new tunic dress + knee-hi gladiator sandals

July 19, 2008

You gotta love tunics as they allow you to binge at all-you-can-eat buffets and not worry about visible tummy bulge. This one was made from an absolutely free tunic dress pattern downloaded from Burdafashion.com — which seems to run very large so keep that in mind if/when you make it yourself. I also shortened the hem to a sexy mini.

Of course, you probably can’t help but also notice my crazy, mother-of-all-gladiator sandals. They’re like the trendy ones you see everyone wearing these days, ‘cept turned up to 11. I bought these after seeing the original Chanel ones (mine are, of course, knock offs from good ol’ ebay) being donned by fashionistas worldwide. To my surprise, I get loads of compliments when I wear them out, which makes me extra happy because I was rather iffy about whether or not I could pull them off. Thought I was destined for fashion-victim-ville for sure. Indeed, these very sandals are to be found on People Mag’s Worst Trends list. But hell–it’s not as if anyone reaches for a sleazy gossip rag like People when looking for cutting edge fashion. Am I right?



  1. Love the outfit! The sandals are HOT!

  2. Very cute!

  3. Gladiator sandals aren’t for everyone but they do look great on you and with that (adorable) dress.

  4. Hot dress and hotter shoes. I saw those a lot in Topshop when I was travelling recently. I really wanted a pair but I’m not sure my calves would fit into them. You on the other hand, look totally awesome in them.

  5. Lady, your outfit and those shoes are way too incredible to kept at home. I’m petitioning for you to spend a weekend out of the house with numerous costume changes to show off your amazing creations! Thank goodness for your blog so the rest of us enjoy them πŸ™‚



  7. wow, ladies. i’m very honored by all the compliments…AND the jealousy. πŸ™‚ btw, sandals like these are not hard to find. just google them! loopylulu already mentioned Topshop — i checked and there are some really cute ones you can order from their website.

  8. Girl: you pull of those sandals, so forget any negative or doubtful thought that passes trough your mind.
    Verdict: HOT HOT HOT!

  9. I love your style. The dress is adorable on you.

  10. Love the dress and it looks good with those gladiator sandals.

  11. It screams “Summer”! πŸ™‚

  12. …and I need to add the more I see of this tunic pattern by Burda, the more I love it. I have to make one for myself!

  13. Hi..LOVE your Tunic Dress..saw it in 08 and have finally got around to wanting to make it..I can’t find the pattern on Burda and was wondering if you still had it on your computer?? Wondering if you would consider emailing me a copy?? πŸ˜‰
    I realise this is cheeky and would hate for you to have to search through to find it..Just getting a little desperate here! Any ideas of where I might find it?
    Best wishes
    Katie (left this comment on the wrong post…sorry)

    • Thanks Katie. I’ve emailed you. πŸ™‚

  14. LOVE the dress! but its not on the burdastyle site anymore 😦 is it on any other blogs?

    • whitney, email me direct kdevenish at hotmail dot com and I will forward you the details that Maya kindly sent me!!

      • many thanks for helping whitney out katie!! i just realized that the computer containing that particular file is currently out of commission, so it works out perfectly. πŸ™‚

  15. No problem Maya, was SO grateful you sent me the pattern…just passing it on!
    Do you need a copy again??

    • i’m ok, thanks katie! i’ve still got my paper pattern to work from. πŸ™‚

    • actually, yes — maybe you should send me this pattern again. i wouldn’t want to keep directing people to you should they request it from me! thanks. πŸ™‚

  16. How can I get a copy of this pattern? I love it!

    • hi nicky. i would email this pattern out to you, but i currently don’t have access to the pdf. 😦 BUT, katie–see comments directly above–has kindly helped out another crafter is search of this pattern.

  17. Hi,

    Could someone please send me this pattern? It is such a great tunic! my email is katieelder31 at gmail dot com.

    Thanks so much!

    • I’ve emailed you. πŸ™‚

      • Me, too, pretty please!

  18. What a sweet dress! Would someone please share the pattern with me. Decklers@aol.com. Thank you!!!

    • I’ve just sent it to you. Thanks for the comment!

  19. Hiiiii πŸ™‚ wow! I’ve been looking for some knee high gladiator Chanel knock offs myself and these you have on are just to die for !! Do you recall the seller you purchased from on ebay ? I am really looking for some like this a lot of the knock offs seem to fit very loose and these look like they were tailored to you! Please get back to me soon πŸ™‚ thank you

    • Hi Marina! I wish I could tell you who the ebay seller was, but I bought them in 2008 so I really can’t recall. I checked my ebay purchase history, but it looks like they only keep transaction records for three years. Yes, these sandals do fit like a glove. I really hope that you’ll be able to find some for yourself. Good luck!

  20. Hi,

    LOVE the tunic, but like others I cannot find the pattern anywhere on the internet. I would be really gratefull if you could please email me a copy or let me know where I could get a copy ? Thanks so much.

    • Email address would help, sorry !
      fish.lost@bigpond.com πŸ™‚

      • Hi Greer. I’ve just emailed the pattern and instructions to you. Happy sewing!

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