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The thirtieth birthday dress

Added Oct 6, 2011

by frkbustad

Bergen, Norway






Yet another of my dresses from self-drafted pattern with the sweetheart neckline. I made this dress (and a matching tie) on deadline margins, the week before I celebrated my birthday. It was finished the same day… I bought the fabric in London last year, and I decided that I wanted a Hawaiian-style dress. What wasn’t better than throw a Hawaiian-themed birthday? I got three pineapples that day and an extremely tasty pineapple cocktail…

I used my basic block pattern, and nip-tucked it a little when it was mostly sown together (no muslin there… I was in a hurry!). The dress is made from two pattern pieces (and interfacings), without lining (yes I regret). the zipper is in the side seam, lapped and prick-stitched.

The dress is a lot of fun to wear, and I really like the shape. It is even more fitted than the Back to Beat dress. There will be more dresses like this one, maybe in a more every-day-colour suitable with a cardigan…

Material Notes

100 % cotton with lovely Hawaiian print.




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Other, Rock

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    Jun 5, 2012, 06.44 PMby Vanessa Leigh

    Darling! I have been looking for a colorful floral on print! Beautiful job. I have a pattern similar to this, Vogue 8280 Easy Options Pattern. You have inspired me to go Tiki with it! xo

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    Oct 7, 2011, 11.11 AMby melongrowergirl

    I like it! Looks like fun! :-) Nice pictures, too!

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    Oct 7, 2011, 01.23 AMby poppykettle

    Its gorgeous on you! Such a lovely creation :)

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      Oct 7, 2011, 01.24 AMby poppykettle

      And happy birthday!

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      Oct 7, 2011, 05.32 AMby frkbustad

      Thanks! I’m always 30-and-a-half now, but it’s never too late to share a good moment?

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    Oct 6, 2011, 09.59 PMby BrigetteForbes

    Congratulations, this is beautiful and a great fit!

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    Oct 6, 2011, 08.45 PMby janene

    What a fun fabric, and a great fitting dress. I love the sweetheart neckline…. very flattering :-)

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      Oct 7, 2011, 05.32 AMby frkbustad

      Sweetheart neckline is my favourite – and very suitable when you have broad shoulders like me.

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    Oct 6, 2011, 08.20 PMby BeYou TiFul

    beautiful dress and great fabric!

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      Oct 6, 2011, 08.45 PMby frkbustad

      Thank you! I love the fabric!

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