Sunday, 4 October 2015

Adlib Fashion

One last shout out to summer before it all turns wool and fleece on here!

A last crucial bit of my Ibiza wardrobe was something to fit in with the island's own brand of "Adlib" fashion.  Adlib has its roots in Ibiza's hippie cutlture of the 60s and 70s and is still going strong today (I think read somewhere that it was coined by a Yugoslavian princess who visited there!)
It basically means white, lightweight, comfortable clothing with lace and embroidery.  Ibiza and Formentera even have their own fashion week and Fashion Board, devoted to Adlib clothing.  Cool, eh?

This Burda maxi dress 06/2010 fit the bill, and so I spent an evening tie dying a couple yards of cotton voile to really get into the spirit...
 This was the first time I tie dyed anything since I was about 10 years old and it was all, shall we say, very ad-lib... but if you want some proper inspiration and how-to, I just discovered Justine at Sew Country Sew Chic's amazing tie dyed jumpsuit which shows you how to make this pattern yourself (and line up the print, to boot!)

Well summer, it's been delightful.  Until next year, where are my wooly socks and mug of tea...

Happy sewing everyone x


  1. UGH I want everything you make!!! (I'm having deja vu. Did I leave the same exact comment on your last printed dress? Or did I save that post and quietly obsess over it? Sorry, can't talk now, I have to go obsess over this dress.)

    1. Ha ha... I am betting I said that to you!!

  2. I want everything you make too! And I really want to go to Ibiza someday! I went to Mallorca once when I was 19.Your dress is so perfect for the boho vibe of the islands. Thank you for the shout out. I'm flattered!

  3. You are the spirit of summer in this dress! Super impressed that you dyed it and then had the patience to do all that gathering, to gorgeous effect I might add. I had no idea about adlib fashion so thanks for enlightening me!

  4. Oh my goodness, I've finally turned to fall sewing but now you have me craving the warm sunshine... So beautiful! I love how effortless and chic this is. And you dyed the fabric? Even better!

  5. Ooh, What a Lovely blog you have! So beautiful clothes and pictures. I will be back! :)

  6. oh that is just gorgeous! I love the fabric. So summery and perfect.

  7. Oh my, this is stunning! What a gorgeous dress!!!!!

  8. Oh, your dress is absolutely gorgeous!! I LOVE that you tie-dyed the fabric yourself. It's so floaty and pretty swirling around you. I love everything about it :)

  9. Шикарные фотографии! И отличный пост)