The “Floraide” Frock | Adey Lim
Fabric: 3 yards of cotton blend ( I think) fabric from Spotlight US$20
Pattern: Colette Oolong
Year: c. 2009
Notions: Lace US$0.50
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: February 2011
Wear again? Definitely!
Total Cost: $20.50
My Spring Palette is very much influenced by the vibrancy I see in the things I love- fruits, nature and even vintage cars. Here's a collage of images that inspired me (photos mostly from etsy). My Spring colors: Aqua, Cantaloupe, Dragon fruit, Kiwi and also Pearl Barley which I used as a background. Yum!
The fabric I chose for this project is one which I have been saving for the right project, one which I couldn't bear to use. But, it's a great floral representation of what I want out of a Spring Palette. The fabulous thing is when I found out that we would be working on Colette Patterns this week, I knew the fabric has found its pattern in the Oolong.
With the burst of spring blooms on the fabric, I couldn't help but recall the beautiful flowers at an event I was priviledged enough to have visited as a university student back in Spring 1992. The 'Floriade'- an international exhibition of flowers and gardening, held every 10 years in the Netherlands. This dress surely brings back memories of the colorful and overwhelming array of flowers! Hence, the name.
I heart Colette Patterns! I've sewed two macaron dresses (here and here), a Lady Grey and can't wait to work on the Ceylon and Roobois patterns I have in my stash. And seriously, for dresses like these, one version is never enough!
The Oolong is a flattering V-neck dress with vertical ruched bodice and is entirely cut on the bias. Although it was considered an intermediate level project, I feel that with Colette Patterns' clear and detailed instruction booklet, it is quite the perfect dress for a beginner. The dress being cut on the bias meant that the cut fabrics felt stretchy, I almost felt as if I was working on an easy knit fabric! And best of all, there are no zippers or buttons required. It's a slip on dress! This makes the dress quite a gratifying sew! When was the last time I made a woven dress that didn't require an invisible zipper or button holes and looked this flattering? I honestly don't think I ever have! And I really do love a well conceived pattern where I can match all the seams and darts of the bodice and skirt without much difficulty.
I've learnt through previous projects using Colette Patterns that if I were to use the standard size 6, I would hardly need to make any fitting adjustments and likewise, it is true for the Oolong. Sewing this dress did require a little patience though. But it's the good kind that requires you to rest and wait. As the fabric was cut on the bias, I had to let it rest overnight after cutting and again when the dress is almost finished so that the skirt hem can stretch overnight before finishing it. To finish the look and add some variety, I added a simple lace at the sleeves. The lace design repeats itself for 5 rows. I overlapped three of the rows over the sleeves and two rows below it.
Some readers asked me previously how I finished my V-necks so I've posted some photos of the process for Behind the Seams this week. Have a blessed week!
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