Hot! “Separates are more fun” outfit | Adey Lim


400px-Advance6394 The Facts

Fabric: Vintage floral broadcloth from etsy $6 for 3 yards and sky blue cotton 2.5 yards from $12, chiffon lining for skirt from scraps.

Pattern: Advance 6394 

Year: 1950s

Notions: 10 blue buttons, hook and eye and zipper from stash

Time to complete: 9 hours

First worn: 30 June 2011

Wear again? Yes, the joy of mixing and matching!

Total Cost: $18

Advance 6394 was my first choice for the summer dress theme. The 1950s pattern was for a halter top, skirt, shorts and jacket. The original plan was to join the halter top to the skirt to create the dress. However, after finishing the halter top, I liked it so much that I decided that the top and skirt have got to stay separated. The top just has so much potential. It can be worn with jeans, shorts or skirt. Being UFO intolerant, I am proud that it was the only one around.

The good thing about a UFO theme this week is I not only got to finish the skirt, I completed the pair of shorts from the pattern too. Sewing the outfit, I found the Advance pattern to have quite a bit of extra ease, I had to take in quite a bit at the sides of the halter top and adjust the waistbands for the skirt and shorts.  Their length were also shortened.


I waited three days for a sunny day as I wanted to ride a bike in this outfit but it rained and rained since I finished the project. It didn’t occur to me while I was happily sewing away that having these separates could actually complicate matters for photo taking as a changing room became a necessity. With these issues at hand, I decided to snap the photos at home. This way, I can have fun mixing and matching the separates!

The floral fabric is vintage, most likely from the 60s and I got 5 yards of it at $10 together with the fabric used for my Easter dress.  I was little surprised that the color turned out more vibrant after I washed the material. I guessed it has been layered with dust after all these years. I used a sky blue fabric for the pair of shorts and loved its front pockets, pleats and high waist.


In the close up photo below you can see something resembling piping running through the entire back section of the halter, only that it isn't piping. What I did was to cut the facing (the facing here is the reverse of the entire top halter piece) slightly bigger than the halter piece and after turning over I ironed the extra bit out and top stitched. I really like this little bit of contrast at the edge.


I took quite a long time to sew this outfit as there were altogether 10 buttons, 10 buttonholes and 10 darts to sew. That has got to be the most buttons and darts I have ever sewn in a project.  Besides the usual single pointed darts, this unprinted pattern also came with two rather irregular double pointed darts at the back of the shorts. I documented how I used pins to align the dots for sewing the darts on my blog for Behind the Seams this week. 

While the photo shoot can sometimes be my least favorite thing to do as part of a project, I totally enjoyed this week's shoot. Separates are just so much more fun to pose in!



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. That is a gorgeous outfit- I really love the effect of the contrasting facing too! It looks like it will be a lot of fun to wear :)

  2. The faux piping is a great idea – such lovely combination of colours. Great choice.

  3. margueritedesigns

    Love the shorts and dress combo.

  4. love love love!

  5. This is such a cheerful outfit. I’m still thinking about this being an unprinted pattern, so complex! I only have one unprinted pattern which I have been sitting on, perhaps more like hesitating on. You have certainly inspired me again!

  6. judy roberson

    I absolutely love this outfit..It looks adorable on you. Happy Sewing.

  7. Great mix and match. Beautiful work.

  8. I love the pieces separate and together.Great outfit!

  9. It’s great all round Adey! The material is beautiful, the contrast fabric in the shorts is gorgeously matched! Just gorgeous! xoxo

  10. I am in love with this outfil – the shorts are adorable and the print plus the blue looks amazing!

  11. Thank you Rachel! I love all the 1940s garments you made, absolutely adorable!

  12. Thank you Jen, have a great weekend!

  13. Thank you so much Marguerite!

  14. Thank you Suzie! I’m really encouraged and happy that you left me comments here and at my blog. Thank you!

  15. Thank you Cathe! I do find unprinted patterns slightly more challenging so I totally understand your position. But, I also feel a great sense of satisfaction completing them so they are totally worth working on :)

  16. Thank you so much Judy :)

  17. Thank you so much Kathy, the separates were fun to work on:)

  18. LOVE this style! halter, shorts and skirt??? my idea of a fabulous summer day :) This colour combo is so amazing…I really love how the light blue shorts bring out the blues in the halter top! Love how the shorts are high-waisted and I really love the pocket details! Love how we both did halters this week :)

  19. What a great outfit. Fun and flirty and/or casual.