“A new lease of life” easter dress | Adey Lim
Fabric: Vintage floral cotton from etsy seller who got it from an estate sale US$10 for 5 yards, I used only 3
Patterns: Burdastyle's Danielle (Free pdf download)
Year: c. 2009
Notions: Invisible zipper and one wooden flower button $0.50
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: 25 April 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~$6.50
I have always loved wearing hats, they complete an outfit and most of them offers some sort of UV protection. But, in a country where most people do not wear hats (with the exception of Japanese expatriate ladies), I only buy simple ones with not more than two colors and still I get stares whenever I wear them or get mistaken as a tourist. Most of my hats are made of straw or light weight fabric and recently I did acquire a vintage white floral hat from etsy but that didn't fit my head well to my disappointment. So, I have given up buying hats online and concluded that it is an accessory which needed to be tried on. For this week's challenge, I chose my only knitted hat, which is super comfy to wear and adorned it with two brooches, one in brown floral and another white floral with white feathers.
The thing I love about this knitted hat is that it doesn't flatten my hair a single bit unlike the rest of my collection so I have a choice of going with or without hat when it gets really hot and humid.
I didn't own any vintage fabric when I started participating in this challenge but after seeing all the fabulous vintage fabrics Mena and Veronica have used, I am so inspired to give them a try. So, this week, I am tremendously thrilled to use a vintage fabric to make my Easter dress. The kind lady who sold me the fabric emailed me to say how happy she was that the fabric is going to someone who would be using them and I am happy to say that the fabric has been transformed into a dress which will be enjoying many sunny days with me outdoors!
The design of the dress is inspired by similar dresses (top photo) I have seen on Modcloth but it was the secret garden dress (bottom photo) by the very talented Chie from Vivat Veritas which got me longing for one and in floral too! So the moment I saw this vintage brown floral fabric which matches my hat, I knew it was meant to be.
I use the burdastyle Danielle free pattern download, modified the original neckline, drafted the additional pieces for the new neckline and kept it sleeveless to achieve the look. I kept the pleated skirt and its original length as I liked it that way. Hubby and I went shopping and for a movie straight after this photo shoot and I must say I felt extra special wearing a dress made of precious vintage fabric!
The venue for my photoshoot this week is CHIJMES. The buildings, chapel and structures used to be my junior high school compound. My favorite place is the chapel and the amazing stainglass windows. Established by French nuns in 1854, the buildings have since been conserved and transformed into a commercial lifestyle destination after the school moved to its present location. The compound was declared a historical landmark, the chapel is now a venue for many happy and romantic weddings while the rest of the buildings are filled with restaurants and shops. Like the fabric used for my dress , my old school compound has been given a new lease of life.
Please excuse the crinkles on the dress, it went through a whole lot of love and hugs from my kids that morning :)