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The Architect's Dress

Added Jun 8, 2011

by The Tropical...

Singapore, Singa...






My brother’s the architect. This Ikea fabric (I’m such a fan that I don’t mind looking like people’s curtains!) reminded me of him.

It has a nice body and is not too drapey so I made something a bit more structured. I used a vintage pattern I found on Etsy as a starting point. As usual I don’t wait around for vintage patterns to appear in my size – I just buy whatever’s available and modify. I didn’t like the fit on the original pattern, even after resizing it to my size, so I modified it by adding bust darts and removing the original back darts, and by changing the slope of the shoulder.

I used orange cotton fabric for the trim that was left over from a previous project. And I used 2 layers of interfacing on the collar so it would STAND up.

Am really quite pleased with the result – I especially like the collar, I think it gives the dress a space-age look! I was afraid it would be scratchy and I’d have to line it, but in the end it worked beautifully :)

Material Notes

cotton fabric from Ikea




Garment Type

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    Mar 22, 2012, 09.05 PMby Stitchless

    Hello there, your really good aren’t you!! I always use IKEA fabrics. It means you can end up with something a bit different and is often cheaper too. Tree

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      Mar 23, 2012, 04.24 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Thanks so much! Glad to find another Ikea fabric lover! I’m a sucker for their prints, and I love the prce point, so it isn’t tooooo bad if I mess up…

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    Aug 24, 2011, 01.56 PMby dabura

    Great fabric choice, great dress!

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    Jul 16, 2011, 12.09 AMby Rikamekko

    What a great dress!

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    Jun 14, 2011, 11.02 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Love the fabric, it really works with the pattern. To keep the neckline stiff you could have used a lightweight canvas…

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    Jun 11, 2011, 05.54 PMby ktmacca

    looks fabulous!

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    Jun 10, 2011, 07.36 PMby monicapeters2

    This is fabulous! Ready for the runway!

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    Jun 10, 2011, 07.15 PMby kadnusz

    I have just been inspired and found a pattern just in my size on Etsy! Thank you :) I love your version!

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    Jun 10, 2011, 12.53 PMby pambox

    i want. that. fabric!

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    Jun 10, 2011, 07.56 AMby tracymcd

    An absolute inspiration – it’s amazing. I want one – may just have to turn copycat.

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    Jun 10, 2011, 03.38 AMby Lexicon

    Love the mod dress and the fabric – I actually bought a few metres of the same fabric from ikea a few months ago and was planning on making a shift dress as well – you have inspired me!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 08.54 PMby juebejue

    super awesome looking dress!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 06.14 PMby chromachord

    This dress is really quite fantastic. Great work!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 05.13 PMby suzeb

    What a cool print! It suits the design perfectly

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    Jun 9, 2011, 05.01 PMby The Tropical Sewist

    Oh my! Thank you so much, guys! Am so completely flattered – y’all made my week!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 03.28 PMby indil

    wow.. i think this is a perfect example of perfect fit of pattern and fabric. you choose wisely and the result is simply gorgeous. hats off!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 02.51 PMby remostar

    This is amazing! I love the fabric and the structure of this dress! Great job! -C.C.

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    Jun 9, 2011, 02.28 PMby daughterfish

    I absolutely love how you highlighted the bodice details with the orange fabric. Is it piping? I love how you made this vintage pattern look totally modern (yes, even futuristic!). I have some vintage patterns from the 60’s and this gives me a bunch of ideas on how to update them!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 02.16 PMby wildcatspow

    Very cool! Great job!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 02.13 PMby robiedodson

    I. am. speechless. This is amazing – thanks for making my day! I feel like i’ve been to an art museum already.

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    Jun 9, 2011, 12.51 PMby lizajane09

    Wow, you really had some vision to combine that pattern and fabric to make this dress. It is fantastic.

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    Jun 9, 2011, 11.18 AMby groovymama

    This is so cool. Wow!! Ikea fabric is perfect for 60s style dresses! This is the most fantastic dress I’ve seen in a long time.

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    Jun 9, 2011, 10.09 AMby Priscilla Folley

    It really is something else. I think it’s fantastic!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 09.54 AMby onehundredsocks

    Wow, great fabric and design! Have to stop by at IKEA more often!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 08.40 AMby junespoon

    love the style of this dress – i’ve made a couple of dresses from the ikea dec-weight fabric too and i just love the stiffness of it! Looks great!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 07.55 AMby lie

    A great job indeed! Well done!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 07.10 AMby sineuve

    Wow, how cool!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 04.42 AMby prettysweet

    This is an amazing dress!

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    Jun 8, 2011, 11.36 PMby mollykatherine

    Wow! this dress is architecture in itself, I love angulairty of it!

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    Jun 8, 2011, 09.57 PMby lillybeeandpaul

    that is a truly trendy and ultra cool dress.

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    Jun 8, 2011, 09.46 PMby lila-1

    great pattern and AWESOME choice in fabric!

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