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christmas past

Added Dec 30, 2010

by marcy harrie...

New York, New Yo...






my holiday dress that needs your advice!

tell me what to do with it now that it’s had its holiday outing…

more info on the predicament at oonaballoona

Material Notes

stretch jersey, methinks




Summer, Winter
Garment Type
Bridal, Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Knits/Jersey


a vintage pattern from a company i've never heard of...
emilykate, for swapping the pattern!

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    Jan 30, 2011, 05.16 PMby NuncaNunca

    Wow! That is beautiful. New to the Burda community. Your photos stood out.

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      Jan 30, 2011, 06.52 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      welcome and thank you! that’s nice to hear, as i’m finding it hard to find a good place to shoot in my new home.

      is the garment in your avatar yours? i love the sleeves!

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    Jan 1, 2011, 10.22 PMby joost52

    I know this is not what you want to hear, but if I had a girlfriend with a dress like that, no way I would let her near it with a pair of scissors ;) It looks absolutely fantastic on you, but hey, you should do whatever makes you happy :)

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      Jan 2, 2011, 02.31 AMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      HA! i love it!!! actually, when my husband saw the neckline, he almost took a pair of scissors to it himself!

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    Dec 31, 2010, 12.49 PMby analogue

    I think the dress is stunning as it is and wouldn’t alter it myself. But if you really wouldn’t wear it again, then I’d vote for dying it, maybe a blue or purple or deep red – or dip-dying like soozy suggested. The jumpsuit idea is cool too if that’s something you’d wear more (I’d be more likely to wear it as a dress, but that’s just personal preference). Whatever you do with it, I’m sure it’ll come out beautifully :-)

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    Dec 31, 2010, 04.10 AMby kjbuff

    I think it’d be a cute cocktail dress. Take the hem up to the knee. Maybe a magenta?

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      Dec 31, 2010, 05.24 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      oddly, i just wore an “old navy” magenta polo shirt yesterday, and thought i needed more magenta in my life.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.20 AMby kkmatti

    It’s beautiful as-is, but if you are really determined to alter it, maybe take some of the fullness out of the skirt, add a side-slit and make a more casual summer maxi-dress you could wear with sandals out of it?

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      Dec 31, 2010, 05.24 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      i was thinking if i dyed it, it could be a summer maxi, but something kept me from it. that side slit could make it work!

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    Dec 31, 2010, 02.05 AMby mamamodista

    It is such a great silhouette and fits you so beautifully. Definitely keep it and wear it out on a date in a couple of months. Or make up a reason to go out and party in it with friends. You’ll look lovely and be the belle of the ball!

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    Dec 31, 2010, 01.51 AMby kelepso

    The fabric color and texture; and style of dress is very vintage and modest, yet the neckline makes it so strikingly young, sexy and modern. I love your work! Great job!

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    Dec 31, 2010, 01.13 AMby scheryka

    Hey I’m with: 1. Keep it as is! 2. Sell it! Very gorgeous.

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    Dec 30, 2010, 11.53 PMby artemis-ivorywings

    oh my gosh. this is gorgeous! don’t touch it!!!!!! lol

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    Dec 30, 2010, 07.06 PMby soozy

    The jumpsuit idea is great. Or just shorten it and use some black lace around the edges. Small flutter sleeves if you decide to shorten it. Dip- dye in a dark blue or so, so the top will stay as it is and the bottom will become dark….

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      Dec 31, 2010, 12.30 AMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      i’m loving that dip dye idea… if i combine it with carotte’s jumpsuit, i could have a sort of mod sailoresque outfit! which means i would HAVE to go out and buy some new red heels!!!

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    Dec 30, 2010, 06.18 PMby morphomixstress

    Sell it here!

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    Dec 30, 2010, 06.08 PMby austenite

    Pretty! If you’re willing to drastically change it, you can dye it a different, brighter color, add some sleeves and shorten it to make it more day-wearable (if that makes sense).

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      Dec 30, 2010, 06.28 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      totally willing to dye it. in fact i think i have to. i’m afraid the fabric might be too plain in a shorter look?

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    Dec 30, 2010, 06.06 PMby carottesauvage

    hum….a jumpsuit-?or some sports wear? Or add some short sleeves (the Danielle pattern) You may have enough fabric for them;XX

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      Dec 30, 2010, 06.29 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      LOVE. the jumpsuit idea. i wonder if i could do it. pants in my studio come out rather large and lounge-y.
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