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Crazy Yellow Award Dress

Added Mar 21, 2010

by Nina Helland...

Oslo, Norway






I was attending an award show for different fields of design through my job as graphic designer. I knew I was going to enter the stage to receive my first design award, so I wanted a new dress for the occasion. And what better way to get one, than making it myself?

“Are you really going to make something from this?!”, my boyfriend exclaimed when pulling out the yellow fabric. Actually I was planning to use something totally different, but now, obviously, I had no choice! Therefor I ended up making this crazy yellow dress for the award show, and when you are surrounded by other designers, there are bound to be comments.

The dress is based on a fully lined Vogue pattern. I added the draping to make it more interesting, did a couple of changes in the bodice both front and back, and made my own version at the bottom of the skirt.




Garment Type
Evening Wear
Chiffon, Cotton



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    Oct 15, 2012, 07.22 PMby aniawroblewskijones

    Really beautiful!

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    Jul 22, 2012, 02.31 PMby Elena Hoh

    this is really beautiful— as some people mentioned previously, a pattern, tutorial, or even a youtube vid with a little visual explanation of your mods to the pattern would be greatly welcomed!

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    Apr 16, 2012, 12.27 AMby RuellaDesigns

    not a fan of yellow, but this dress is lovely – great job!

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    Apr 16, 2012, 12.21 AMby RuellaDesigns

    not a fan of yellow, but this dress is lovely – great job!

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    Jan 14, 2011, 03.08 AMby scarletohara

    im not into yellow garments but i think this one is amazing!!!! very good job

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    Sep 19, 2010, 03.31 PMby claireinthewater

    It’s awesome – Where can I get the pattern for this?!?!?

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    Jul 9, 2010, 10.47 PMby solvihelen7

    gorgeous dress!!! where did you get the fabric?

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      Sep 20, 2010, 10.59 AMby Nina Helland Sortland

      Thank you!
      If I remember correctly, I bought it at Sheik’s Fashion in Oslo. There are so many different stores that sells fabric in the same area, so I tend to get them confused :-S.

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    Jul 2, 2010, 04.25 PMby jennel

    Wow! This is terrific. Very inspiring.

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    May 13, 2010, 11.55 AMby itsmeshirley

    love it <3 tell me how you made it :)

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      Sep 20, 2010, 11.03 AMby Nina Helland Sortland

      Thanks :-)
      Well, basically i used a vogue pattern as a starting point (V8241), and added the asymmetrical draping as I cut it. Also I changed the neck line, as well as the hemming of the skirt. It is probably easier using a taylor doll, but one do the best of what one have i guess :-)

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    Apr 21, 2010, 10.40 PMby sojo

    so lovely.

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    Apr 20, 2010, 05.13 AMby delsol

    This is gorgeous! I love the color and the way it drapes [:

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    Apr 16, 2010, 09.32 AMby sittaholi

    gorgeous! so inspiring. love the yellow chiffon.

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    Apr 15, 2010, 02.41 PMby Super Jeanette

    Glamorous and fresh!

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    Apr 11, 2010, 03.34 PMby andrine94

    Så utrolig fresh kjole! Elsker farge:D Hvor fikk du insirasjonen fra?

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      Apr 14, 2010, 01.31 PMby Nina Helland Sortland

      Tusen takk! Tar resten på engelsk. Håper det går bra.

      I get my inspiration from all over I guess. I keep a book where I select inspiration, from magazines, web and photos. Usually when I see something I like, I tend to add or remove something, or merge it with something else I´ve been inspired by to make my own version of it. Also I have some designers and style icons I like to pa attention to :-).

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    Apr 11, 2010, 08.26 AMby emilief

    this dress is just fabulous !!!!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 07.38 PMby nhouse

    i love everything about this dress

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    Apr 7, 2010, 12.46 PMby tialwebb

    This is just beautiful!!! What more can I say, totally inspiring!!

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    Mar 31, 2010, 01.27 AMby tallykay

    AHHHHH….I JUST FELL IN LOVE This is what i call a world class, 5 star gorgouse dress!! MAKE MORE!

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    Mar 26, 2010, 07.48 AMby narcival

    Very cute!!!

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    Mar 25, 2010, 08.27 PMby prairieponygirl

    Love it! I love the color. Beautiful job!

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    Mar 25, 2010, 12.23 PMby aniarrr

    wow this dress is amazing:) i really want to make one now, great inspiration and the colour is beautiful, suits you nicely :):)

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    Mar 25, 2010, 10.33 AMby maha1965

    The color is great and the idea of the design is perfect ,simple and stunning.also the color of the shoes complete the look great job

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    Mar 25, 2010, 10.21 AMby tangerinetea

    What a BEAUTIFUL dress… it’s breathtaking. Perfect style, perfect shape… I want it! You should be very proud of yourself for being so clever. Well done.

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    Mar 25, 2010, 09.25 AMby mln

    super cute!!! i love it! and congratulations on the award!

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    Mar 25, 2010, 06.05 AMby loyl8

    absolutely awesome and i love the yellow and the draping great job!!!

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    Mar 25, 2010, 06.05 AMby loyl8

    absolutely awesome and i love the yellow and the draping great job!!!

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    Mar 25, 2010, 05.37 AMby maria-jose-bon

    This just has to be the kind of dress I’ve been looking for! I have a wedding coming up and I was incredibly clueless about what to make. This is perfect. I love the colour, the line, the fabric.. the dress is fantastic congratulations, you’ve just inspired me!

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    Mar 25, 2010, 03.03 AMby breanne14

    Could you possibly make your pattern for this dress available? I love this dress!!! Can’t wait to make it…

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      Mar 25, 2010, 09.07 AMby Nina Helland Sortland

      Thank you!

      I based the dress on a Vogue pattern, V8241 (
      http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8241-products-5032.php?page_id=856). I made the draping directly when i cut it, so unfortunately I don´t have a pattern. But I can try to make the pattern for the bodice and skirt available (probably after easter), and then you just adjust the drapings as you see fit :-). Thank you for the challengee ;-). Stay tuned!

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    Mar 24, 2010, 08.50 PMby impression

    This might be my favourite dress on the whole of Burda style! Absolutely georgous colour, shape, I love eveything about it!

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    Mar 24, 2010, 08.45 PMby latulipenoire

    Well done and congrats from Stavanger!

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