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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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    Mar 24, 2010, 08.24 PMby englishb

    I love it! Especially the keyhole closure in the back, it adds some sex appeal. I work as a (student) graphic designer as well – hooray for multiple forms of creativity! Congratulations on your award. :)

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    Mar 23, 2010, 07.30 PMby droledetruc

    wow !! just to say this dress is amazing…and you look great ! thanks for these beautiful pictures !

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    Mar 23, 2010, 07.11 PMby evamarie

    Nina, this rocks! Thanks for posting, this is totally inspiring and I’m gonna look at this color in a new way. Yesss!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 12.20 AMby carolinesj

    Amazing dress – it’s perfect!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 11.25 PMby Olivia Anne

    I love it! the colour really catches your eye too

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    Mar 22, 2010, 08.28 PMby rebeccalady

    wow, that is freaking gorgeous!!!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 07.46 PMby mwana

    What an absolutely gorgeous dress! And the colour is smashing, too. Well done! I also like your other creations. Wouldn’t have thought you’re a novice! :)

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    Mar 22, 2010, 02.18 PMby storres56

    Your dress is so beautiful and the color yellow was definitely the way to go!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 02.10 PMby sunnilj9

    I adore the color and the fit and style is oh so fabulous! Gorgeous job!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 01.10 PMby BeYou TiFul

    What a MASTERPIECE which pattern did you use if I may ask?

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    Mar 22, 2010, 10.37 AMby elyzampa

    That’s really cool! I love it and I think this color is wonderful! :)

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    Mar 22, 2010, 10.36 AMby pitocia

    Very cute! Is it difficult to work on this sheer fabric? I think it’s a chiffon,maybe?

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      Mar 22, 2010, 11.24 AMby Nina Helland Sortland

      Thanks :-). Well, I was in a bit of a hurry when making the dress, so it was hard to be as accurate as necessary when working with chiffon. But I just love these light fabrics, so it is worth the extra afford ;-).

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    Mar 22, 2010, 09.33 AMby sweetgirl-1

    lovely color and cute dress :)

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    Mar 22, 2010, 09.23 AMby barbaraagatha

    I have a wedding on May 15 and was going to make a military green shantung dress. very shiny. But now I saw your yellow dress and I MUST make it in yellow! It is so young and unique: I want to stand out!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 08.30 AMby cd909

    love it!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 07.11 AMby dian 1024

    beautiful yellow… \^o^/

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    Mar 22, 2010, 03.34 AMby olystyrene

    Wowzers! So striking! Immediate gets your attention!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 01.52 AMby k3ubasilan

    This is really gorgeous! I just love how it drapes and the colour that pops. Simply beautiful :)

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    Mar 22, 2010, 01.45 AMby shellidawn

    Whoa! This doesn’t happen often, but I’m speechless. You did an awesome job…!!!!!

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    Mar 21, 2010, 11.03 PMby livlucky

    your dress is awesome! you look gorgeous…congrats on the award.

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    Mar 21, 2010, 10.37 PMby fashionqueen920

    this is beautiful!

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    Mar 21, 2010, 10.11 PMby nenasew

    Such a striking dress. Lovely on you.

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    Mar 21, 2010, 09.55 PMby lepetithoot

    Brilliant! This is amazing and, although I usually am not attracted to yellow, I’m LOVING the color! :) Great job and thanks for sharing!

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    Mar 21, 2010, 09.33 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    Just love it! :-)

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    Mar 21, 2010, 09.29 PMby plookiss

    I love it, the colour is fab and the design too :D

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    Mar 21, 2010, 09.28 PMby Natalia *

    How is it crazy?! You look absolutely stunning Nina. Those legs of yours go on for miles -Im soo jealous! I can’t believe you considered not wearing this dress -Im glad you did. Great job on the dress.

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      Mar 22, 2010, 01.17 PMby Nina Helland Sortland

      Crazy yellow! I feel like this glowing spot in a sea of grey when I wear it. Haha, it so funny that you say Ithat my legs look long considering that I´m just 161 cm (well, 160,8 :-P) tall/short ;-). But thank you!

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      Mar 22, 2010, 02.46 PMby Natalia *

      Wow, I would never have been able to tell that you’re 161cm. Im only 152cm, and yet my legs would never look that fantastic, so great job pulling it off. And there is no reason not to stand out. If others choose to be dull and wear grey, thats their own fault.

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      Mar 22, 2010, 02.58 PMby Nina Helland Sortland

      It´s all in the perspective, and uphill obviously works. But now I´m giving away my secrets ;-). I couldn´t agree more; sometimes the line of gray needs to be broken by a bright color!

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    Mar 21, 2010, 09.24 PMby Zaiba Shaikh

    Soooo awesome!!

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    Mar 21, 2010, 09.19 PMby suzetewilliams

    Tres jolie! I love this shade of yellow. Nice job.

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    Mar 21, 2010, 09.12 PMby Jodi Wade

    I’m not really a fan of yellow but now you have made me want a yellow dress! Your dress is fabulous.

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