Hot! The “Giddy with Polka Dots” Dress | Adey Lim



The Facts

Fabric: Blue and white polka dots cotton fabric from Chinatown US$14.70 for 3 metres
Pattern: Simplicity 2591 Threads Magazine  Collection
Year: c. 2009
Notions: Red ric rac  and vintage buttons US$2
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: This week
Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: ~US$16.70

I was really excited when I heard the theme! There are just so many wonderful items on etsy that I want and this is a great opportunity to recreate one for myself! I have always been in awe of the vintage inspired dresses handmade by etsy seller MichelleTan and feel honored reworking one of her creations here. The dress I've chosen to imitate is actually SOLD OUT so there really is no better time than this to sew one for the challenge. Here's a photo of Michelle's Renee 1950s dress.

My version is slightly different as I used a red ric rac instead of ribbon or bias tape to embellish the hem and asymmetrical collar.

It also came with big pockets which I adored. The asymmetrical collar is self drafted and if you are interested I've taken some photos of how I created them on my blog.  I have always loved the red, white and blue color combination and this is the first dress I've made with such colors. 


This was also my first time working with a modern day Simplicity sewing pattern and it was a dream to work with as the instructions were crystal clear. I'm uncertain if this is the case with most Simplicity pattern or if it's due to this being part of the Threads Magazine Collection.

I also love how well thought out the design is and how the pockets are hidden behind the curve of the front piece. Here's the technical drawing which gives a better idea of how the dress is put together. 

I used a light weight interfacing for the collar as I didn't want it to be too stiff. But, on hindsight, I wished I have used a heavier interfacing for the collar as the one I used seemed a little too light.


I bought the polka dotted balloons which I chanced upon after my hair cut today and had originally planned to have the photographs taken in a field but we have been blessed with higher than usual rainfall due to the monsoon and I got stuck indoors once again.

We will be celebrating Lunar New Year this Thursday and Friday so blessings to everyone and I'll see you in the Year of the Rabbit!



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. Happy Lunar Near Year to you Adey!
    That is SO beautiful!

  2. I love this dress – red, white & blue are also favourites of mine. Well done!!

  3. I am in love with your creation. The pockets may be my favorite design element.
    I look forward to your posts every week and am so happy that I found your blog through The Sew Weekly. It’s really lit a fire under my creative behind!
    Happy Lunar New Year, Adey!

  4. So cute! I love what you’ve done with this dress, it looks adorable on you. :-)

  5. Lovely!! The polka dots are so cute and I love the red accents. Great job!

  6. Lovely dress! It’s a perfect imitation of the other dress…love that you drafted the collar! I also adore the front detailing of the buttons on the dress.
    Happy Lunar New Year, Adey!

  7. Ooh yes – very cute – especially with those Irregular Choice shoes!

  8. Once again you have made a really cute dress and I love the pockets. The shoes are perfect for this out fit, are they vintage?

  9. Love this dress! I never would have thought the pattern cover would have looked as cool as your dress!

  10. I have this pattern and had given up on it because the gathering fell weirdly in the front and back (terrible for ladies with a little belly/bum), but your version is SO CUTE. This inspires me to give it another try!

  11. I absolutely love that. One of my favorite looks so far.

  12. This is adorable – well done Adey!

  13. I have this pattern and I’ve been itching to make it! This may seal the deal :) I’ll definitely have to add the collar.
    Did you do any alterations to it? I have to “petitefy” everything usually but I’ve found some of the younger looking Simplicity patterns have a smaller and shorter back piece which is perfect for me.

  14. Thank you so much Lizz, I’m in turn motivated by your words!

  15. Thank you Sue, the shoes are from Irregular Choice, a UK shoe brand which I’m nuts about:)

  16. Thank you everyone for the encouraging words!
    @Lisette: I didn’t make any alterations for this dress, the pattern fit was perfect for me this time round:) Can’t wait to see your version!

  17. Go for it Karen! I actually thought the gathering in front helped conceal my lil belly a little but whenever I can’t tolerate gatherings, I convert them to pleats and that has worked for me so far. Have fun with this pattern!

  18. The collar and pockets were love at first sight for me. Everything about your dress is so charming! And I’ve got to check out that UK brand of shoes. I’m salivating over here! :-)

  19. gosh, this is gorgeous. love the colour combination, the pattern/style is great (definitely improved by the cute collar and the ric rac as opposed to ribbon), pockets are perfect, and to top it all off, it looks stunning on you! Simply fab, I love it

  20. SO cute! I love the color combination.

  21. This is a DARLING dress, I love it! Especially since you’ve combined polka dots AND rick-rack, two of my favourite things. Honestly, your version is much cuter than the ones on the pattern…Wonderfully done!