Nanea Mitchell is wearing traditional Holoku dress inspired by 1940's

Holoku dress for Nanea Mitchell


Nanea Mitchell will celebrate her birthday on April, 11th. This year I had an opportunity to prepare a present for her earlier. I would like to sew her a traditional Hawaiian dress. My internet surfing brought me pictures of 1940’s Elsie Krassas Original Holoku Hawaiian Dress. After seeing it I couldn’t forget it, it became my obsession, and I decided that Nanea has to have it!

As it usually happens with the dresses that inspiring me, I stayed with a sewing machine for a whole day. I started at late evening making a pattern. Early morning I jumped out from a bed and started working: cutting out the pattern details from a fabric and sewing. Sure I had small breaks for breakfast and lunch :) And a few hours later I finished the dress with great pleasure!

I was so impatient to take pictures of the dress, but I had to remove all sewing marks first . So I washed it, then waited until it dried, ironed and put it on Nanea. Nanea looks amazing in it, doesn’t she?

Holoku dress for 18 inch doll

Dress details

Holoku dress, petal sleeves The dress has a sweetheart neckline and petal sleeves. To support the neckline, the dress has a relief on the front. The dress back has a short train and relief seams as well. I made a concealed (invisible) zipper closure at the back as on the original dress. The dress has a fluffy frill at the bottom, it’s more than 2 meters long!
Holoku dress, front viewHoloku dress, back viewHoloku dress, front view close upHoloku dress, back view close up

2 thoughts on “Holoku dress for Nanea Mitchell

  • And doesn’t she look beautiful in her new dress! Well done, you’ve really created the perfect Hawaiian dress for Nanea….who incidentally is very very cute looking :)

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