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Zoe Dress

Added Sep 10, 2007

by sarahfeingold

Brooklyn, New Yo...






This is my very first attempt at using a pattern to sew a a piece of clothing. I used Burda Style’s ZOE dress. I took a class with burda and without their help, this dress would not have turned out.

About the fabric:
I took the BurdaStyle dress pattern to a fabric store and chose the striped fabric. The woman who cut the fabric for me refused to sell me the fabric unless I bought solid color cotton fabric. She said for my first dress, I could not handle stripes. I rolled my eyes and bought the stripes and the solid color (I did not use the solid color…).

I came to realized that the woman was right: stripes are very hard to work with. But she did not know what amazing teachers I had.

I plan on wearing this dress to the fabric shop and showing it to the lady.






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    Jan 13, 2009, 05.52 AMby brownchicken

    this is lovely! I really like the stripes, although I can imagine it must have added an extra level of complication to the pattern. Just finishing up my first zoe in khaki needlecord. It looks good but is a bit on the baggy side – I measured up before starting and reckoned on a size 12 but looking at it now a size 10 would have been much better – whoops! How did you go about adding extra darts? Mine could do with more shape at the front – would it work to take the side seams in a bit, to shape the dress in at the waist? I can’t believe it says somewhere in the pattern that it should take about 2 hours to complete – mine has taken more like 2 weeks!

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    Mar 29, 2008, 09.02 AMby pasnon

    wow! that seriously looks like a $200 banana republic dress – gorgeous!!! i’m going to find a burda class now! hehe

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    Nov 11, 2007, 04.50 PMby nehmah

    By all means go back and let her see that very nice piece of work you did. One crab from me: While stripes can be difficult, the salesperson was out of line. It is her job to measure and cut your fabric, even to advise you about fabric based on use. It is not her job or place to put you in such a situation. This is bad manners and poor salesmanship. Cordially, Nehmah *Then find a more courteous fabric merchant.

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    Nov 9, 2007, 05.32 PMby sew-it-seams-designs

    Wow! how cute! Love the stripes….great job! this has really inspired me to try this,,there r alot of great patterns on this site!

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    Nov 9, 2007, 05.30 PMby sew-it-seams-designs

    Wow! how cute! Love the stripes….great job!

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    Sep 12, 2007, 06.32 AMby vansgirl12

    you did it! when are you going back to that fabric store to show that woman who’s boss?!

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    Sep 11, 2007, 02.25 PMby mirela

    Congrats this dress is awesome!

    I don’t worry too much about matching striped all the time…your match perfectly

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    Sep 10, 2007, 01.50 PMby stephanie-s

    Great Job, this fabric was a good choice for the Zoe dress.

    Where did you take a Burda class???

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    Sep 10, 2007, 12.25 PMby teresa-ram

    Yu finished! congratulations it looks amazingly cute! Keep it up.

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    Sep 10, 2007, 11.18 AMby sarahfeingold

    Thanks for the lovely comments! No, I did not lengthen the skirt. I did add some darts to the front and back to make it fit better (thanks to my teachers for helping me figure that out). Matching the stripes was the hardest part. I had to re-work the pattern in order to match everything up.

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    Sep 10, 2007, 09.50 AMby jj1

    What a good fit dress! I love your fabric, it is perfect for this pattern.

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    Sep 10, 2007, 08.02 AMby wyn

    Very nice!

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    Sep 10, 2007, 06.53 AMby majnets3s

    I love it!

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    Sep 10, 2007, 06.53 AMby majnets3s

    I love it!

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    Sep 10, 2007, 05.47 AMby marmota-b

    The stripes are awesome! And really perfectly matched.

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    Sep 10, 2007, 04.47 AMby elainemay

    wow- what a perfect fit! great work. how did you get the stripes on the top and bottom to match up with the center pleat? did you have to insert some extra fabric? hmm— interesting… the last two zoes posted both seem to have needed additional darts on the front which aren’t specified in the pattern… i’ll have to keep this in mind when i make it!

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    Sep 10, 2007, 03.14 AMby lilo

    good job! indeed, did you lengthen it?

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    Sep 9, 2007, 11.02 PMby kathsavery

    Wow I love it! did you lengthen the skirt?

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