Tuesday, 18 March 2014

My Version of the Lampshade Dress - Burda January 2003

It's probably not quite what you're thinking, although I have to say, this is rather lovely and may inspire a future make.
1966 - High-Bumped Hair with Pigtails & Vintage Lamp-Shade Style Pink, Green, & Purple Dress

 As you can see, my creation is nothing like that!!!

That's it - a dress with a lampshade pattern in the fabric!!
I just loved this fabric from one of my favourite fabric boutiques Ditto Fabrics in Brighton's North Laines.

Here's the full picture - stretch jersey is so comfortable to wear and it sewed up beautifully into this slash-neck, gathered round the middle dress.

There's even a sofa in there too!!!

The pattern is an oldie from Burda January 2003 - with tea stains on the cover as testament to much usage (I'm not usually so messy, but can't work without a good cup of tea!)

The Burda pattern shows the sides as being gathered with rouleau ties but I omitted the splits and gathered the sides with half inch wide elastic.

Happy sewing

Linda x


  1. That's a really interesting fabric!
    Lucky you for being able to visit Ditto.
    I sometimes order on line from them

    1. Hi, yes, I'm lucky it's just "down the road". They do have some quirky fabric. Even better when they have a sale on!


  2. Fab fabric.... It looks great.

    1. Thanks Effie. Part of the fun is finding unusual fabrics that you wouldn't easily find in a ready made.