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Dr. Zjivago dress

Added Dec 5, 2009

by picklelilly

Stockholm, Sweden




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Never mind my scary eyes in this picture. I constructed this by myself just a few weeks ago, since I love the army trend. The blue fabric is 100% thin wool that I got from my aunt, the black details are from the spills of a velvet coat my mom made twenty years ago and that I shortened. The buttons are the only thing that’s not second hand.

You can see more of this dress in my blog:

Material Notes

100% wool, velvet, and golden metal buttons.




Garment Type
Velvet, Wool

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    Aug 26, 2015, 08.34 AMby SassyT

    Absolutely love this. The images on your blog are breath-taking. Would you mind me sharing this on SSB in the future? I link to your post and let you know when shared.

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    Apr 22, 2011, 09.05 AMby shelley .

    Cute :)

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    Nov 21, 2010, 04.23 PMby pampula

    the dress is brilliant! and you have an impressive pile of wonderful purses!:)

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    Feb 22, 2010, 04.57 PMby dorasmora

    hey I really liked your dress so I tried to make a similar one for myself. Soon I’m going to put some pictures and write that is based on your project I hope it’s okay!!

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      Feb 22, 2010, 09.36 PMby picklelilly

      Glad that I can help your creativity! I’m looking forward to see your dress.

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    Jan 20, 2010, 07.13 PMby Melanie O'Dwyer

    i absolutley adore this !!! i want to make it

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    Dec 10, 2009, 03.09 PMby grayscout

    It’s just great! And just claim you’re giving “Rasputin eyes” to add to the Russian flavour of the photo!

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    Dec 10, 2009, 02.17 AMby bettieshambles

    Wow. I adore this. The dress is lovely, but the whole visual I am deeply in love with.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 06.26 PMby bjorgg

    Very nice! love the navy blue color :)

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    Dec 8, 2009, 02.46 PMby carottesauvage

    Great! ‘From Russia with …Gusto’!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 01.25 PMby joanrobinson

    Great work! So nice! I love that it is the “Dr. Zjivago dress”! haha!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 08.45 AMby Bernadine Sengalrayan

    The dress is super chic and you wear it wonderfully. You should get this out as a pattern.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.14 AMby Vivat Veritas

    very trendy look! great idea to recycle the materials!

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    Dec 7, 2009, 11.19 PMby lauramae0805

    this is genius

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    Dec 6, 2009, 07.51 PMby minnietheminks

    Great outfit and the combination of wool and velvet sounds so tactile, super sweet.

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    Dec 6, 2009, 02.06 PMby lizzie225

    super pretty!

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    Dec 6, 2009, 01.25 PMby 1teta


    and I love your bags too :)

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    Dec 6, 2009, 05.18 AMby sewrad

    Recycled materials! I love it!

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    Dec 6, 2009, 03.45 AMby Abagail .

    This is adorable. Im going to try to make it!=D

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      Dec 6, 2009, 11.45 AMby picklelilly

      Thank you and good luck!

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    Dec 6, 2009, 12.59 AMby mahaila

    You did really well with this project. It looks fabulous!

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    Dec 5, 2009, 08.27 PMby ink

    What a great dress. I love the photograph, I don’t know what it reminds me of… Like Lolita crossed with Russia my love! Very striking!

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    Dec 5, 2009, 06.55 PMby zickzack

    Love it! It’s so great!

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    Dec 5, 2009, 05.49 PMby jays

    thats great!!! I love the sleeves, the length…..i really want to make one now, unfortunately my sewing skills are not there yet!! But you look great in it!!

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      Dec 5, 2009, 08.05 PMby picklelilly

      Thank you so much! I really think it looks more complicated than it is, it’s the velvet ribbons and the fold that does it, I believe.

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    Dec 5, 2009, 05.45 PMby petitmoutonbleu

    i love it!!!! you look awsome !

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    Dec 5, 2009, 05.17 PMby lunatepetal

    whoa! i love it :) an awesome job upcycling :)!!

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    Dec 5, 2009, 05.06 PMby sewella

    The dress is beautiful!

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    Dec 5, 2009, 04.30 PMby ashchaser

    Nice! and that hat is awesome!

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      Dec 5, 2009, 08.00 PMby picklelilly

      Thank you! The hat’s from a souvenir shop in Prague, thought it would fit nicely to the look!

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