The “Abandoned Hangar” Dress | Adey Lim
Fabric: Hugo Boss crinkle jacquard bronze/cream 3 yards from emmaonesock US$42 and bronze lining US$3
Patterns: Eva dress pattern 1939 evening gown (Reproduction of McCall's 9906)
Year: c. 1939
Notions: Invisible zipper US$0.50
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: 17 February 2011
Total Cost: ~$45.50
When I first saw the theme for this week's TSW Challenge, I was clueless and had no idea which movie to work on. I must admit I have only watched a few of the movies which won for costume designs at the Academy Awards. So, I went through some trailers on YouTube and eventually, I chose The Aviator which won best costume design for British costume designer Sandy Powell in 2005. Miss Powell also won the same award for Shakespeare in Love (1999), The Young Victoria (2010) and is nominated for The Tempest this year.
Off course, I didn't want to work on a film I've not even watched so hubby and I got the DVD of The Aviator recently and watched it together. The movie starred Leonardo DiCaprio as wealthy recluse Howard Hughes, a millionaire tycoon with an intense passion for aviation. While watching it, I was in awe of all the glamourous gowns won by Cate Blanchett who played Katherine Hepburn in the film. The color gold and mustard suited her skin tone perfectly. I thought the long gown from Eva dress' reproduction of the 1939 evening gown resembled the dress the character wore to a movie premiere (top and below) but instead of sewing a gown, which I have no occasion to wear, I decided to sew the short sleeve, shorter skirt version which is a lot more casual and wearable.
I had originally planned to have the photos taken at Singapore's first airport – The Kallang Airport- built in the 1930s and is now a heritage building. However, plans were thwarted when the security guard didn't allow hubby and I in due to renovations. Nonetheless, we managed these shots in the vicinity near what we thought were old hangars, old entrances and walls of the airport.
I absolutely love how flattering this dress is and the fit is perfect, I didn't need to make any changes to the original pattern. And while this is a less formal version of the dress, I still felt rather glamourous in it probably due to the cut and perhaps the bronze crinkle jacquard fabric.
I particularly liked the gathered front yoke and the scalloped sleeves. It's the first time I've worked with jacquard and it was fantastic, the fabric was really easy to handle compared to my last project.
With my retro sunglasses on, I felt that I've almost stepped back in time to the era of hollywood glamour. The color bronze is growing on me, definitely.
More photos and details of my photo shoot adventure on my blog, The Sew Convert.