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2 Hour Retro Halter Dress

Added Jan 24, 2012

by Carrie Cochr...

Hollywood, Flori...






I made this pattern from a vintage dress that I picked up at a thrift store several years back. I made a few alterations to the original gunny sack dress by shorting the dress and elongating the torso a bit. The fabric I used in dress shown is a cotton twill with a starry night print. For an experienced stitcher this dress can be made from start to finish in about two hours with about 1 3/4 yards of your favorite cotton fabric. Would be amazing in a vintage tiki or Hawaiian print. My favorite dress to quickly slip on in the morning for a casual chic look. Yes I wore this today because in south Florida in may be winter but it s a comfortable 74 degrees here!

Material Notes

Woven materials, cotton prints, or for a more dressed up look try something with a little body like a jacquard. An 8 inch zipper required, 1 hook and eye, 2 buttons.




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    Jan 26, 2012, 12.56 PMby suribabe

    Very nice

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    Jan 25, 2012, 10.15 PMby barmaglot

    Love the design! I wish I was in sunny Florida instead of gloomy England..

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    Jan 25, 2012, 12.52 PMby Carrie Cochran Cabrera

    Looks like lots of people love this simple dress as much as I do!

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    Jan 25, 2012, 12.39 PMby peaches2218

    LOVE the back!

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    Jan 25, 2012, 11.18 AMby fashionfreek

    Looks good. Nice fabric choice.:-D

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    Jan 25, 2012, 07.39 AMby sallybear85

    Very cute!

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    Jan 25, 2012, 02.32 AMby Shona Roon

    Love this! Another Floridian here, I’m definitely enjoying this warm spell too :)

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    Jan 25, 2012, 02.29 AMby chika85


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    Jan 24, 2012, 10.30 PMby neenkster

    awesome dress, great pattern and fabric!

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    Jan 24, 2012, 09.05 PMby Ljiljan

    Lovely dress,I especially like the back ! Great job ! :)

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    Jan 24, 2012, 09.03 PMby knswed

    I love that dress, especially the back straps! Can you post a picture of the pattern pieces somewhere? For 2 hours, I want to whip one up too!

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