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The Facts

Fabric: Blue floral cotton lawn from Chinatown US$10 for 2 metres
Pattern: Burdastyle’s Wiesn Dirndl sewing pattern ( and sleeves from Colette Pattern’s Macaron
Year: c. 2008
Notions: Lace, zipper and piping US$3.50
Time to complete: 8 hours
First worn: Not yet but very soon!
Wear again? Yes, for very casual occasions.

Total Cost: ~$13. 50

I fell in love with Grosgrain’s reinvention of the Wiesn Dirndl dress pattern from burdastyle last August and when this vintage inspired blue floral cotton lawn came into my life, I knew it would live the rest of its life as the dress Grosgrain inspired. Yes, I am such a fabric addict! I am very often fabric led rather than pattern led.

Grosgrain Summer at the countryhouse1

I love how Grosgrain’s “Summer in the country house” frock looked vintage and yet new. I heart the piping details on the front and back of the bodice. To me, this is the perfect casual dress.

For my version, I used a more subtle silver piping which ran down the front and back bodice.

Besides the blatant borrowing of Grosgrain’s lovely idea, I also borrowed the cute scallop sleeves from Colette Pattern’s Macaron dress as I thought the two went well together. Sleeves are a must for me as I have always felt more comfortable with them on. They are like my security blanket.

I just finished a blouse in Liberty tana lawn for my mum and in comparison, this cheap cotton lawn crinkles endlessly! It looked all right when I took the close up shots at home but by the time I reached the garden downstairs and set up the tripod, the crinkles started to set in. That is such a pity as the fabric print is really sweet. I made the skirt slightly longer and rounder but I didn’t sew on a tulle but simply added a sweet and simple ivory lace to the skirt’s hem.  I think this has to be the most girly dress I have made so far. If you are also keen to try this reinvention of the Wiesn Dirndl dress, instructions are available on burdastyle.

P1243269When I just started sewing I thought piping was the toughest thing to do but after I started learning how it worked, it really isn’t difficult so while sewing this dress, I decided to take some photos to document how I did them for this week’s Behind the Seams on my blog. It’s the easiest method I’ve thought of but if you know of an easier or more accurate way, please feel free to share with me.

Have a blessed weekend!



Adey Sew Convert

A former kids' television channel manager turned stay home mum from Singapore, I hated sewing since I attended my first home economic class at the age of 14. In 2007, something miraculous happened when God blessed me with a second pregnancy. I discovered that I was expecting a baby girl. That changed everything. First I went crazy shopping for handmade clothes for her on etsy. Then I decided I needed to make something for her on my own. I was a month from my due date when I took an intensive 8-hour sewing class. In Dec 2008, I made a dress for my princess before she was born and have not stopped sewing since.


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  1. Looks so sweet Adey! It’s totally girly, but totally fantastic! I’ve never tried piping before, I’ll go look at your notes on your blog!

  2. Every detail on that dress is insanely beautiful. Bravo!

  3. this is so very lovely!!! Great work!

  4. Wow! This is such a flattering dress and oh my gosh you did a great job on the piping!

  5. Oh, my. This is so cute! I love your silver piping and the ivory lace. Cute!

  6. LOVE this dress! The piping is FANTASTIC! So cute!!!

  7. Your dress is beautiful – my favourite this week. I love the detail. You have done an amazing job!

  8. Adorable, I love it. And the piping is a great little detail on that dress!

  9. As always . . . BEAUTIFUL!

  10. I love how you’ve done the buttons. The whole dress looks great, like you’ve stepped out of a Cath Kidston catalogue.

  11. This is beautiful! I love the piping and pretty buttons. What a great job! :)

  12. This is really nice. The details are so lovely!

  13. Thanks Veronica, I hope you find my notes useful:)

  14. Thank you everyone for the sweet and encouraging words!
    @Debbie: Oh my goodness, thank you so much for the compliment!

  15. Thanks so much for saying that. The fabric print did actually reminded me of Cath Kidston’s gorgeous designs like the one on a CK bag I sewed recently:)

  16. Beautiful fit and finishes. I’m not a floral fan, but this is just lovely.

  17. Beautiful, and I much prefer this to the Grosgrain original your inspiration, the piping is the perfect touch. Great job.

  18. Thank you! That’s a HUGE compliment!