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Verbeana Matronis - Whimsical Dress with Vintage Appeal

Added May 2, 2010

by pixxxiepie

Austin, Texas, U...






I’ve had this pattern (Burda 7949) on my mind for a long time and it was just a matter of finding the right materials. Initially, I thought the pattern was a bit dull, but the more I looked at it online and at the store the more I began to see this wonderful retro vibe. Something about it seemed to tickle a certain Victorian novelty mixed with something else. It could be the paneled waste line that made me think of corsets or the high Empress level bust line. Eying it from another angle also makes me think of 50’s house wives for some reason too. So many charms.

I was also torn as to whether or not to add sleeves or whether to make a little bolero jacket to go with the dress in the event that I didn’t add sleeves and such. Since finding a nice bolero jacket pattern seemed damned near impossible (I’ve decided I’ll soon just draft my own) I added sleeves to the dress from Burda Pattern 7831. Giant rick rack was utilized ’round the hemline too as well as an improvised band of bias tape as a spring green underline of sorts. I plan to sew a much more dramatic sash for the wee dress. I loooove the drama of the large “bow tied” sash…Most partial to the sash of almost ridiculous size…so I may add some more pictures of this work before its all said and done.

Note: Pictures of dress taken in doors were taken by me.
Pictures of dress taken out doors taken by my photographer hubby Vin Breau and he managed to convince me to model the dress for a change.

Material Notes

100% cotton, thread types cotton, rayon and all purpose poly cotton mix, long zipper, interfacing, elastic




Garment Type
Goth/Gothic Lolita, Steampunk, Victorian, Vintage

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    Feb 16, 2011, 09.39 PMby kele

    I love this dress! And the fabric.. ooow! ^

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    May 8, 2010, 12.44 AMby pixxxiepie

    Thanks everyone for all the great comments! Much appreciated!

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    May 3, 2010, 06.04 PMby anajan

    An amazing dress, both the fabric and the style are so unusual. Love it!

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    May 3, 2010, 12.59 PMby shedoz213

    WOW! This dress is Gorgeous! Love the color too-that green is so pretty!

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    May 3, 2010, 10.01 AMby kiwistitcher


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    May 2, 2010, 09.54 PMby feldmantcat

    I love the fabric choice and color combinations – this looks so much more exciting than the pattern envelope photo. I love this – now I want one.

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    May 2, 2010, 04.32 PMby alicef

    The fabrics goes beautifully together ! This dress is really pretty, congrats !

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    May 2, 2010, 09.40 AMby bussey

    Love your alterations… and great fabric combo!

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