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Glastonbury meets IKEA

2 June 2007, 12:49

Back when I got the pillowcases for the famous IKEA skirt, I also bought a Tanja shower curtain that caught my eye from across the store and was conveniently marked down to a fiver.

It’s stayed in my fabric stash ever since, just waiting for the perfect project, which presented itself in the form of this Burda WOF 60s dress from the May 2007 issue. It turned out to be the perfect fabric for this dress, considering that Glastonbury is coming up in a few weeks and I’ve been wanting something special to wear (and let’s face it, if the famous downpours happen again this year, this dress is ready for them!!), and because the pink piping matches my hot pink wellies perfectly.

I chose to line the bust portion with a white cotton bedsheet from our hotel linen stash, and I interlined the rest of the dress since the shower curtain is 100% poyester and I figured soft cotton would be nicer on the skin. I’ve never attempted pipng before, either inserting store-bought let alone making my own piping, so there was definitely a learning curve involved! I made my own piping with some string from the hardware store and bias strips cut from the pink jersey I used in the Pucci tunic. Curse Burda to make the very first seam on the entire dress a piped princess-line bust curve though!!

Since I ended up being at home sick this week, I had some extra down time to give the hem of this dress an extra special treatment. I had a bunch of wide white lace leftover from an eBay purchase that I sewed onto the right side bottom edge of the dress, then trimmed away the excess to reveal the scalloped edge, and then hand stitched the hem on the inside.

Overall, I am deliriously happy with the way this dress fits, moves, and looks. The IKEA shower curtain proved to be the perfect fabric to give this dress a bit of body without resorting to a crinoline, and the print is perfect for hot summery days (like today!). I’ll definitely be taking this to Glastonbury (a nice bonus is that it doesn’t wrinkle!!) and updating photos afterwards.

Interested in more of my Ikea hacks?

Ikea table runner into a skirt and bag

Ikea pillowcases into placemats

Ikea pillowcase into a skirt

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  1. I love it!! Looks great on you, too!

    — Mom    Jun 2, 01:40 PM    #
  2. Gorgeous dress that looks fab on you!

    Debbie Cook    Jun 2, 03:30 PM    #
  3. It’s fabulous! I’m going to have to start shopping the sheet and shower curtain isles from now on – that fabric is beautiful too.

    stacy    Jun 2, 03:35 PM    #
  4. Very nice dress. What a clever idea of the fabric.

    Linda L    Jun 3, 03:21 PM    #
  5. I love love love this dress! It looks amazing with the pink piping and the green goes with your hair!
    By coincidence I am just getting into sewing and am about to move on to a boat in London!
    I will be back for more inspiration!
    Thanks :)

    — Frances    Jul 22, 12:05 PM    #
  6. Holy Crap! That’s a shower curtain! It looks fantastic!

    Your a very good sewer (sew person?). Those lines across the stomach are perfect!

    Shonja    Jul 26, 07:06 AM    #
  7. this is oh so cute!

    barbie2be    Aug 24, 08:22 PM    #
  8. absolutely delightful! I too love “refashioning” items. Great job!

    Missy    Aug 24, 08:36 PM    #
  9. what a fabulous dress! It looks perfect and that ikea shower curtain is probably in HEAVEN! “This is what I was MEANT to be!”

    kristen    Aug 25, 07:23 PM    #
  10. That’s a great shower curtain, and works even better as a dress. I can’t help but think that you would sweat nastily in it, but you say it is perfect for hot days – so it must be alright.
    It looks really great.

    — standgale    Aug 27, 04:44 AM    #
  11. standgale – No, it’s not hot at all! It’s not like I’m wearing a plastic raincoat or anything – the fabric is polyester, but it’s got a cotton lining so I find it quite breathable. It’s only when rain beads on it that you’d know it’s made from a shower curtain at all.

    melissa    Aug 27, 07:27 PM    #
  12. IKEA is my favourite place in the world so how brilliant is it to see gorgeous fashion items coming straight out of the bathroom section!!!?
    You are a very clever lady… keep it up!

    — Donna    Aug 28, 01:34 PM    #
  13. beautiful! nice work.

    Jess    Aug 28, 01:36 PM    #
  14. Your work is inspiring! Great use of the fabric & loved the piping!

    sandy    Aug 28, 09:31 PM    #

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