BurdaStyle Dress Up! Dresses

Ethnic Print Dress

10th July 2016

Do you remember aztec print leggings? A few years ago they were everywhere, and they were so overly mass-produced, that makers never even bothered matching the print so both legs looked asymmetrical. That was the ‘in’ look, and I couldn’t stand it. And with it, I disliked the aztec print. Something so timeless was turned into something so cheap and ugly, I wasn’t going anywhere near it. Until I saw this:

Midi is a Maxi on a Mini 🖖🏻 #tb

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An even though it is not an aztec one, I though not all is lost for a traditional graphic print and was instantly mesmerised by a pleated skirt.

The dress that gave me another push towards this project was Halbot Runhof pattern from BurdaStyle 12/2013 #130, however the website for some reason is missing the pattern. I was able to find the picture though:

Talbot Runhof for Burda

I remember I didn’t even trace the skirt pattern, as I had a piece of fabric already lined up for the bottom part of the dress, and at no point was it going to be an exact replica of the designer dress. Double layered bodice was something I wanted to try making, and it seemed to perfectly fit in with with the idea.  Initially, I wanted the skirt to be a little longer – just below the knee, but print placement limited me to just half the width of the fabric. Yet now, looking at the dress, I think anything longer would have been disproportionate.

The skirt is lined with the same fabric that the bodice is made out of. It makes the skirt quite heavy and sturdy, which is why it is holding its shape pretty well, instead of just falling freely. Having said that, I think for the bodice a thicker, jacquard-like fabric would have been a much better fit.

What I cannot quite decide on is wether this is a work dress or a special occasion one. I think with some simple styling, it fits my work attire standard (see, I don’t mind being a little overdressed). With some accessories, it has potential to be more than that, however I am yet to be invited to an occasion of that kind.

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