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Retro Star Wars Dress

Added Jan 5, 2012

by CationDesigns

Los Angeles, Cal...






I used a vintage dress pattern from the early 60s to make this dress out of vintage Star Wars sheets. I did consider using a pattern from the same year as the sheets (1977!), but decided I don’t love 70s fashion enough :\ All in all, the materials and pattern cost a total of $6.50. I love thrift stores!

The bodice ended up a little too big, and the skirt hem a little wonky, but I still love how unique this dress is. Also, Darth Vader can stare menacingly at everyone who gets in my way!

More photos and details here.

Material Notes

50/50 cotton/poly blend sheets for both the shell and lining, seam binding, zipper, hook and eye




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    May 29, 2012, 05.24 PMby m-cw

    My 7 yr old son says

    “I really like your Star Wars dress. I wish my mom would make me pants like that!”

    Awesome! I’m now on bed sheet search alert. I love that you put C3P0 on the shoulders!

    The dress is funky and feminine. Nicely done.

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    Jan 12, 2012, 08.51 PMby slythysophia

    I love it when totally classy babes flaunt their nerdyness with pride! Wonderful job, love how the clean lines of the dress balance out the craziness of the fabric, and the placement of Darth on the front is perfect!

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      Jan 12, 2012, 10.45 PMby CationDesigns

      Aww thanks! Nerd girls unite!

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    Jan 9, 2012, 04.35 AMby sewrusty

    I love this dress!

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    Jan 6, 2012, 09.54 PMby wardrobe-cat

    Fangirls dream! The bodice looks fine to me. Meh, who cares about the wonky hem when you have The Force on your side.

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      Jan 7, 2012, 03.28 PMby notdeadredhead

      Amen to that! ;^D

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      Jan 12, 2012, 10.46 PMby CationDesigns

      Haha I think I am just super perfectionist when it comes to evaluating my own sewing. Thanks for the reassurances!

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    Jan 6, 2012, 07.03 PMby wildcatspow


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    Jan 6, 2012, 04.35 PMby momita

    very nice!!!

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    Jan 6, 2012, 11.52 AMby Luciac


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    Jan 6, 2012, 10.27 AMby LiverpoolFi

    LOVE this!

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    Jan 6, 2012, 09.50 AMby tirrs

    very nice

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    Jan 6, 2012, 03.37 AMby poppykettle

    This is seriously awesome dudette.

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    Jan 6, 2012, 12.39 AMby corarae

    Very clever dress, great job!

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    Jan 5, 2012, 11.39 PMby kerstika

    Everytime you post a new dress I think, “surely, this must be the coolest dress EVER,” and then you upload another one.

    This must be the coolest dress ever!!

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      Jan 12, 2012, 10.46 PMby CationDesigns

      That is the sweetest comment I’ve ever received…thank you!!

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    Jan 5, 2012, 11.23 PMby kihli

    This is awesome!

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    Jan 5, 2012, 11.09 PMby kelerabeus

    the awesomeness of this dress goes beyond the words! I love it!

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    Jan 5, 2012, 11.08 PMby janene

    I didn’t even see Darth Vadar at first. I thought it was a ruffle! (Think I need glasses!) Now I can see it I love it so much. The style of the dress is so elegant and the Star Wars print is a fantastic surprise!

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      Jan 12, 2012, 10.47 PMby CationDesigns

      I knew I had to choose a very simple dress since the fabric was so crazy…but good to know that DV isn’t too blatant despite his placement front and center! Thank you!

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    Jan 5, 2012, 11.02 PMby patti-r

    You are just too cute!! The bodice fits perfect!

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