Hot! The “Abandoned Hangar” Dress | Adey Lim


The Facts


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

Wear again?Absolutely!

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.

P2183389Off 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.  

P2183392I 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.

P2173368More photos and details of my photo shoot adventure on my blog, The Sew Convert.


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. This is wonderful – your colour choice is first rate. definitely glamorous.

  2. Wow! that’s a fantastic pattern. So flattering. Love it!

  3. You look fantastic and the dress is gorgeous, such a flattering cut and lovely fabric.

  4. Thank you so much Charlottetilley! The sewing pattern is indeed fabulous:)

  5. The style of this dress suits you so well – you look gorgeous. Such a lovely pattern too.

  6. LOVE this! I’ve been contemplating this pattern for some time! You’ll have to enter the dress into the EvaDress competition!! I love the drape and the fabric is fabulous!!

  7. margueritedesigns

    Lovely colour and style.

  8. It’s just darling Adey! I can imagine it as a pants suit as well!!!

  9. Thank you so much Suzie! I heart this pattern to bits!

  10. Thanks so much Debi, I just might submit this just for a chance to win more fabulous patterns from Evadress :P it is really a fantastic pattern and pretty easy too!

  11. Thank you Margueriedesigns!

  12. Thanks Veronica and thanks so much for the great suggestion!

  13. Adey this dress is so beautiful. the patttern and fabric work well together – you really do the most amazing stuff!

  14. Great dress, Adey! I love it!

  15. Adey – I can’t say enough how much I love the details you put into your projects – this one is fantastic and so beautiful!

  16. It is a beautiful dress and you look great in it. Your husband takes good pictures too.

  17. Thank you for the encouraging words Debbie!

  18. Thank you so much Sarah! Cant wait to see your project this week!

  19. Thanks Sue! Sure beats the tripod:)

  20. So glamorous! I love it. Great work!

  21. I love this dress! The fit is spot on and the bodice is really beautiful. Those sunglasses finish the look!

  22. Gorgeous dress! The bodice gathers are so flattering. You look very pretty!