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Ikat Swing Dress

Ikat Swing Dress

Twirly, summery, fusion-y, cool.

Just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of this adorable dress.

I seriously feel like jumping up and twirling around in this one, barefoot in the grass with the wind blowing through my hair.  All right, all right, I’m snapping out of it!

When I bought this fabric, I knew I wanted to do something fun and slightly different with the woven stripe pattern.  I also knew I wanted it to be girly and a piece that could work for summer and lead into fall.

I decided to split it down the middle and have the pattern line up with a vertical joint right down the center.  This also allowed for the extra swing factor instead of just an a-line silhouette or something with gathers at the waist.

Something was missing though - an accessory, maybe?

I took the same fabric and got a sash type belt made so ladies have the option to tighten it up at the waist or let it fall freely.

Then, a lightbulb moment!

I’m really into the dainty details - not a lot of people notice them, but the ones that do and point it out - best feeling.

So, I remembered I had a red and black gingham textile and thought let’s make an even thinner belt (almost like a rounded string), double the length (so it can be wrapped more than once) and throw some teeny bells at each end for that literal pop (jingle in this case!).  And, there’s your fusion touch - these mini ‘ghungroos' are used on a lot of Indian outfits, and I just love the delicate chime they make when they hit together!

There you have it - the cutest little swing dress I ever did see!

Andddd, just in case you think it’s a little on the short side - no worries!  Pair it with some leggings and flats or boots, and you’re good to go!

Note - A ‘transfer’ filter has been used on some of the photos; otherwise, no edits.  Also, this + similar styles in stock - get in touch for more details!

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