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« on: March 23, 2008 09:33:41 AM »

My friend is the president of our school's FCCLA and she persuaded me to join. There's a conference every year that has competitions in a lot of areas, including fashion design. I wanted to come up with something really unique, since she said most people use solid colored fabric and generic looking patterns.

So I did my fabric shopping at IKEA.

Yeah, the Swedish furniture store. They have fabric downstairs, and they cut it for you and everything. It's probably meant for curtains and pillows and reupholstering chairs, but I thought they would make pretty sweet skirts. So I bought a yard of this bright, springy fabric and got to work!

I created the pattern myself, making the edges at the bottom circular and the tops rectangular. I have sketches if anyone's interested in seeing them. I put an extra seam in the back to make it flow a little more. I made a waistband with a pink knit, and I also put a zipper in the side. I made a bow out of sheer pink fabric. I really love this skirt and can't wait to wear it! The judges loved it too...they gave me a silver medal and kept telling me how interesting and creative it was to go fabric shopping at IKEA.

See how much I stand out compared to some of the other participants? Even though they all made BEAUTIFUL and amazing garments.

This is me on the runway: (we actually had to model...it was...weird.)

Here's the skirt and my silver medal!

I hope you like it! And if you want a tutorial, I'll be glad to scan my drawings and explain the pattern pieces a bit more!

As per request, here's my drawing!
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2008 09:36:42 AM »

It's so cute...I would wear that in a heartbeat!  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2008 09:43:49 AM »

That looks awesome! I love bold, happy skirts Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2008 09:56:37 AM »

That is so cute!! I love it!! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2008 11:29:29 AM »

the fabric is amazing!!!!!!!!!
i love it
i give you a gold medal for originality Wink

« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2008 12:06:11 PM »

I use a lot of ikea fabric in my clothing too, i love it Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2008 12:18:41 PM »

That's so cute!
I had no idea that IKEA had fabric either.
That's fantastic, I absolutely love the print and will be shopping there soon!
Great!  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2008 02:01:43 PM »

oooh!  i want it!  if only i could get to an ikea without a car...

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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2008 08:35:01 PM »

Yay for Ikea fabric!  I have found some awesome cotton and cotton/linen blends there for like $1 a yard!!!

I also found a pillow cover/case sort of thing that, with 1 cut and turn, a run of elastic and an stitching to enclose it, I created a cute skirt that fits my 18 petite butt!!  Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2008 11:12:33 PM »

Really great skirt!
Love the print!
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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2008 12:38:22 AM »

Great skirt.  I love IKEA fabric but so far have only used it on quilt backs.  I might be a bit braver now.

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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2008 09:16:20 AM »

Oh that's so cute! I haven't been to IKEA since summer so they must have gotten some new fabrics in! The style of the skirt is very cute and simple too, and the shiny bow is a nice touch.

Tomorrow I was supposed to go on a business trip to a city that has IKEA, but today my boss told me he's cancelling the trip.  Cry I was looking forward to stocking up on fabric since I've used it all since my last trip! Oh well I'll just admire your skirt!

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« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2008 02:06:22 PM »

That fabric is AWESOME!!!!
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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2008 08:34:19 PM »

soo pretty!  i really like the bow on the waist.  ikea is fantastic for fabrics, i've used stuff from there for my last 3 projects.  around where i live in  the UK its really hard to find fabric that isn't prohibitively expensive, especially for a novice like me, so ikea is pretty handy Smiley
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2008 08:45:59 PM »

love it! I've always been addicted to IKEA, but I've never figured out where to get their fabric. I'll have to have more o a search next time I'm there!

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« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2008 05:44:45 AM »

I love the skirt!!

From time to time, I go for Ikea and shop a few metres of the cheapest fabric to practise... I think is "bomull", a 100% cotton fabric.

When I last went to Ikea I saw that pretty fabric, the same of your skirt!! I almost bought it to make a dress for my daughter, but I wasn't brave enough and I'm happy about that as last weekend I went to a friend's house and she had the same fabric on her curtains!!!  Embarrassed
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« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2008 10:24:10 AM »

Ooh I couldn't believe it when I saw this cos I just posted an Ikea skirt too haha (called Sunny Day Skirt)!  I love their bright fabrics.  Your skirt looks really great and definitely stands out in the crowd!
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