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The Mork Dress

Added Sep 11, 2010

by Passiona Cottee

Sydney (Inner We...






From many moons ago…
And distant galaxies away.

I do like the ‘50s fashion phase we’re all going through. But the ’50s styles are just not my body shape. The Whats your fashion era? helped me realise the ’70s and ’20s are mine.

So, here’s a fun jumper. Started… well, remember the Alabama Chanin Contest ? I spent the first weekend of that two week contest working on the hand-stitching on these pleats. Before deciding it wasn’t Alabama enough despite the stars and stripesy feel to the colour scheme. Then, it sat on a chair whilst I finished Water and Jam and G’day Alabama. And then, the tessuti and burdastyle and stitches and craft contest: came along… and then… and then… In fact, I started it long before I got the overlocker. And am pleased I finally went back over its innards to stop those pesky fraying edges.

Behold this late arrival from the ’70s. I like its humble and happy vibe. It says, “I am going to the future right after I milk some of these cows”.

Variations. The instructions called for the yoke to be topstitched in place. I lined it up to do just that, when POW the ‘70s jumped right out and hit me in the face. I mean, I like the ’70s ’n’all but I DO want to wear this in public. To tone it down, I skipped the top stitching on the front yoke – it is a little softer by using a regular seam on it. Also: No way was I going to put buttons on the shoulders!

– inseam pockets!!
– invisible hem with the machine

P.S. Did you see the look on the other girl’s face when she saw someone had the same thing on as her?!

Material Notes

heavy cotton; cotton thread; and contrast stitching in linen thread



Related Techniques


Garment Type
Other, Vintage



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    Sep 22, 2010, 03.46 PMby bathina

    Great job you did and your choice of pattern is unike! I love it

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    Sep 18, 2010, 12.19 AMby hniuniu

    good it is beautful ,i like it,thanks

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    Sep 17, 2010, 03.22 AMby tudorrose69

    Hi, just to let everyone know, I just purchased this exact pattern at Etsy.com, size 10 and uncut.

    There currently is ONE more of these available at Etsy.com. Just enter “Simplicity 7128” int the ALL category search and you should be able to find it. The remaining patter is in Size 8, and it has already been cut. So HURRY, HURRY, HURRY to Etsy if you want to buy this pattern! I checked E-Bay and they did NOT have it. Can’t wait to play with this one! I’ll keep you advised. This pattern is ADORABLE, NICE JOB with the project!

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    Sep 16, 2010, 08.45 AMby gray


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    Sep 16, 2010, 06.38 AMby pixelink

    YES…REVIVE THE SEVENTIES!! Adore your dress and your inspiration on making <3

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    Sep 16, 2010, 03.46 AMby missdandy

    1970s is, hands down, my favorite fashion decade! I really, really love this dress, especially all of those pleats and the inseam pockets!

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    Sep 15, 2010, 11.29 PMby artemis-ivorywings

    This is adorable!

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    Sep 15, 2010, 06.25 PMby gone2beach

    Love it…maybe Simplicty will bring that pattern back!!

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    Sep 14, 2010, 06.12 PMby loulourosa

    this is a verry lovely dress, I like the details and the shape, gorgeous!

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    Sep 12, 2010, 07.47 PMby michelleiswell

    I love this! And I am guessing you called it the Mork dress after ‘Mork & Mindy’ that crazy television show? I do think buttons on the shoulders would be fabulous, but I understand what you were going for! LOVE THIS. Where did you find the pattern?

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      Sep 17, 2010, 03.24 AMby tudorrose69

      If you to to Etsy.com (see my post above) you can find this pattern! You may need to or not, change the sizing. Shouldn’t be too difficult! Good luck in finding this.

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    Sep 12, 2010, 07.04 AMby sewella

    What a fabulous dress you’ve made! The work looks impeccable – a true piece of art!

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    Sep 12, 2010, 06.06 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    very lovely dress! i am not too much a fan of the 70th to be honnest, but i really like this one, as it’s pattern has been “transported” (or beamed) into our time and looks really stunning like it is!

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      Sep 13, 2010, 01.53 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Hi Ralf, Thank you. Congratulations on your 50th project. I am glad you think this has been “beamed” into now. I tried for that. From the look of your gentleman’s collection I think you would totally rock the 1870s ! ;)

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    Sep 12, 2010, 04.48 AMby huff

    Great dress! I have this pattern and it’s so nice to be able to see what it looks like all made up and worn by a human!

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      Sep 13, 2010, 01.13 AMby Passiona Cottee

      oh, hi. Huff! You’re in Australia, too. Cool. Fancy us both having the same vintage american pattern… what a coincidence! I think it would be nice to make the shirt version of this, too – the one with the patterned contrast piece also on the cover. It would be easy(-er) to make if you machine stitch the front pleats like the pattern says to do.

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      Sep 13, 2010, 08.09 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Oh, and yes… Happy to assist you seeing this on a human. How long are the legs of the girls on the pattern cover!!??

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    Sep 11, 2010, 01.52 PMby carolinam

    Great dress, well made, fun story, perfect colours, good fotos (the front one of you and the patternlady is so good). I see this i think: i want that! then i think: but it is not realy my style?? but stil, it attracts me for some reason….

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      Sep 13, 2010, 12.28 AMby Passiona Cottee

      oh, gosh. thanks for your honesty. I get what you mean about liking the look of something even though it may not be your style. I also think it is perfectly natural… you can like it and I promise you don’t have to wear it!

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    Sep 11, 2010, 01.51 PMby skeeler

    I love it. You did a great job! On another note, have you considered becoming a copywriter (if you’re not one already)? Love this line: “I am going to the future right after I milk some of these cows”.

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      Sep 12, 2010, 11.55 PMby Passiona Cottee

      Hi skeeler, that is really nice of you to say. It is easy to find expression for things I am passionate about. I have been inspired by the blogs of many of the burdastyle members, too, and would like to start one of my own.

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      Sep 16, 2010, 06.37 AMby pixelink

      I agree!!

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    Sep 11, 2010, 11.17 AMby bopippdo

    this is very nice…!!

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      Sep 12, 2010, 11.46 PMby Passiona Cottee

      Thanks Bopippdo, I am glad you like it

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    Sep 11, 2010, 09.48 AMby nessys


    This is so cool! I really like the hand-stitched top stitching – it really adds a lovely, individual, warmly-home-spun vibe to this. Blue and red are always winners when you pop them together! I think the red trim on the original was a bit overstated – so I like your toned-down version lots. The pockets are perfection Darl, perfection. I love the mirror image of you and the pattern – well done!

    I am also rather proud of you vegan boots! I will have to look into these.

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      Sep 11, 2010, 11.21 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Thanks sweets. “Beam me up baby” is such a cute take on it. Like a groovy star trekker. You even picked up on the home-spun vibe! And, yes, you must check out Toms shoes. When u buy a pair, they give a pair to a child in need! And they ship to Australia.
      I have just now updated the description with a little more of the story about this pattern’s progress and context. Chat soon, Nessy :)

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    Sep 11, 2010, 09.01 AMby magdamagda

    wow this looks like such a fun dress! I totally love it, very inspiring!

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      Sep 11, 2010, 11.22 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Thank you Magda. I’m going to have fun fun FUN in this one.

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