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Retro Hot Robin

Added Dec 15, 2009

by loyl8

Wauwatosa, Wisco...






This dress makes me happy!!! Happy enough to mow the lawn :)I was inspired by a robins egg and added a little retro fun twist. I did not use a pattern which made it tough, most of the fabric is thrifted and I did a lot of hand sewing. It is completely lined and has hot pink tulle. I added pockets and on the top has two eco friendly buttons on each side to get into the dress easier. I did have a bit of trouble on closing the back; there are about 5 different snaps!!! But it works. I made this dress for my going away party but it didn’t get done in time. I also made a detachable bow to put where ever I want it. In the photo it is in the back. I did have a slight issue with the tailoring.. let me know what you think.

Material Notes

thrifted robins blue fabric and tan/brown linen, polyester fun colored lining, hot pink tulle, snaps, thread, hand sewing, eco buttons, lime green lace seam binding, and of course love :)




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Linen, Polyester



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    Jun 22, 2011, 02.28 AMby tungufoss

    This dress makes me happy too! :D

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    Apr 4, 2011, 03.35 AMby mnavoy

    I am in love with this dress! The back is gorgeous. The whole thing is gorgeous!

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    Sep 2, 2010, 01.42 AMby pumpkinpatches

    this is so pretty! Looks so classic, my favourite is the buttons at the top, and of course you did a fantastic job on the back

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    Mar 29, 2010, 03.05 PMby kittylulu81

    Beautiful dress! I love the colors and the back of it.

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    Feb 12, 2010, 02.31 PMby maatranut

    It´s fantastic. I get it as favorite…. I think me in a red one. It´s wonderful

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    Jan 17, 2010, 12.43 PMby lilybart

    Amazing dress. Love the colour and the pink tulle is spectacular!

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    Jan 14, 2010, 05.19 PMby beaufabulous

    This is just amazing, the robins egg blue, the hot pink tulle!! I love it all. I really loved that you did this yourself without a pattern and the back is awesome!! Very inspiring!! Mad props on an awesome job!! :)

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    Dec 23, 2009, 01.56 PMby emcadorette

    This is just gorgeous, and the back cut-out especially is stunning — well DONE! My only possible suggestion would be to add side bust darts to remove the minor drapiness of the front bodice, as the rest of the dress fits you so gorgeously, that back in particular being a really spectacular job. Beautiful!

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      Dec 23, 2009, 10.59 PMby loyl8

      Thank for the comment and the tip really hepful. thank you have a happy holiday

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    Dec 22, 2009, 02.02 PMby meyakao

    love love~ the dress, it is already on top of my to do list, thanks for the inspirations :)

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      Dec 23, 2009, 12.39 AMby loyl8

      no prob!! Thank you for the comment. I really do appreciate them;)

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    Dec 22, 2009, 01.40 AMby metropolitanfrock

    So pretty. Don’t be hard on yourself, you did a wonderful job. Gooooooo Retro Robin Gooooo!

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      Dec 22, 2009, 02.23 AMby loyl8

      hehehe thank you. I am my own worst critic.

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    Dec 21, 2009, 07.39 AMby shirleyy

    this is really cute!

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    Dec 19, 2009, 05.42 PMby Rita Sc

    LOVE it

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    Dec 19, 2009, 02.52 AMby akiyo

    lovely ! like a barbie doll

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      Dec 20, 2009, 12.35 AMby loyl8

      hehe thank you;)

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    Dec 18, 2009, 09.20 PMby erdronen

    This is such an awesome dress! I actually have fabric that looks exactly like this, and had no clue what to do with it! You have given me some inspiration!

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      Dec 18, 2009, 11.50 PMby loyl8

      OH YEAH!!!! It is such a beautiful color. I was just at the mall the other day and it is almost just like tiffany blue..I have left over fabric so who knows..good luck with whatever you are going to do. :) Thanks for the comment

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    Dec 18, 2009, 08.51 PMby liola

    very nice… love the first picture! well done!

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      Dec 18, 2009, 11.48 PMby loyl8

      thank you

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    Dec 18, 2009, 08.46 AMby janetheclerk

    oh my goodness, this is gorgeous. fabulous, congratulations.

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      Dec 18, 2009, 11.37 AMby loyl8

      thank you very much ;)

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    Dec 17, 2009, 04.49 PMby dewreb

    This is great. I really like the v-shape on the lower back. You did a really good job! Very creative!

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      Dec 17, 2009, 10.16 PMby loyl8

      thanks ;)

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    Dec 17, 2009, 11.54 AMby anna agyekum


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      Dec 17, 2009, 10.17 PMby loyl8

      thank you :)

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    Dec 16, 2009, 05.53 PMby pixelink

    a well thought work of art, the colour is beautiful and suits you very well.

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      Dec 16, 2009, 09.58 PMby loyl8

      Thank you very much :)

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    Dec 16, 2009, 11.39 AMby cienna

    i wanna dance in the rain with this dress!

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      Dec 16, 2009, 09.58 PMby loyl8

      oooh that might be fun with some wellies on, if it only rained here more often :)

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    Dec 16, 2009, 08.41 AMby nessys

    Love the dress and love the shot of you mowing the lawn in it! Gorgeous!

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      Dec 16, 2009, 09.57 PMby loyl8

      Thank you :) My husband actually participated in taking photos this time…hehe:)

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    Dec 16, 2009, 03.09 AMby seussian

    the tulle adds an amazing contrast that just gives it the “ZINGGGGGG” quality that makes me lovee this dress! 0————-0

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      Dec 16, 2009, 05.37 AMby loyl8

      Thank you!!!!!;)

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    Dec 16, 2009, 12.59 AMby loyl8

    Thank you to everyone who left me a comment on my dress I’m soo excited people like it ;)

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    Dec 16, 2009, 12.52 AMby Vivat Veritas

    i love this! i think the color choice is great, and i love the back open!

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      Dec 16, 2009, 12.58 AMby loyl8

      thank you:)

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    Dec 15, 2009, 11.27 PMby meadowsredjar

    I have fallen in love! Its so pretty!

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      Dec 16, 2009, 12.58 AMby loyl8

      Thank you:)

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    Dec 15, 2009, 11.05 PMby kat21

    This is gorgeous! I love the colours and the cut out back.

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      Dec 16, 2009, 12.58 AMby loyl8

      Thank you soo much :)

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    Dec 15, 2009, 07.03 PMby Jodi Wade

    Your pictures make me smile :) I love the lawn mower one. Very cute dress.

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      Dec 16, 2009, 12.57 AMby loyl8

      Thank you

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    Dec 15, 2009, 05.24 PMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    you made that WITHOUT A PATTERN? i’m in awe. not really my style of dress, but i can absolutely appreciate your talent in putting this creation together WITHOUT A PATTERN wow, i can only dream of doing that someday.

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      Dec 16, 2009, 12.57 AMby loyl8

      with a pattern would have been a lot easier and faster, but trial and error. You can totally do without a pattern just takes time and patience. I have only been sewing a year self taught so if I can do so can you:) Thank you for the comment:)

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    Dec 15, 2009, 12.02 PMby medea

    I love the hot pink tulle ^^

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      Dec 16, 2009, 12.56 AMby loyl8

      Pink is one of my favorite colors makes things fun. thank you

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    Dec 15, 2009, 11.49 AMby sewella

    What a glamourous creation!

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      Dec 16, 2009, 12.55 AMby loyl8

      Thank you:)

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