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Antipodean House

Added Mar 27, 2012

by Nickiejc

Angers, France






This dress is made from a downloadable (Is that really a word?!) pattern from Sewmag’s website. It would have been easy and fun to do had I not been still poorly after having the flu and I cut one side skirt panel out upside down (hence the title!). I tweaked the back a bit and experimented with hook and eye tape….I must have been doing it very wrong as I broke three needles sewing it in!

Material Notes

Nice cheap cotton from Ikea




Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    Oct 21, 2015, 05.17 PMby GDoll

    Hi, where can I download the pattern to this adorable dress please??

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    Jul 12, 2015, 05.08 PMby Skolastika Cynthia

    its really lovely, I have the pattern file, but I’m a bit confused as to how to print this. I tried to print it on custom scale 100% and actual size, but somehow they way it was printed still left a little space, like I was still supposed to cut it again to fit the pattern together perfectly. I’m really confused! I wish I could show you how my printer print it :/

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      Aug 24, 2015, 09.46 PMby Nancy Brandt

      Yes. You have to cut it out and tape the pieces together. That’s how PDF, print at home patterns all work.

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    Oct 28, 2014, 09.25 PMby tesseractcloth

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    Sep 11, 2014, 03.49 AMby Shamica West

    Is this dress pattern still available. I cannot find a download link.

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      Sep 12, 2014, 11.23 AMby Nickiejc

      I think I might have saved the file somewhere on my computer, I may be able to send it to you if I have. I shall have a poke around on the hard drive and if I am lucky I shall see if I can send it to you. I will get back to you via your “Wall” if you like. BTW, of all my projects, where are you all finding this one, it has so many hits…..is it all over Pinterest like a rash?!

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    Apr 8, 2013, 09.57 PMby Jane Roe

    Hi there. I’m desperate to find this pattern. Is it part of the Bette Collection? You did such a good job of it that I really want to make this dress. Thanks for your help.

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      Apr 10, 2013, 06.41 AMby Nickiejc

      Hi, Yes, it is from sewmag.co.uk. The Bette dress. The instructions are a bit confusingly written but the pattern is simple enough. I really enjoyed wearing this dress last summer and it was fun to make…if you forget the whole upside down side panel thing!!!

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    Aug 2, 2012, 09.39 PMby lelie

    thanks for the tip! I was looking for a basic bodice this is just what I need!

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    Mar 30, 2012, 05.33 PMby neveenkarnes

    love the print and style.

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    Mar 29, 2012, 02.04 AMby Testosterone

    That fabric NEEDS that pattern! Thank you for bringing the two together.

    Outstanding effort!

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      Mar 29, 2012, 06.29 AMby Nickiejc

      Trust me to pick needy fabric! Thank you…..I wish I had someone following me around all day saying “outstanding effort” whenever I completed a task, it would improve my life no end! :D

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    Mar 28, 2012, 05.15 PMby chillwear

    Love this dress and adore IKEA fabric, I buy it every chance I get. great inspiration!

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      Mar 28, 2012, 05.24 PMby Nickiejc

      Do you look at the website though, choose the one you love best and then suffer crushing disappointment when it is not available at your local store….I know that pain only too well!

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      Mar 28, 2012, 05.56 PMby chillwear

      I do look at the ikea website and most the time my local ikea has the fabric I’m hoping for :-). Oops meant to hit reply and hit the in Inappropriate button…sorry!

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    Mar 28, 2012, 08.40 AMby flowergirl22

    I am sure at some stage you must have been tempted to colour in those empty spaces?

    great -cute dress.

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      Mar 28, 2012, 11.17 AMby Nickiejc

      …and to put little faces at the windows!!!!

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    Mar 27, 2012, 10.02 PMby sophienissirios

    Very pretty dress. Great fabric and I really like the back of the dress :-)

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      Mar 28, 2012, 06.21 AMby Nickiejc

      Thank you, I am looking forward to wearing it this summer!

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    Mar 27, 2012, 07.08 PMby pauline alice

    This is a very nice dress, and such a fun fabric. By the way, I didn’t see the upside-down panel.

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      Mar 28, 2012, 06.12 AMby Nickiejc

      Thank you. Good….but it is there! The right hand side (facing) has houses with the roofs facing downwards!
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    Mar 27, 2012, 06.42 PMby TailorFairy

    Love ikea fabrics! Love the dress!

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      Mar 28, 2012, 06.17 AMby Nickiejc

      I love Ikea fabrics Also but the shop in Nantes never seems to have much of a range. I am going to Moscow soon so it will be interesting to see what they have…That is a bit culturally poor of me, isn’t it…I am sure St Basil’s basilica will be lovely too!

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    Mar 27, 2012, 05.49 PMby efh1687

    this fabric is great with this dress. i really like the hook and eye closure on the bodice!

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      Mar 28, 2012, 06.20 AMby Nickiejc

      Thank you….the hook and eye tape seemed like such a good idea but so many needles gave up their lives in the fitting of it!

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    Mar 27, 2012, 05.26 PMby suribabe

    Nice simple dress. I love Ikea fabrics.

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      Mar 28, 2012, 06.19 AMby Nickiejc

      Thank you. Me too, I think there should be a package holiday that just involves stop-overs at all the world’s ikea’s!
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