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Love Love Ikat dress

Added Jan 11, 2010

by sibeli

Copenhagen, Denmark






Ikat! I just fell in love with that fabric, so to do it justice I thought I needed to put some extra effort into making a dress out of it.
I didn’t use a pattern for it. I used a web tutorial on how to draft a basic bodice block instead. I don’t know why I haven’t done this sooner, because now I finally have a bodice block that fits my odd proportions more or less perfectly!!
So I used the bodice block and for the back I simply made some cut-outs…et voil :-)
The skirt is just a rectangular with two rows of elastic fastened to the bodice. The straps in the back are buttoned with some lovely square wooden buttons.

Material Notes

Ikat fabric, lining, buttons, elastic




Garment Type

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    May 21, 2012, 06.22 AMby laracrj

    I love this fabric and the make makes the dress absolutely gorgeous! I love that it’s open, but you could possibly still get away with a bra as the strap is in the middle!

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    Sep 2, 2010, 05.38 AMby pumpkinpatches

    very cool, the back is so well done

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    Jul 16, 2010, 07.10 AMby neeshhaa

    i LOVE the back of this dress. makes a simple dress not so simple :)

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    Apr 25, 2010, 09.57 PMby thehouseofhearts

    I love what you have done with this dress! I have had something similar in mind for a while but never really knew how to go about doing it. I am going to do like you create a basic bodice block. Amazing work by the way, I can see why you fell in love with the fabric.

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    Apr 17, 2010, 09.45 AMby laurii

    lovely! the back is really beautiful and I like the fabric too:)

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    Jan 14, 2010, 02.59 PMby captainkitsch

    I adore this, the back is so unique and beautiful!

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    Jan 13, 2010, 07.59 PMby saxsilverain

    that’s one awesome dress!! i absolutely love it. well done! :)

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    Jan 13, 2010, 06.58 AMby sibeli

    So sorry I forgot to add the link to the tutorial… I found it on www.esewingworkshop.com. They have lots of video (completely fool-proof :-) tutorials on that site. You need to buy a subscription however, which costs about 20 USD a month. I found it well worth the money though as I have no experience with drafting and watching a video is a lot easier for me than reading a description. and thanks for your nice comments :-)

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    Jan 13, 2010, 06.18 AMby jwick5

    I back is really great. I am a fan of ikat.

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    Jan 13, 2010, 06.03 AMby ranjani

    Very nice. I like this style alot. And it looks good on you!

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    Jan 13, 2010, 03.33 AMby brandymccoy

    love it, so pretty:)

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    Jan 12, 2010, 09.31 PMby stephaniemorgan

    utterly lovely

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    Jan 12, 2010, 08.11 PMby Olivia Anne

    love the back!

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    Jan 12, 2010, 06.40 AMby gdac

    WOW!!! Double WOW!!! Where did you find the web tutorial?

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    Jan 12, 2010, 06.16 AMby sarsaparilla

    Wonderful :) Reminds me a bit of Maryy’s black dress…

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    Jan 12, 2010, 12.37 AMby vintagesweet

    The back it so pretty. It looks great.

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    Jan 11, 2010, 06.21 PMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    wow, another great creation. lovely back detail. i could wear that dress all summer!!!

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    Jan 11, 2010, 06.20 PMby hannahjunee

    where did you find that bodice tutorial?

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    Jan 11, 2010, 06.01 PMby hthax

    I absolutely love this!

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    Jan 11, 2010, 03.15 PMby ashchaser

    I love this so much (even if I have no idea what the front looks like)! I found a very vintage pattern that I have been wanting to do for my clothing course soon and this has really inspired me to go crazy and redesign the back panel like this. Thanks!

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    Jan 11, 2010, 03.12 PMby manati

    I Like it a lot. The ruffle in the waist is my favorite.

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    Jan 11, 2010, 03.07 PMby just-fee

    wow, lovely! Great way to really show off the fabric!

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    Jan 11, 2010, 03.07 PMby cquinn13

    the back is great! love it.

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