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White Zipper-Front Dress

Added Sep 13, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






Today we’re featuring our own version of burda style magazine’s white button-down dress. The original design is tre cool as is— but we made this project easier (yay!) by eliminating the buttons, leaving out the front bodice pin-tucks and shortening the sleeves. Instead of sewing multiple pin-tucks in a non-textured fabric, we chose a white Swiss voile that has a striped pattern woven into it all over.

Cinched with a belt the look is complete and ready for fashion week. Wear it with tights when the weather gets cooler, or try it with high boots in the Fall.

Material Notes

2 yards self, 2 yards lining, 1 full-length zipper, interfacing




Garment Type
Bohemian, Classic, Mod, Preppy, Romantic


Creator of Variation

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    Sep 27, 2010, 10.38 AMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    I like it. It’s simple and vintage. I like it more than I like the original version. : )

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    Sep 21, 2010, 05.06 PMby amn-1

    Good Job

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    Sep 16, 2010, 01.54 PMby tantrum

    Love this! Wish I could find my sewing machine power cord!

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    Sep 16, 2010, 01.08 AMby itssimplychelsea

    This is adorable! If I had time right now, I’d totally make it! Lindsey looks so cute!!

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    Sep 15, 2010, 07.36 PMby cur-jargon

    lovely modification!

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    Sep 15, 2010, 04.23 PMby barbesj

    love it, and have a number of 40’s house dresses called “step and go” with a big zipper down the front. I’ve been looking for a modern pattern for one, this fits the bill but won’t work because of sizing. I wish both the magzine and the website would create patterns in ALL sizes not just 6-8-10.

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      Sep 16, 2010, 08.19 PMby alisondahl

      Now that is interesting— I didn’t realize zippers were used this way in the 40s. Here’s a tutorial on grading BurdaStyle patterns to larger sizes. BurdaStyle has a few plus-size patterns (as does burda style magazine occasionally) see here.

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    Sep 15, 2010, 11.50 AMby pelok

    Beautiful !

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    Sep 15, 2010, 04.01 AMby sandrasews

    Great look. I love this idea of doing remakes of the magazine patterns, very interesting to see the BurdaStyle take on the mag. This dress is great, love the original pattern but also love the exposed zipper. Looks much easier to put together too.

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    Sep 15, 2010, 12.15 AMby mlssfshn

    Great remake!

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    Sep 14, 2010, 09.52 PMby alby-mangroves

    It’s a nice dress but I wonder how it would have looked with long sleeves for cooler weather? I didn’t see it in the magazine. I think it would be nicer.

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      Sep 14, 2010, 10.30 PMby alisondahl

      The photo from the magazine (and the pattern link) is at the top right corner of this page— you can see the long sleeved version there, the dress looks quite nice with long sleeves too.

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    Sep 14, 2010, 07.30 PMby sheni

    nice dress i like its style and the front oppening is great

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    Sep 14, 2010, 07.11 PMby kimboat

    love love love love loveeeee

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    Sep 14, 2010, 04.37 PMby carolinam

    i really like the white and black zipper. i love the dress in the magazine, this version looks very different but still great!

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    Sep 14, 2010, 01.11 PMby freakusbzzz

    I was thinking the other day I really hate the look, I htink it ruins a beautiful outfit or dress. Especially contrastic colours. Too heavy and harsh.

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    Sep 14, 2010, 12.23 PMby suribabe

    Love love love it.. I’ve got a copy of the magazine at home.. I have to go throught it again..

    For some reason I still can’t see al the pictures/ patterns on the site. When I click on the burdamagzine link, I get a blank page. Any advise on this?

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    Sep 14, 2010, 04.05 AMby shereeta harper

    i love exposed zippers and i’m glad this coming season allows more of it!

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    Sep 14, 2010, 04.03 AMby lenzy

    cool stuff! so simple yet elegant. nice combination of the dress and her belt…

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    Sep 14, 2010, 01.12 AMby wzrdreams

    Oh, I really like this version! It’s so helpful to be able to see more pictures of the garment too… the magazine only has one shot so it’s hard to see the details.

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    Sep 14, 2010, 12.51 AMby sohenry

    cute dress and your belt looks medieval, cool!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 10.02 PMby petitejosette

    I like this dress ! I actually have the pattern, it was on my fall list ! I might try this version also !

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      Sep 13, 2010, 10.19 PMby alisondahl

      Cool! It’s quite a versatile pattern :)

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