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Party / Retro Dress

Added Dec 30, 2013

by Ellen Hatteland

Nedre Vats, Norway






I inherited this turquoise dress from my mum. It was a little too big for me and I decided to make two dresses instead of one.
The dress is made of Crimplene fabric so it’s wrinkle-resistant and retains its shape well. For the upper part I used the pattern #6C from Burda Easy Fashion 02/2010, and the skirt I draw myself.
I made this little application to make it more fun ;)
The skirt from my mums dress I sewn together with one knitted top I also got from her. I had a lambskin on my bed and cut a small part of it to use as decoration around the neck for this dress.
I also made 3 small flowers in felt and sewn with silver tread – to cheer the dress up a bit ;)
Photos are taken at our company X-mas party :)

Material Notes

Crimplene (polyester), jersey and knitted viscose




Winter, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Evening Wear, Vintage
Knits/Jersey, Polyester

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    Jan 4, 2014, 04.18 PMby The Tropical Sewist

    I love it when old things get a new life! You have done these so beautifully…the fur collar is such a nice touch!

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      Jan 4, 2014, 06.29 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thanks a lot! Yeah, you’re right, it’s nice to give new life to old garments :)

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    Jan 1, 2014, 10.09 AMby Oksana Starzhynska

    You are so kind person, Ellyn: you make a lot of things for your relatives and it’s so warm to re-make mum’s dress. And you invented and join so many nice details. Great job and great memory!

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      Jan 1, 2014, 10.47 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      That’s so sweet of you to say – you know, since I only have boys (4) and they don’t wear dresses, it’s better to share with someone who can use them :-) I do love retro sewing – it feels good to use garments over again :)

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      Jan 1, 2014, 10.51 AMby Oksana Starzhynska

      I agree, retro sewing is very inspiring there are so many nice patterns that call for less fabric than modern ones, never could understand how could it be:-)))

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    Dec 31, 2013, 11.28 PMby rita61

    Nice! very lively and refreshing dresses! Your mum would be so happy. Enjoy your New Year.

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      Jan 1, 2014, 08.45 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thanks Rita! Yeah, I’m sure my mom would be happy to see her dresses get a new refresh :) Have a wonderful sewing year :-)

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    Dec 31, 2013, 10.29 AMby liliv-1

    You are so creative! Both dresses are unique and wonderful! I think you should link this project to the Danielle pattern. I wish you a happy new year!!!

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      Dec 31, 2013, 12.32 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thanks a lot Liliv and thank you for the tip! :) Happy New year dear sewing friend! :-)

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    Dec 31, 2013, 09.07 AMby saxsilverain

    ooh, very creative & gorgeous outcome! love both of them as well, very nicely done! :)

    and yay, congrats for making the upload work!! may you have a happy new year!

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      Dec 31, 2013, 09.14 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thanks a lot! I was very happy to be able to upload photos again – thank you very – very Much! Happy New Year :-))

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    Dec 31, 2013, 02.44 AMby schnui

    You are so clever Ellen. These 2 dresses look wonderful on you. Happy New Year.

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      Dec 31, 2013, 09.10 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      You are so kind schnui – thank you very, very much! Wishing you a Happy – Happy new year with lots of new inspiration! :-)

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    Dec 30, 2013, 11.44 PMby Mary Athey

    Oh wow ellen i love both. It must’ve been wonderful for you to make two such gorgeous dresses from your mums. The colours suit you and the applique flowers are gorgeous. You look fabulous. Happy new year to you and your family xx

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      Dec 31, 2013, 09.08 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      You’re right – I just love making new thing of garments I have in my wardrobe – and specially things I have from my mum – she was very close to me. Wishing you a Happy new year – and hope your dreams will come true! :-)

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    Dec 30, 2013, 11.31 PMby sarahsdaughter

    You have really used your imagination and designed these dresses beautifully. They look FAB!! Hope you enjoyed your party :)

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      Dec 31, 2013, 09.04 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thanks a lot – I’m happy to hear that you like them :-) It was a very nice party :-)

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