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