I have been fortunate to be selected as a designer for the 2017 Injalak Arts Get It On competition. Injalak is a non-profit Aboriginal-owned enterprise, with an Art Centre in Gunbalanya selling local Indigenous artworks and fabric prints. Get It On is a competition where competitors create wearable designs from the Injalak fabrics. The Ava Dress was my first design.
I have designed the Ava Dress to be flexible with sizing, having a drawstring closure at the back and a flowing skirt- to extend the duration of use for growing toddlers. I have also made a feature of exposed seams with narrow overlocked edges.
You will need an overlocker to achieve the look that the pattern was designed for. Most standard overlockers will have a “narrow overlock” or “rolled hem” ability- check your instructions to see how to set up your machine, and test on some scraps first.
I love bright bold prints for this pattern. The detail in the seams breaks up the larger prints nicely, and brings out the symmetry in the design. I have used African wax prints, and Injalak Arts prints. For an upcycled version, create from old sheets, table-clothes, or over-sized clothing.
For added interest, use a contrasting thread to finish the edges.
Advanced beginner. Easy to construct once you have your overlocker set up.
Estimated time to complete:
Sizes 00 – 4 6 months/68cm tall/6kg to 4 ½ years old/108cm tall
Non-stretch light-weight fabric (such as poplin, broadcloth, shirting, voile, drill) Small amount of cord or ribbon, maximum 50cm Matching thread for sewing machine Matching or contrasting thread for overlocker Overlocker required, set to “narrow overlock” or “rolled hem” settings
1cm (3/8 inch), included in pattern.
NOTE: This is not a final product. It is a digital pattern in PDF from, which will be available for printing immediately after purchase. It is formatted to print on A4 paper, but the margins are large enough that it will work in American letterhead size paper also- just make sure you print the test square page first.