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Olive Origami Dress

Added May 4, 2010

by anajan

Belgrade, Serbia






This dress is a knock-off of the Knip mode dress I saw on Sigrid’s blog.
If you haven’t read her blog so far, you should really take a look, since Sigrid is a skillful seamstress with a great sense of style. Besides, she is so generous with sharing tips and tricks of the trade. This is not the first garment I made that was inspired by Sigrid’s work.

Anyway, the dress is not an identical twin of the original, it’s more like a very-look-alike-younger-sister :)
I liked a lot the origami detail on the front neckline and did an intense brainstorming before figuring out how it was done. To tell you the truth, it’s not that difficult to draft it! I might post a tutorial, or even a pattern for this dress, but I am making no promises, since it involves a lot of time, which I haven’t had enough lately.

The dress is fully lined (I forgot to take pictures of the lining, which is a pitty, since it’s so cute and I am so proud of how I sewed it) and it has an invisible zipper installed at the back center seam.

Material Notes

Linen for the fashion fabric, microfiber for the lining, zipper




Garment Type

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    Oct 25, 2010, 08.39 PMby mad14kt

    L*VLY work!

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    Oct 22, 2010, 12.50 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Very nice, I love the neckline detail.

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    Oct 22, 2010, 04.14 AMby elayne0

    This is beautiful. You are very skilled. Could you please let me know how you drafted the origami bit of the dress?

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      Oct 22, 2010, 07.20 AMby anajan

      Thanks for commenting!
      I’ll try to make a tutorial, but it’ll take some time (I don’t think I could explain it merely in words – it requires some visual illustration).

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    May 19, 2010, 03.52 PMby auntibrig


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    May 6, 2010, 04.35 PMby sigridnl

    Wow, you really made it work. I’m impressed by how you drafted this, I only had to follow the pattern. Love your “younger sister” version very much, it looks very much like my dress (of which I have yet to post finished pictures).

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    May 5, 2010, 03.39 PMby tamezdc

    Wow!! This dress has inspired me to make a dress of my own. I have linen fabric that would be great for a dress like this. I’m so impress with your sewing skills.

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    May 5, 2010, 05.49 AMby milkyway

    I love this dress I am certainly want it!!! could you please tell me de knip issue I want to track it on ebay?

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      May 5, 2010, 10.30 AMby anajan

      Gracias, amiga! I’m sorry, but I don’t know the issue number – I don’t have an access to the KnipMode magazine here, in Serbia. I would suggest you to ask either Melissa (squirrellypoo), Ghainskom, or Sigrid, since they all have that issue. You would look gorgeous in the dress! :)

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    May 4, 2010, 11.37 PMby smallone

    oh much jealousy AnaJan this is sooooo stylish! and perfectly executed by you as always. I am off to check out Sigrids blog thanks for the tip.

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    May 4, 2010, 08.19 PMby Erin E

    Very creative and I love your fabric choice. It really highlights that great neckline detail :)

    I featured this dress on my blog:

    BurdaStyle Top Picks :: Week of 4/26-5/2

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    May 4, 2010, 05.01 PMby tessi

    Simply STUNNING! Beautifully done.

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    May 4, 2010, 04.46 PMby msrainmm

    very sophisticated! good job!

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    May 4, 2010, 03.03 PMby gdac

    Gorgeous, sensational. I love the neck detail!! It’s your super high standard as usual!

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    May 4, 2010, 02.34 PMby carottesauvage

    Amazing! you push the ‘tuck business’ one step beyond. Bravo!

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    May 4, 2010, 01.21 PMby squirrellypoo

    Wow I can’t believe you made this without the pattern! I have this KnipMode issue and the pieces are not at all intuitive! Your dress is just phenomenal!

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      May 4, 2010, 01.35 PMby anajan

      Thanks Melissa!
      I saw the pattern pieces on Sigrid’s blog, and I noticed that mine are slightly different, but the overall construction idea is the same. However, I’ve gotta admit it – I had several moments of complete confusion while sewing the pleats and I had to re-do some steps to make it perfect.
      It is definitely not a novice-level technique, but it isn’t as difficult as it might appear.
      P.S. Isn’t it interesting how the sewing community works world wide – Sigrid was inspired by your post, and I got inspired by hers? :)

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    May 4, 2010, 01.00 PMby shereesews

    Anajan what an attractive dress! I like your fabric choice and color. I also enjoyed the blog recommendation you gave. This dress has inspired me to play around with some additional origami details in clothing. Keep up the good work!

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    May 4, 2010, 12.42 PMby wackyblonde

    I am olive green with envy over your wardrobe Ana. ;^)

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    May 4, 2010, 12.38 PMby suzetewilliams

    This is very skilled. I can only dream to be able to make something as elaborate as this without a pattern. Fantastic choice of colour and material. I love linen for all year round.

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    May 4, 2010, 12.38 PMby ink

    so so beautiful! Love the elegant tucks. This dress is masterful in its ‘seeming’ simplicity—- Wait, was that a pun!

    Looks beautiful on you, like always your fit is like a glove! The linen is fantastic for the cut.

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    May 4, 2010, 12.35 PMby ghainskom

    Oh no, you didnt! I just got this back issue of Knipmode a week ago and have been drooling all over this dress. I’ve been thinking about changing it to an A-line skirt but it’s just perfect this way. Super!

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    May 4, 2010, 12.26 PMby bussey

    I am perfectly conscious both of my skill limits and of my lack of originality in commenting… but the olive linen is gorgeous, the fit perfect and the origami detail so beautiful (and not too girlish). Girl, you’d better watch your dress closely! : D

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      May 4, 2010, 12.36 PMby suzetewilliams

      I wholeheartedly agree with you!

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    May 4, 2010, 12.26 PMby irmchen

    This is brilliant! :-) I also like sigrid’s sewing blog: thank you for the advice.

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    May 4, 2010, 12.05 PMby conchi

    Fantastic work. Love the colour.

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    May 4, 2010, 11.58 AMby Jodi Wade

    It fits so well and the neckline is gorgeous!

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    May 4, 2010, 11.50 AMby sew4my3

    Really beautiful! I admire your time dedication to this origami technique. The linen fabric is gorgeous and the fit is perfect. Great job, again!

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