“A Letter to St Patrick” Dress | Adey Lim
Fabric: 1 yard sage green linen rayon $5 (from etsy) and 2 yards chocolate mint polka dot cotton $9 (from chinatown)
Patterns: Simplicity 6327 (Used only the bodice, skirt is sewn without pattern, same skirt as my Blue Garden Frock)
Year: c. 1965
Notions: Buttons $0.10
Time to complete: 5 and a half hours
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? Absolutely!
Total Cost: ~$14.10
Dear St Patrick
As one Mister Murphy used to say "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong". That's exactly what happened this week as I was making a dress to celebrate your special day.
I'm really thankful that green is your color. It is my favorite color too. Until this challenge, I had no made-me dress in green so I thought we would both be pleased when this is done. The dress started off really well. The bodice and skirt were pretty easy to put together and I thought "yay! this dress is gonna be done in no time!"
But, alas! That evil seam ripper had to create a tiny hole on the super light sage fabric next to the invisible zipper sewn to the finished dress. The seam ripper felt so bad thereafter it has gone into hiding. Helpless without the assistance of the seam ripper, I spent sometime pondering over what to do. Should I start on another dress? I really adored the colors though and I hate to not finish a project. As a last resort, I devised the most desperate plan of cutting away the invisible zipper and the ripped portion of the fabric and replacing them with an interfaced panel of buttons and another with buttonholes.
I think it's far from perfect but the situation really pushed my creativity button and gave me an adrenalin high. I do love the end product, the lovely sage green and the chocolate mint polka dots. The dress comes with a cute cowl neckline too and a mix of cute green buttons down the back.
Were you happy to see me bring green polka dotted balloons to Emerald Hill in the dress? I think you were because as I was setting up the tripod you sent me a thirteen year-old helper who said to me, " Excuse me, do you need any help, I'm a scout from St Patrick's School and we are doing a fund raising. I smiled to myself. The young man said he knew how to operate a camera and helped me take three shots with my balloons before moving on.
At the end of the day, I am grateful that I have learnt to be more careful. More careful when using the seam ripper, more careful with balloons, more careful with every step :) I guess I have to be more tidy and place the seam ripper back to a fixed location. As of today, the seam ripper is still missing. Please let it know I'm no longer upset with it. And thank you for getting me out of the house to beautiful Emerald Hill for an interesting encounter on an unusual week!
P/S: So sorry that my blouse was so crinkled. The unforgiving linen has been under the seat belt.