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Retro dress with embroidery

Added Jan 26, 2014

by Ellen Hatteland

Nedre Vats, Norway






When it’s cold outside I love to wear wool garments. I had this long grey skirt and I decided to make a dress in combination with other garments. I found this red sweater in my wardrobe and cut of the sleeves and the neck (this is a mixture of cotton/wool). To “fresh” it a bit up I found some lilac rib jersey from my stash. I have used the waist of the skirt for the collar and I turned the sleeves upside down. My sewing machine is good for sewing embroideries, and I have sewn this for decoration. I have used some red and black wool band as well. The decoration band with pearls I got in a bouquet once and decided to use it as a belt in the waist :)

Material Notes

Wool and jersey




Garment Type
Casual, Preppy
Knits/Jersey, Wool

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    Feb 2, 2014, 02.35 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    I’d say it’s a folk winter glamour:-) Very cheerful and well-combined as always. The embroidery makes the outfit really special and unites the colours well.

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      Feb 2, 2014, 11.38 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      You are so sweet Oksana – Thank you very much for your lovely comments :-}

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    Jan 28, 2014, 03.22 PMby trploceanmoon

    Nice work on the re-fashion! Great job as always! :-)

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      Jan 28, 2014, 04.39 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thank you very much Amy! Re-fashion is very cool for the time being :-)

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    Jan 28, 2014, 12.36 AMby schnui

    Great dress Ellen. You are so clever at combining different colours and fabric textures.

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      Jan 28, 2014, 04.37 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thank you sweet Schnui – that’s nice to hear :) I love mixing different fabrics and materials :-)

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    Jan 27, 2014, 08.52 AMby liliv-1

    Absolutely love this!

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      Jan 27, 2014, 02.54 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thank you very much sweet Liliv! :)

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    Jan 27, 2014, 07.59 AMby Kocotte

    this is exactly the dress that I would have sewn with differents colors. It is the Kocotte’s style and I love it Do you have a machine to make the embroderies ?

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      Jan 27, 2014, 08.26 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      That’s Nice to hear :) I’m not a patient person, so I have to use the sewing machine for embroideries :-)

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    Jan 27, 2014, 03.36 AMby nrobson

    beautiful cozy woollens you’re making :P x

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      Jan 27, 2014, 08.24 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thank you very much dear Nadia :)

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    Jan 27, 2014, 12.49 AMby Mary Athey

    Ellen i love what you can do with fabric, you can create something fabulous out of different things. This is a real unique dress. I love all the colours and the embroidary’s fabulous x

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      Jan 27, 2014, 08.23 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thanks a lot Mary! You know – the creativity has no limits – that’s the Fun part with sewing :-)

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    Jan 26, 2014, 10.59 PMby rita61

    It looks like you are having a lot of fun being creative!! I like what you did with the neckline. And the embroidery really finishes it off nicely.

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      Jan 27, 2014, 08.21 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thank you very much Rita! I do like making new styles of old garmets :-)

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    Jan 26, 2014, 07.16 PMby Rikamekko

    It must be warm for you and the flower embroidery is really great! I loved the way to use their nice colors : )

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