Friday, July 24

transformer dress

dress - burda magazine 6/2015, #118, slightly modified

got this satin fabric as a gift from my friend  tea..
i totally flipped over its geometric b&w print
and it took me a while to find the right pattern
that is going to showcase that print in best way possible
the burda maxi dress pattern i ended up using
wasn't on my list of possible candidates at all
that burda dress looked a bit bulky and shapeless
but then i saw few versions made in flowy fabrics
and i saw a potential in it
i skipped central front and back seams,
did  not want to break the print
so i cut the fabric on fold
front and back are both made using the same pattern piece
but i cut my front piece narrower
(well, i had to do it
as i did not have enough fabric to cut it as pattern suggested
and it turned out to do the trick, and reduce that extra bulk
so, if i'm ever to make this dress again
gonna cut my fabric the same way)
the most obvious change to the pattern
was crossing the shoulder seams
original dress has v neck at front and back
but the way i sewed shoulder seams
allows me to totally change the way dress looks
(there is even one more possibility that i failed to photograph
and that creates one shoulder dress)

and, of course, the dress can be worn without the sash belt
and that's pretty much how i wear it these days
it's been insanely hot these days
and living in a tent is my way to deal with it
(and, once the night falls
i can change the neckline, cinch my waist
and i'm party ready in a moment)


  1. Wow, this is such a cool dress! I love how you can wear it different ways, and that fabric is just pure awesome.

  2. Wow! This is amazing! Certainly the right pattern for this fabric. You are a genius!

  3. What a clever way to make a dress - three dresses in one for many occasions! And the space in the closet has been saved. *^v^* I love your fabric!

  4. I am in love with this fabric, and what you did with it is so awesome!! Want to steal it!!!

  5. you did magic with this dress. that print placement is absolutely wonderful, it changes the shape of the dress! you and tea should collaborate forever.

  6. Holy shit, I want this exact same dress!!! Love it so much, especially in the last photo!

  7. This fabric tho!!! Seriously! I always love to see sewists who really find ways to make an originally unimpressive pattern/design look AMAZING.

  8. Hi, I'm planning this dress for a wedding, in dark silk. Does it feel like a tent? I will definitely follow your change and criss-cross the straps!

    1. it feels like tent only if you wear it unbelted, but i usually wear mine with a sash belt, and that's how it looks most flatering..
      the trick is to use a very drapey flowy fabric (mine is some sort of satin fabric) as more bulky fabric changes the way the dress hangs significantly..
      you do not need any extra fabric actually (but keeping the central front and back seams and cutting dress pieces in diferent directions could save you some fabric for sure).. you may have to do what i did and narrow your pattern piece a bit in order to fit it onto regular 1.5m wide fabric, but basically the amount of fabric you need when cutting on fold is the lenght of the dressx2.. also, i guess it's easier to finish neckline when you have central seam, as you only hem it and call it done, with one piece front (or back) you have to make an extra step and sew a slit, so you'll need few bias cut pieces of fabric for that too..
      hope that helps :) happy sewing! silk sounds like a great fabric choice for this pattern, you're tempting me to sew another one

  9. Sorry for another question, but how much extra fabric do you need if you skip the back and front seams?