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R/W summer oldie but goodie dress

Added Aug 29, 2010

by nojallakuutamo

Zagreb, Croatia






I made this dress few weeks ago. It was supposed to be polka dotted but I couldn’t find the material like that. The initial idea was to catch the spirit of women 50-60 years ago, when most of them looked like ladies with some dignity and not like cheap sluts. I adore vintage dresses, combined with psychobilly music :)

So, I used an old pattern I’ve made long time ago, tight corsage-like. I have few tops like that, some have straps, some only one… And they all have a different print and don’t look too similar for anyone to notice. Skirt-part is almost 360 degrees. Inside I have sewn on both bra cups (I can’t stand to have my nipples visible) that keep my jewels on the place. Deep zipper is placed on the back of the dress.

I used a satin band to wrap the headband and around my neck is an old necklace made of wooden beads. I like to wear it with entomology books and bloody red cardigan :)

Special thanks for my foto-fella who made couple of hundred photos that make my smile spontaneous everytime I look at them. Debeli, nevjerojatan si :)

Material Notes

Cotton for the dress. Satin red band for headband. Wood for the beads around my neck. British pale skin included.




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Preppy, Romantic, Vintage


Hawt foto guy

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    Sep 6, 2010, 08.10 PMby frkbustad

    Very nice rockabilly-inspired dress! And I must say your bangs are fantastic!

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    Sep 5, 2010, 12.44 AMby smartalex999

    i love this dress! you are very talented :]

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    Aug 30, 2010, 09.18 PMby lkeogan

    This is gorgeous! It looks amazing on you. Well done :)

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    Aug 30, 2010, 04.26 PMby dabura

    lovely dress. well done

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    Aug 30, 2010, 06.16 AMby Rebecca Alleyne

    I absolutely adore this dress even in the gingham. It is beautiful, light, flirty, deliciously vintage! I love vintage designs. It has been on my mind to try something like this, and now I’m inspired. BTW the pale british skin looked lovely against the red and white :D

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    Aug 29, 2010, 04.36 PMby bellis1

    I absolutely agree, it’s sad how much less dignified most women are today, but I think lots of us are trying to change that. I love how elegant this is, and yet it has a delightful summer flare that makes it fun; maybe it’s the red and white gingham, or your delightful styling! It’s a gorgeous dress, and I’d love to learn how you made it. What a brilliant venture, and such nice work!

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      Aug 29, 2010, 08.09 PMby nojallakuutamo

      Give me some time to explore how to make a pattern available for everyone and you’ll have a way to make it for yourself. Thanks for your kind words :)

      I must admit, the feedback was really surprising, my cousin said “Awww, you look so sweet in it, it makes you look like a lil girl!” and it’s a pretty heavy compliment for a person that is 28 yrs old :)

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    Aug 29, 2010, 02.31 PMby zsyzu

    I love it. I was just at Wal Mart ’s fabric dept yesterday and saw a cute red polka dot fabric. I had this vision of doing a dress in almost the exact design that you did. Awesome job you did!

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      Aug 29, 2010, 08.10 PMby nojallakuutamo

      You sound kinda like Yoda (in your last sentence) :)

      I would kill for a red polka dot fabric back then. I just had to be satisfied with gingham. Not too bad actually, but still isn’t the thing I wanted in the first place.

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