The “Au Revoir” Dress | Adey Lim
Fabric: Navy blue burn out cotton from chinatown $17 for 2 metres (60 cm width!), poly lining $3
Patterns: Simplicity 2591 Threads Magazine Collection
Year: c. 2009
Notions: Red and white gingham bias tape, invisible zipper, lace applique $5
Time to complete: 6.5 hours
First worn: 16 May 2011
Wear again? Yes, absolutely!
Total Cost: ~$25
This is the week of the UK Sew Weekly meet up and I wished I was saying au revoir at the airport and zooming to London for the event! While I couldn't be there (I'd have loved to! You girls had so much fun!), the sewing pattern I've used for this week's challenge will soon be reaching Nottingham UK on a swap and return arrangement with a lovely lady named Natasha. So, instead I said au revoir to this darling pattern last Monday after cutting out the pieces. I decided that while I can't be in London, I wanted to dress myself up for this photo shoot as if I was attending the event, with a hat and vintage gloves just for the fun of it!
Prior to sewing this dress, I have only reused one dress pattern and that was Colette Pattern's macaron. This simplicity pattern is the second one I've used twice and both times for the Sew Weekly Challenge. It was used for the Giddy with Polka Dots dress which quickly became one of my favorite dresses to wear. In fact, the polka dotted version gets worn everytime it has been washed, ironed and placed in my wardrobe! Even before Natasha emailed me, I have been thinking of using this pattern again so I couldn't resist using it one more time before bidding it goodbye temporarily. Do you have any dress pattern you love so much that you keep going back to it? I think I might have found mine, finally! It's a joy to put together and the fit is just perfect.
Singaporeans are soon bidding goodbye to the Tanjong Pagar railway station, where these photos are taken. Completed in 1931, this feat of engineering was modelled after the grandest railways in Europe and since then it has served numerous trains bound for Malaysia and Thailand, including the renowned Eastern and Oriental Express. With its closure from 1 July 2011, the railway station will be moved to Woodlands, near the Singapore-Malaysian causeway. The main terminus building has been announced as a newest National Monument and to be redeveloped.
To be frank, I have not visited the train station for the past 20 years, my last train journey was to Kuala Lumpur for my cousin's wedding in my teenage years. But, I remembered being really excited about train journeys. Being on the plane made me most uncomfortable as a child due to motion sickness. Thank God the plane and I get along just fine now but I can never be on a cruise.
I chose a navy blue burnout fabric and handstitched a lace applique onto the front bodice piece before sewing the rest of the dress pieces together. I stayed true to view A of the sewing pattern but left the waist tab out for this version, preferring to make this simple and clean. In fact, you might be wondering what happened to the color red. Well, the only red on my dress is the red and white gingham bias I used to finish the hem.
The hidden pockets are still my fave bits of the dress design. This version took approximately one and a half hours more to sew as its skirt portion is lined and the lace applique handstitched to position. I love that the fabric is so wide! It took only 2 metres of it to make this dress! Yay! I am definitely gonna pay more attention on fabric width when buying fabrics.
Now I can't wait to see the vintage pattern dear Natasha is sending my way!
Au revoir, à bientôt.