Crazy print

When we go fabric shopping as a family, more often than not my kids will get completely overwhelmed by the selection and make less-than-satisfactory choices. An exception to this rule seems to be the fabric department at Ikea. Perhaps because their selection is rather limited compared to a full-service fabric store, my kids seem to be able to pick fabrics there that they will actually wear. Last year, I made 2 dresses for my kids from Ikea fabrics, and they have made it into frequent wardrobe rotation. So this year we went back to Ikea so they could pick fabrics for slightly larger dresses.

The photo above is the dress for my younger daughter. She picked a rather challenging super-large-scale print. It was difficult to place the motifs optimally, and I gave it a lot of thought. I ended up using a 6-gore full circle skirt, with basically one motif per gore. I was so proud of my cutting layout that I took a photo of it.

The bodice pattern for the dress came from the Japanese book Simple + 1. I’ve used this bodice pattern 3 times now in 3 different sizes. I drafted the skirt myself, if you can call drawing a big half circle and cutting it into 3 pie slices drafting.

The fabric is a stiff home-dec fabric (cotton, I think), which really works well in the full skirt. It really stands out from the body.

It has mismatched buttons down the front, as requested by the client. She asked for buttons in the front rather than a back zipper so she can get it on by herself. This gave me the opportunity to show off my pattern matching skills.

Front detail

more of the skirt

Back View

bodice lining

Part of my cutting layout. On the left are 3 gores of my 6-gore skirt. I cut in a single layer to take advantage of the print.

Here’s my gallery of Ikea fabric dresses:

One of last year's Ikea print dresses. Click on the pic for the blog post about it.

The other of last year's dresses. Click on the photo for more info on this dress.



  1. Posted February 25, 2012 at 7:50 am | Permalink | Reply

    Love those dresses, and that bunny dress is fantastic! I hope you’re holding onto them!

    • Posted February 25, 2012 at 9:16 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! I try to keep all the clothes that I make for my kids. I’m not very orangized about it though, so some might fall through the cracks to the donation box.

  2. Posted February 25, 2012 at 7:51 am | Permalink | Reply

    Love the pattern matching on the front. And the bunny just kills me!

  3. Brenda
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 8:17 am | Permalink | Reply

    What a delight!!!

  4. Posted February 25, 2012 at 9:55 am | Permalink | Reply

    They are really lovely, charming dresses. I love how you’ve used the prints.

  5. margaret
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink | Reply

    Just adorable

  6. Posted February 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a fun dress!

  7. Posted February 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    They are terrific dresses and I would have to lie down in a darkened room for quite some time should someone ask me to match that bunny/turtle print.

  8. Shams
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow, what an array of charming dresses! They kind of remind me of Oilily, a big favorite of mine.

    • Posted February 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! There used to be an Oilily store in the mall near me. I used to think, “Why would anyone pay so much for kids’ clothes?” Then I happened across an Oilily dress at a tag sale, bought it, and could not believe how beautifully made it was! I started buying the occasional item there for my kids. I miss it.

  9. Posted February 25, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

    These are fantastic! I love Ikea prints, they make such fun dresses

  10. Posted February 26, 2012 at 7:55 am | Permalink | Reply

    That’s such a fantastic bunny dress :o) I really love how it looks with the full skirt panels!

  11. Posted February 29, 2012 at 11:11 am | Permalink | Reply

    Right ON!!! Those look amazing.

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