Handmade dress inspired by Cecilie Bahnsen

My Cecilie Bahnsen-inspired dress is loosely based on the Alberte shirt, but mine’s a bit longer so that it can be worn as a dress. I also opted for a plain, circle neckline instead of the ruffle collar. I kept everything else similar – the ties on the cuffs and back closure, and the pleats on the sleeves and lower dress part. I started by using McCall’s shirt pattern M7721, view D, but made lots of changes along the way. Scroll down to see some of the photos taken at different stages of the making process!

Choir gown in full force
The back has three ties as the closure.

Booties from Public Desire – new versions here, here, and here
Headband from Zara

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1 Comment

  1. April 19, 2020 / 12:40 pm

    This is amazing! I stumbled across your site while looking for inspo, as I am also planning to sew a DIY Cecilie Bahnsen dress. Also, how you’ve styled it with the headband is great.