay that turned out really well! You didn’t tell me you’d finished it. Or maybe you did and I wasn’t listening. Sorry… Heh.

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      Mar 1, 2011, 04.58 AMby froggypondd

      I had finished it the day before I left for Uni so I probably didn’t tell you in the chaos of packing and stuff… Thanks!

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    Mar 1, 2011, 03.17 AMby Seeks Corey

    pretty! Looks like a great dress for the summer. :)

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      Mar 1, 2011, 04.58 AMby froggypondd

      Thank you! Yeah I’m hoping there will still be enough summer to wear it!

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