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Hooray for Hippos Dress

Added Jan 3, 2012

by CationDesigns

Los Angeles, Cal...






I’ve had this hippo fabric from IKEA for ages and finally did something with it after seeing all the animal print clothes lately at Anthro. The red and white colors, along with the fact that the hippo tails look like sparklers, made for a perfect Christmas dress. Okay, I’m a little odd to wear a hippo dress for Christmas, but it was so festive!

I used New Look 6723 as the basis for my dress (it is one of my favorite patterns as it fits me like a glove), only I added pintucks to the front. I also added a grosgrain ribbon waist stay (in green, for Christmas!), pockets in the side seams, and handpicked the zipper.

More details and photos here.

Material Notes

100% cotton




Garment Type

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    Jan 15, 2012, 08.25 AMby libbysharf

    Very Hipposter! Cute print and I love the red!!

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    Jan 5, 2012, 05.50 PMby zoepopi

    Hohoho! I’ve made countless clothings for my baby girl from this same fabric! I even have the green one! This is my favorite. Which reminds me, I haven’t posted anything yet :( But I love your dress!!! I never thought I could pull off something like this. Really looks good on you! I’m envious!! =D

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      Jan 5, 2012, 10.32 PMby CationDesigns

      Heh, yeah, my husband was dubious about my using kids’ fabric to make a grown-up dress! I think “pulling it off” is all about your attitude, though…you, too, can rock a hippo dress if you want to!

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    Jan 5, 2012, 05.03 PMby wildcatspow

    This is so cute! I love it! The hippos remind me of animal crackers!

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      Jan 5, 2012, 10.32 PMby CationDesigns

      Thank you! I know, I love how clueless and spacey they look!

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    Jan 5, 2012, 11.39 AMby Romanssi


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    Jan 4, 2012, 05.15 PMby TheSewingStudio

    So fun and cute!

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    Jan 4, 2012, 11.01 AMby miss-g

    Just adorable.

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    Jan 4, 2012, 10.28 AMby mccit

    awsome dress. looks great, and i love the hippos!

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    Jan 3, 2012, 10.23 PMby step-van-b

    ♥ one of the cutest dresses ever ♥
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    Jan 3, 2012, 10.12 PMby MusterSchnittchen


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    Jan 3, 2012, 09.52 PMby Priscilla Folley

    Fun indeed! I love the bright color. Nice pattern for the fabric. Great job!

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    Jan 3, 2012, 09.05 PMby anneecharri

    gorgeous and fun!

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    Jan 3, 2012, 08.43 PMby Jaja---

    I love this dress! It fits you perfectly!

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