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Retro Dress for my niece

Added Dec 25, 2013

by Ellen Hatteland

Nedre Vats, Norway






I wanted to try to make a special dress – and I started with a black wool top with long sleeves and cut it apart. I had different wool sweaters which I liked very much and I cut a part of each and I sewed it on the black top with special seams so it didn’t unraveled. I decorated with red round band and also with some 30mm wide wool band. For the collar and the skirt I used medium weight jersey. I used the hem of the blue sweater at the bottom of the dress.

Material Notes

Wool and jersey




Knits/Jersey, Wool

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    Jan 4, 2014, 04.33 PMby The Tropical Sewist

    It’s very cool and creative! Kind of like a mash up between custo Barcelona and desigual!

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      Jan 4, 2014, 06.34 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thank you very, very much for your nice comments! :)

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    Jan 1, 2014, 04.22 PMby Lid Pon

    Love, so original

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    Jan 1, 2014, 04.12 PMby krice

    Stilig! Alltid gøy med upcycling, så flink du er!

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      Jan 1, 2014, 04.24 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Takk for det :) Det er helt sant – det er så kjekt å kunne lage noe av det som ikke blir brukt lenger – så blir det til noe helt nytt :)

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    Jan 1, 2014, 10.01 AMby Oksana Starzhynska

    Your imagination has no limits, Ellen:-)

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    Dec 30, 2013, 07.24 AMby nrobson

    love it, its unique Ellen! great designs on it x

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    Dec 29, 2013, 01.16 AMby Regan Mackenzie

    Wow, this is the sort of artwork that really catches my attention, one of my all time favourites Ellen. Clever cuts and finishing. Love your work

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      Dec 29, 2013, 08.06 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      Nice to hear :) Thanks a lot Regan!

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    Dec 26, 2013, 08.41 PMby schnui

    Fabulous dress and so full of wonderful creative ideas. Well done Ellen, your niece must be so happy with it.

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      Dec 26, 2013, 09.23 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      That’s so kind of you to say schnui :) She likes the dress very much – and I’m very happy about it :-)

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    Dec 26, 2013, 11.35 AMby Bbtiny

    Hello Ellen, what a very creative dress! I like it VERY much and it looks a bit like Desigual and it fits her perfectly! Great work! Congratulations!

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      Dec 26, 2013, 09.22 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Hi Bbtiny, thank you very much! that makes me very Happy to hear! :-))

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    Dec 26, 2013, 05.37 AMby rita61

    WOW. Very original, and very great looking on her! Nicely planned layout of fabrics.

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      Dec 26, 2013, 08.53 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thanks a lot Rita – It was fun to try something new :)

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    Dec 25, 2013, 10.22 PMby Mary Athey

    What a fabulous dress and how clever of you to do this. I love it as its so unique and its perfect on your niece x

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    Dec 25, 2013, 10.20 PMby mayadaughterofsun

    So nice, unique and brave! You re very talented!

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      Dec 25, 2013, 10.24 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thanks a lot mayadaughterofsun! :-))

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    Dec 25, 2013, 10.04 PMby liliv-1

    It’s a very special dress Hellen! Your work is great as always!

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      Dec 25, 2013, 10.20 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      That’s so sweet of you to say – thank you very much :-)

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    Dec 25, 2013, 10.01 PMby Natasha Sniatowsky

    It’s beautifully put together and looks really lovely on your niece. Love it! Thanks for the inspiration! Happy holidays, Ellen!

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      Dec 25, 2013, 10.20 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thanks a lot Natasha! Great to hear :) Happy Holidays!

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