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Use your illusion - stripe dress

Added Aug 14, 2010

by ninaribena

Canberra, Australia






I wanted to create a completely unique dress to wear to my brother’s wedding. The Ikea fabric (last picture) I had on hand really lead me to this design. The converging curve of the stripes was perfect for the skirt and I used the same on the bodice with all lines converging to the waist. Wow… what and illusion!

I based the cutting of the dress on the coffee date dress, but with alterations to make best use of the fabric: I swung the bust darts up into the neckline (and at the back too), I dropped the waist by approx 6cm (High waist makes my already plus bust look even bigger), and the skirt with less fullness, to follow the curve of the fabric.

So the result is a pretty striking look, a simple dress with wow fabric, and something I can dress up or down… and with Spring arriving soon in Australia, this one’s going to be fun!

Material Notes

Ikea Gunvor fabric (see last pic) cotton.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Evening Wear, Goth/Gothic Lolita, Mod, Other, Preppy

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    Apr 7, 2011, 03.10 AMby BrigetteForbes

    it looks fabulous!!

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    Aug 19, 2010, 03.27 AMby gregsgal

    This is absolutely fabulous! Love the stripes and how flattering it is.

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      Aug 20, 2010, 03.49 AMby ninaribena

      Thank you so much!

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    Aug 18, 2010, 10.37 PMby amandahaas

    OMG OMG, I love the stripes. i am so into stripes right now.

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      Aug 20, 2010, 03.49 AMby ninaribena

      I know, me too! I can’t be stopped!

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    Aug 18, 2010, 06.55 PMby whitewash

    This dress is great!! I have to ask- did you get the title from Arrested Development?? If so, double awesome :)

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      Aug 20, 2010, 03.48 AMby ninaribena

      Ha ha ha… yes named after the Guns N Roses albums – and because it sort-a makes sense for this dress (?) ! xx

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    Aug 17, 2010, 04.24 AMby littlecottondresses

    I had the idea of making similar dress using regular b/w striped fabric – this one looks a lot more interesting. Great job!

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      Aug 20, 2010, 03.50 AMby ninaribena

      Hey go for it! xx

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    Aug 16, 2010, 02.23 PMby easbrooke

    Wow! Beautiful!

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    Aug 16, 2010, 12.38 AMby Angela Ashley Chiew

    Genius! This is gorgeous.

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    Aug 15, 2010, 05.20 PMby cthuliz

    How smart and chic! Love it.

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    Aug 15, 2010, 03.08 PMby kelepso

    Beautiful ensemble. The back looks really cool.

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    Aug 15, 2010, 11.52 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    dont wear a belt! u cant see its amazingness! i love ikea fabric. so awesome!

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      Aug 20, 2010, 03.51 AMby ninaribena

      I know, belt.. no belt.. belt eeeep!

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    Aug 15, 2010, 04.56 AMby smallone

    this is just brilliant!!

    Would never have thought of using the fabric that way …it’s so so cleaver! Plus this is my fav coffee date to date ….I like the move of the bust darts. especially with this fabric…and the less full skirt is more elegant.

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      Aug 20, 2010, 03.52 AMby ninaribena

      Thank you so much. It’s so nice to have made something so unique! I love that it’s you’re fave! Cheers!

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    Aug 15, 2010, 03.43 AMby lizajane09

    This is great! What an awesome way to use that fabric.

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    Aug 15, 2010, 03.42 AMby marloncosta

    C-O-O-L is what I have to say! I love how simple, elegant and flattering this dress is. Great, great print.

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    Aug 15, 2010, 02.12 AMby ninaribena

    Thank you so much to all of you! xxx

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    Aug 14, 2010, 06.11 PMby pharmakon

    super flattering and just down right CUTE! work that waist girl, you look great. :)

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    Aug 14, 2010, 04.36 PMby cantare

    I just commented on Ophelia’s piano dress that black and white is always a pleasure, then I found this! You might be stealing attn from your brother’s bride ;)

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      Aug 15, 2010, 02.14 AMby ninaribena

      eeep… I hope not! The Piano dress is gorgeous, thank you for mentioning – I hadn’t seen it yet. xx

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    Aug 14, 2010, 03.52 PMby nattyjane

    This dress is gorgeous! I really like the back and how all the lines come in to the waistline.

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    Aug 14, 2010, 02.32 PMby red-lia

    Beautiful and clever! You look stunning in it.

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    Aug 14, 2010, 02.32 PMby red-lia

    Beautiful and clever! You look stunning in it.

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    Aug 14, 2010, 01.26 PMby Ophelia K

    The fabric must be happy to become such a gorgeous dress!! It’s stunning!

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    Aug 14, 2010, 04.22 AMby fmsarawlove

    I love the bold pattern in the fabric. Such a cool dress <3

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    Aug 14, 2010, 03.07 AMby Brianne Franklin

    This is amazingly flattering.

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      Aug 14, 2010, 11.19 AMby ninaribena

      Thank you so much! I love the way it accentuates my waist.

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    Aug 14, 2010, 02.55 AMby trumbelina

    This is a real WOW. So impressive.

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      Aug 14, 2010, 11.21 AMby ninaribena

      Awesome! Thank you.

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