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Two versions of the Empire Dress 8/2012 #102

Added Nov 7, 2013

by mutnedjemet

Lisbon, Portugal






I made these last spring, based on Burdastyle Empire Dress 8/2012 #102 (can’t make the “Based On” link work, sorry!), but with major changes to the skirt.

I don’t wear fitted skirts because I have wide hips and I don’t feel comfortable in them. So I changed the pattern to an a-line skirt with 6 panels, making the front and back darts into pattern lines (see diagram).

The first dress is made of beige jersey as a lining, with black stretchy lace overlay. I trimmed the sleeves and the neckline with cotton bias tape and used a black double knit jersey for the small side pannels, as I felt this detail would be slimming. All seams were sewn using a serger.

The second dress was made with fabric repurposed from a stretch velvet gown I made years ago and wore only once. The top is lined with black jersey.

On both dresses, I left out the zipper and the shoulder pads, I felt they were unnecessary.

Although I hate sewing stretchy fabrics – rather my machine hates stretchy fabrics – I’m very happy with these, they’re very comfortable and easy to wear :)




Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Knits/Jersey, Lace/Sequins, Velvet

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    Nov 10, 2013, 08.54 AMby liliv-1

    I love your two-version-of-the-same-pattern posts!! Both versions look very pretty on you!

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      Dec 27, 2013, 03.31 PMby mutnedjemet

      Thank you so much!

      I think it’s a waste to copy a pattern and using it just once… Also, I have some trouble deciding on a fabric – too many ideas, I guess :)

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    Nov 8, 2013, 07.00 PMby tejka

    nice dress!

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