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Black with open back

Added Nov 12, 2008

by maryy

Stockholm, Sweden






This is what I made on Saturday. It took me the whole afternoon to sew it, but luckily I got it finished just in time, and wore it in the evening.
I’ve also made the headpiece by myself.
No pattern was used.

Material Notes

Dress: a bit elastic, black fabric and buttons
Headpiece: white cotton, pearls, lace, satin ribbon and a tiny cameo.





I was inspired by a dress I saw in a blog called Sally Jane Vintage (

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    Sep 9, 2009, 03.39 PMby florean-fortescue

    Stunningly beautiful

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    Aug 24, 2009, 04.38 AMby raphy101

    You have tremendous skills!!! Can you show me how you made that beautiful bow?!?!?!

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    Aug 21, 2009, 12.20 PMby holyshitshela

    I absolutely love this dress!

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    Aug 13, 2009, 10.55 PMby liloca

    You’re very talented, great work.

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    May 6, 2009, 05.58 AMby nessq

    your creations and reproductions are amazing! i have been attempting to make this dress and i just cannot get the back right. :/ i must be doing something wrong.

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      Dec 3, 2010, 05.33 PMby aleah

      I’m trying to make a back like this now as well… I can’t get it right!! I have no idea what to do. Waste of fabric, gahh!

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    Apr 25, 2009, 06.37 AMby idnarb

    Darling! And so classy! I adore it. :o)

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    Mar 21, 2009, 04.28 PMby seemane

    Gorgeous dress, the bow is really fun & playful at the back – no need for jewellery with it there :)

    If anyone find a pattern like this dress please post up a link for everyone to see (I’ve been hunt the internet all over for hours & cannot find anything to buy that’s similar).

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      Oct 1, 2009, 04.05 PMby seemane

      To quote Maryy…. inspired by a dress I saw in a blog called
      Sally Jane Vintage
      . The dress from the blog was a vintage garment (the picture below is the picture from blogspot)…

      … and this is the picture of the pattern that the blogger later purchased (by McCalls 8332 from circa 1968-69)…

      Having searched on the web for ages I’ve finally managed to purchase a used/cut copy of this pattern (yippee!). It’s several szies too small for me – so I shall have a have a really goo try at grading it up to my size. Gulp! – I’ve never graded anything before… but there’s lots of information on the internet so I can have lots of fun trying :)

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    Mar 18, 2009, 01.51 PMby princessali

    Very Breakfast at Tiffany’s! I love all your dresses. You’re a sewing inspiration! xx

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    Feb 19, 2009, 09.22 PMby tdbrown85

    this is a lovely dress

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    Feb 17, 2009, 09.51 AMby dressdummy

    I love it! I love it all!

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    Feb 13, 2009, 11.17 PMby lou126

    I love this dress! Thanks for the link too. I want to try and make one myself.

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    Feb 11, 2009, 06.57 AMby churpina

    Woooooow!! LOOOOVE IT! _

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    Feb 4, 2009, 05.44 PMby rileyroy

    I love it! It is very classic/retro chic. I want to try it! Can you upload a pattern?

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    Jan 29, 2009, 09.34 AMby effervescence

    Love it!!!!

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    Jan 17, 2009, 06.41 PMby msnoodlesfriends

    one of my favorites from your collection. it’s such a classic with a soft edge.

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    Jan 12, 2009, 09.58 AMby barbaraagatha

    This dress is def Audrey Hepburn, just like redmage0011 says. I think you MUST post the How To… :) It is your duty to help make the world a more fashionable place!

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    Jan 5, 2009, 10.22 AMby susanne2011

    I love this dress. Please tell me you’re a professional! You have a very scandinavian style. I moved to Copenhagen a few years ago and really love all the scandinavian brands (like Modstrom). Awesome to see that you can make this stuff yourself and donm’t have to spend a zillion kroners…. Looking forward to what you’ll sew next!

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    Dec 29, 2008, 09.30 AMby krysia


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    Dec 28, 2008, 07.40 AMby lizah

    OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it! and also your other creations, lovely! Have you ever thought of start your own label or something?

    I will save this one to my favourites :)

    keep up the good work!

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    Dec 24, 2008, 08.52 AMby ssarryo

    Sooo lovely.

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    Dec 23, 2008, 02.44 AMby pinar

    this dress is just STUNNING. so beautiful, a dress i would wear. i love the back of it so much. my mouth is still open, so amazingggggggggggg

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    Dec 15, 2008, 05.41 PMby mushroomgirl

    Oh my gosh – beautiful and so elegant! I thought this was deep wine red at first (would also be gorgeous). I am in awe…

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    Dec 2, 2008, 02.58 PMby OnYourHead

    As always,,another great job!!

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    Dec 1, 2008, 07.56 PMby texicab

    i really really love this dress! any way you could give some pointers or how to’s for cutting and sewing the open back? i’m now on a hunt for that old pattern (the blogger from your link found a copy on ebay!!)… i’m not an advanced sewer but maybe i could find a pattern with a skirt and front where i could add/sew this type of open back?

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    Nov 25, 2008, 08.51 AMby sabsku

    You’ve done it again!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s beutiful! =))

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    Nov 24, 2008, 06.15 PMby minnietheminks

    I keep coming back to look at your beautiful dress, I would love to make something similar but I don’t think it would look just as sweet, its amazing on you.

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    Nov 22, 2008, 02.53 AMby filousia

    one more time you are awesome!!!!! i’m totally in love with that dress, is amazing..i don;t have words ;-)))) looooooooooooooove it ;-)))

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    Nov 20, 2008, 08.53 AMby emmagyllstrom

    this dress was very nice!!! was it hard to make? sorry about my english it’s not so godd :) but like i sad this dress was very nice!!

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    Nov 16, 2008, 11.42 AMby lunatepetal

    another great creation! love the big opening on the back!!

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    Nov 14, 2008, 08.24 AMby missmistral


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