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Black-on-black lace shift dress from a BurdaStyle pattern

I made myself an LBD--but it's anything but basic thanks to this fun pattern and some great fabrics from my mom's library.

I've been seeing a lot of drop waist dresses lately, and it's a new look for me but I think it can be more wearable, less dressy, more fun than a natural waist fit-and-flare dress. Kollabora just launched a collection of 100+ new patterns from Burda Style's catalog collection, and I tried out Burda Style 6853, this princess seam drop-waist style with several skirt and trim variations. (This is really the pattern I should have used for this dress/inspiration dresses--instead I used Simplicity 2584, which I use a lot but may be asking too much of... I modify it a lot.)

But, I found the perfect drop-waist pattern and used black cotton pique and cotton lace overlay for this fun style!

I love the lace yoke and even the super simple black bias tape I used for the trim!

Here's the bones of Burda Style 6853. I couldn't tell until I read the instructions that view C, which I made, uses lace overlays on top of the main fashion fabric for the contrast, rather than a coordinating contrast fabric! What a cool treatment and way to use lace.

This was one of the rare occasions where I actually followed the pattern instructions. The dress is fully lined except the sleeves (see more on linings here) which makes it lay and wear nicely.

Up close you can see the lace overlay, and the bias trim.

I did all the nice construction details, too, like hand-hemming the sleeves.

Check out all the Burda Style PDF patterns on Kollabora!


  1. This is super cute! I love the black on black look. I recently made a LBD, and it looked like it was ready to be worn to a funeral. Yours definitely does not!

  2. This looks great on you, really sophisticated, love it :)

  3. Oh so classy!!!


  4. That dress is absolutely adorable!

  5. SO cute! Well done, fits awesome and looks expensive!



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