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Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals. I'm a recovering former vegan and vegetarian, now healing with a nutrient-dense mostly Paleo diet, and love at-home CrossFit and yoga workouts. I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

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Recycled silk ikat wrap skirt--Dress!

Wanted to share a project I did a while back, but just put the finishing touches on this week.
As you may know, I like to shop at the Goodwill Outlet, where I find all kinds of random things I didn't know I needed.  One of those things was a full-length silk ikat woven design wrap skirt, probably from an import store.  I looooved the fabric and the color, but never wear long, straight skirts, but for $1.39/lb, I bought it.
With so little fabric, my options for its new life were limited, but I didn't want to make it into another skirt.  I had enough for a straight dress, and wanted to do something that could be dressed up a little--I thought a strapless would work well.
I am kicking myself for not taking a "before" shot, but I bought this skirt and assembled most of the dress pre-blog, so there isn't one.  You know what a wrap skirt looks like, though, right?
I used this pattern for the pleated skirt, McCall's M5686, and sort of made up the bodice.
Here's how it turned out!
I love the ikat print and bright colors!  And it's silk, so it feels nice, too!

20 comments

  1. that is gorgeous! love the fabric, love the pattern you chose.

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  2. I love it! You are a great inspiration to me.

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  3. What a fab dress! Just found your blog, and am so enjoying it. Hoping you will inspire me to spot neglecting my poor Singer and the piles and piles of fabric and patterns I have laying around!

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  4. Your dress is fantastic, I love it!

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  5. Ooh, it's so fancy! I love how it turned out!
    silverrosesewing.blogspot.com

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  6. This just might be my favorite dress of your yet!

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  7. That is so beautiful! You are amazing! :)

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  8. AWESOME
    AWESOME
    AWESOME!!!!!

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  9. i think that's my favorite thing you've ever made!

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  10. I ditto Erin's comment, above. This is definitely my favourite transformation.

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  11. very cute! love the fabric...I would have bought that too!

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  12. OMG that is adorable! It fits you so well and the print is super flattering. LOVE!

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  13. It's beuatiful. And you look absolutely stunning in it!

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  14. Gorgeous! So jealous of your fabric!

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  15. NellNell8/06/2010

    Just found you blog in the Sew News August/September issue. That dress is just awesome. Hope you've already shown it off around town. TOOOOO CUTE!

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  16. That is really adorable! Great work :)

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  17. Anonymous8/07/2010

    wow. That is absolutely gorgeous. Great print, great fit. You're amazing.

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  18. love the print and color. great job!!

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  19. Anonymous8/12/2011

    Girl that is 'round the globe glamour

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