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It’s a Onion wrap or how I became a lady who lunches

I can safely say that this is something of a style departure for me, even though I have always liked black and white and graphic prints. For one thing it’s a more mature look, plus I feel super rich in a 80’s kind of way. Just wish it was more of a reality too!

I’ve been glued to the sewing machine today as the dress had to be finished tonight. I’ve developed this bad habit of running late with things lately, and while I do crack it, it does add a certain stress. Anyways, it all went super well once I figured the Danish pattern instructions out (Onion is a Danish pattern company). It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I like many other Swedes I find it hard to understand Danish, even though the languages are very closely related. While the Danes seem to have no problem understanding us, which just makes me feel even more stupid. Yes reading should be easier than hearing, but they have such funny words for things in Denmark!

I did a pretty literal knock-off of a classic Diane von Fürstenberg dress. Or as close as I could, since there is very little info on how they are constructed, though this Ebay guide (in five parts) was somewhat helpful. I think of all the wrap dress patterns that I investigated the Onion is probably the closest to the real deal, especially if you want to use binding like in this DVF dress. Most other pattern has both darts and a waist seem, which the original doesn’t have. At least not the current DVF styles. 


  • Marina v.K.
    December 30, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Great dress! Now I will have to look for the pattern too! 🙂

  • SEWN
    December 30, 2011 at 2:26 am

    That is one hot dress! You totally knocked it out of the park! Beautiful.

  • Renee
    December 30, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Amazing dress! Lovely match of pattern/style to fabric and it looks fabulous on you.

  • Mary Beth
    December 30, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Looks great on you! Thanks for the analyses of the patterns, too.

  • Summer Flies
    December 30, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Wow! That is a great dress and looks FANTASTIC! You do LOOK rich! I looked at those Onion patterns after you said about them but now you have said about the instructions I don't think I could get one – I have Greek and English so the Nordic languages would be impossible!
    Really love this.

  • lin3arossa
    December 30, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I'm curious about the elt. Did you make it obi style? You look likeca 1000 bucks in that dress

  • Johanna
    December 30, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Thank you guys! I will talk about the pattern (which is also available in English) and the construction of the dress once I get back from my New Year thingie

  • lsaspacey
    December 30, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Awesome! It looks fabulous!

  • BeccaA
    December 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Your dress is fabulous! I love the fabric, and it fits you perfectly!

  • Mary Nanna
    December 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    You are so clever – I really admire your vision! It is so chic and so arresting, you will be the star of the lunch set, for sure.

  • Mom (Míriam)
    December 30, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Languages are strange… I live in Brazil and, here, we speak Portuguese. The entire world thinks we speak spanish… but no, it is portuguese. And although both languages came from latin, like french and italian, they 4 are very different… In portuguese we can say the vowels opened or closed but in spanish they don't make any difference.
    Lovely dress, lovely print, gorgeous work.
    Feliz 2012! (Happy..).

  • Nancy K
    December 31, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Fabulous. The black and white print is perfect for the dress. Very sophisticated.

  • lasandrou
    December 31, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I love this dress ! It's very like the New Jeanne dress ! You pick a great fabric for this project ! Bravo !!

  • Ann's Fashion Studio
    December 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    You look awesome in your beautiful dress.

  • Y
    January 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    den var vansinnigt snygg! gott nytt år!

  • Gabrielle
    January 6, 2012 at 10:38 am

    That's a beautiful dress on you – and it does look very expensive, so obviously you've made it really well!BTW I don't comment here much but wanted to tell you how much I love the photos on your blog – and it's such a distinctive, clean look.


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