Love Aesthetics

April 6, 2015


love aesthetics DIY dress

love aesthetics DIY clear dress 00

love aesthetics DIY clear dress 0

need :
/ scissors
/ sewing machine
/ shower curtain (I used one from IKEA)
images by me and Romeo 

Inspiration comes when least expected; finding wonderful frosted, supple, gridded material at the bathroom section in Ikea. The shower curtain (GRÖNSKA) became a graphic layering piece as an addition to my basic wardrobe. Surprisingly comfortable and wearable and oh yes, completely stain proof. You might have already caught a glimpse of me wearing it on Instagram last week when I was in sunny Hong Kong painting and working on a project. (stay tuned for more of that)


/ 1.
Fold the curtain and draw on the most basic of patterns: a simple straight dress. Remember that there is no stretch, there can’t be any pressure on the seams; so the fit needs to be straight and loose. If you don’t have experience drawing patterns, take an oversized tank top and trace it on the shower curtain.

/ 2.
Sew it together using stitches that are not too close together. On one side of the dress don’t sew all the way down, leaving a high slit. Besides the aesthetics of the slit, you need it to be able to move, walk and sit.

/ 3.
Cut a slit in the centre of the collar to be able to get your head through as seen on the third image.

* Although the initial folds from the packaging will disappear when you hang it on a hanger overnight, to keep it wrinkle free and beautiful for longer, keep it on a hanger or roll it up it instead of folding it.


  1. Fiona Alice says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Your creativity to come up with these amazing ideas is so inspiring!

  2. Nikki says:

    While I really love your exquisite vision and impeccable style and have been following your blog for years, I really wish you would stop glamorising plastic for what an unsustainable material it is and how bad it is for our planet. There are beautiful and completely safe materials to use with sheer and see through properties that won’t harm the environment. Zero waste is the way to go.
    Other than that, keep up the great contribution to the visual world.

  3. coco says:

    Hahaha een Ikea douche gordijn helemaal geweldig en vlekvrij zou ideaal zijn voor mij! Mijn witte kleding overleeft het avondeten nooit!

    Staat je geweldig en vind het fantastisch dat je in zulke ongebruikelijk producten toch weer een orgineel uniek ding kan bedenken!!!

  4. Albert says:

    Wow, this is the most beautiful DIY ideas I have ever seen.
    Great tips!
    Best, Albert | Palming Pebbles

  5. Sarah says:

    That is such a lovely idea. And it would be great if you got caught in the rain.

  6. ivaniacarpio says:

    Dear Nikki,
    Thank you for your kind words and on-point criticism. I am too very concerned about the environment and agree with you – so will defenitely put even more thought into material choice.

    Bringing ideas into reality and choosing material is always a dilemma, because sadly almost everything has impact on the environment 🙁 cotton wastes a lot of water and the dying process is very toxic, leather has a very dirty production process, synthetic fabrics are often petroleum based thus a form of plastic.. although leather is biodegradable and last longer. Most of the alternative products like bioplastics, bamboo or hemp fabrics aren’t available for us consumers. So until it is it;s important to buy less stuff to slow down production, look for high quality, take care of our things to make them last, reuse – I believe that DIY and finding new purposes for things, using resources around us is an important element of this state of mind.

    Thank you again Nikki for being so attentive.

  7. Ragnhild says:

    That’s genius! I’ve never thought of getting fabrics from IKEA before actually. Thank you for sharing this!

  8. Adeline says:

    I just love this dress, I can’t believe it was made from shower curtains ! :O It’s just awesomeeee <3

  9. Nikki says:

    Thank you for your honest answer, I agree with you, there is not an awful lot to choose from. I respect you for the mere fact that while you go for a very fashionable and stylish look, you make great use of second hand materials and hopefully teach at least some fashionistas who might normally buy everything new that re-using, re-purposing and thrifting is cool. For that, among other things, you deserve a big thank you.
    My all time favourite, tracing paper, would suit you beautifully…

  10. Oroma R. R. says:

    Ha! I can’t believe that’s a shower curtain. It looks good on you!

    / O.R.R.

  11. you always give birth to anything clever

  12. T says:

    Where did you get your hanger? It’s so pretty.

  13. Jay says:

    Absolutely amazing idea. A dress from a bathroom curtain material. Who would have guessed that it’s going to look so fabulous. Great job! I want more! 🙂

  14. Phi says:

    This outfit is beautiful! It is so creative! Who would think to make an outfit of a shower curtain? You are an amazing outfit creator!

  15. diego says:

    I love your pictures. This bright minimalist style is great. Can you explain us who you edit your pictures?


  16. Lara says:

    Love this! Where did you get the dress you wear underneath it?

  17. Marie Foged Jensen says:

    OMG!! I just LOVE this dress, it is so amazing simple and minimalistic. I have been to Ikea and bought the shower curtain. I have made the dress, but was wondering where where did you get the dress you have underneath? <3

  18. Post says:

    Where are the shoes from?

  19. Jo says:

    awesome idea! I really wanna try using shower curtains too now! maybe I should try making a cute raincoat for the rainy weather in Washington XD hahaha

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