Hot! Candy stripes & Scallop skirt | Adey Lim


IMG_0492 The Facts 

Fabric: 2 metres poly blend blue fabric from Spotlight $14 and 1.5 yards vintage rayon stripe fabric from etsy $6
Patterns: Blouse: Project 10 from Japanese sewing book 'Retrospective is Stylish', skirt: Vivat Veritas Scallop Waist Skirt (free pattern) and retro hairband with vintage belt buckle
Year: c. 1950s/2011
Notions: Invisible zipper, pink polka dot bias tape and 5 yellow heart-shaped buttons from stash
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: July 2011
Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: ~$20

Music is the universal language.  While I am only conversant in English and Mandarin, I grew up listening to music from different genres and cultures. In my pre-teens, I was hooked on Japanese pop music. By my teenage years, I was listening mostly to Olivia Newton-John and have watched the movies 'Grease' and 'Xanadu' at least a hundred times. Me and the era of video cassette recorder.

In college, I was into rock music from Queen, soul-rock from Daryl Hall and John Oates and pop from ABBA. These days, I listen mostly to Mandarin and Korean pop as well as English pop-jazz music (Michael Buble, Norah Jones). My sewing playlist consists mostly of Korean pop music on Youtube. Do you listen to music from other cultures too and what type of music gets you in the sewing mood?

For my album inspiration, I chose the 'Shy Boy' singles by Korean girls group Secret. It has a 1950s setting with the girls dressed in collared blouses and high waisted circle skirts and hairbands in hues of blue, yellow and pink. Too sweet!


Using these colors as inspiration, I chose a yellow, blue and pink stripe vintage rayon fabric from my stash for the blouse and a blue poly fabric for the slightly high waisted scallop waist skirt. Incidentally, both blouse and skirt patterns are from Japan. The former is from the Japanese sewing book 'Retrospective is Stylish' while the second is a free pattern from Chie of Vivat Veritas.

I wore the blouse and skirt out the entire day and love how flattering and feminine the combination is. This has to be my favorite skirt so far! I am in between sizes (10 and 12) for this skirt pattern and had to take a little off the waist from a size 12. I also lengthened the skirt by approximately 5" and topstitched the scallop waist.


The blouse comes with contrast facings, bias tape finished sleeves, front and back waist darts and front bust darts for shaping. I chose a size 11, added the seam allowances as recommended by the book and the fit is perfect! For contrast and to up the saccharine level, I used a pink and white polka dot bias for the sleeves. The fabric was positioned for a chevron finish on the font of the blouse with yellow heart shaped buttons.

IMG_0497The retro hairband is made from remnant of the stripe fabric, some thick elastic and a vintage belt buckle.

IMG_0494A day in my candy stripes and scallop skirt and I am just craving for some good old fashioned malted banana milkshake!


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. I love everything you create!
    Very creative and beautiful waistline!
    Love everything about this.

  2. judy roberson

    Adey.. as always, wonderful job.. I love that scalloped waistband on your skirt.. So pretty and looks great on you.. Happy Sewing.

  3. A*mazing!! Such a great outfit and it looks wonderful on you! I love when an outfit is ‘vintage’ and yet looks wonderfully modern as this one does. :^)

  4. Gah!! This is just darling! I adore both the blouse and the skirt. The blouse is just heavenly in the fabric and a perfect compliment to your coloring and hair! And the skirt is sweet! I adore it! Totally fabulous! xoxo, Sunni

  5. What a lovely outfit! I so love it and it looks adorable on you! :)

  6. margueritedesigns

    All the little details just make this!

  7. Such a lovely outfit! I’m still a bit intimidated by the thought of matching all those stripes but after the cute blue/white striped dress and this cute blouse I’m almost convinced to give it a try soon. Great work!!!

  8. Oh Adey, did you scream when that chevron/button matched up so well!
    It’s a gorgeous outfit!

  9. I love the whole outfit, but especially the blouse!! The shawl collar is divine.

  10. Adey, this is my favourite outfit I have seen on you I LOVE everything about it! It is just PERFECT! The cut on the blouse and skirt GASP!!!!

  11. Oh what fun! And the thoughtfulness of the details! I love the connection back to your record album cover! It’s very joyful!

  12. i don’t know why, i thought of a-go-go when i saw your ensemble. really cute!

  13. your attention to detail is outstanding! This looks fantastic!!

  14. I thought go go too! Such a sweet ensemble – nice work!

  15. Wow, I love that video so much! Thanks for sharing it. Now I want a raised-waist skirt… hmm, I wonder if I could pull it off.
    Sometimes I like foreign-language music better—you can’t be put off of a good song because of inane or objectionable lyrics. ;)

  16. That is such a pretty outfit. It’s so sweet.

  17. Love those colors!

  18. Your outfits keep getting better and better! So, so inspiring.

  19. Oh nuts, I tried commenting on your blog and the comment didn’t work! Well, basically I said I love this outfit and that skirt tutorial is a must for me! You can just tell the detail and thought you put into your outfits, even though you have a very short deadline to make them. And thanks for sharing new (to me) music videos! Always fun to learn what’s up in other parts of the world :)

  20. Love the outfit, but especially love the shoes. I have been searching for a pair just like that but in red. Where did you get them?

  21. this is SO MUCH FUN!

  22. LOVE this outfit so much! The fabric for the striped blouse is so cute and I love the scalloped skirt. And they both go amazingly with your shoes! Have a fabulous holiday!!

  23. Adey – this is lovely! I love the scalloped waist and the PERFECT stripe matching – way to go!

  24. Hi Jeri, thank you so much! I love those shoes and have them in red as well. Got them on ebay from this merchant
    Happy shopping!

  25. Thanks Debi! Can't wait to see more of your new place!

  26. Thanks so much for leaving comments at my blog and TSW, the scallop skirt pattern is just so easy and lovely so please do make one for yourself, it will look great on you.

  27. Aw, that's such a sweet and encouraging comment, thank you so much Jessica!

  28. Thank you Rae, am so thrilled you like them.

  29. Thank you so much for the sweet comment Jessie!

  30. Yay! am glad you enjoyed the music video! I seriously don't know anything you can't pull off, so I will say yay to the high waisted skirt.

  31. Thank you so much Cathe and i hope you have fun sewing the next challenge!

  32. Aw, thank you so much Kazz! Your black and white dress is truly inspirational!

  33. Thank you so much, I love the blouse collar too.

  34. In my mind I certainly went Oh Yeah! haha

  35. Thank you Christina, do give those stripes a try, it's pretty gratifying to match them.

  36. Thank you so much for the sweet comment!

  37. Thank you so much, I am thrilled you like the outfit!

  38. Thank you SO much Sunni, I am absolutely thrilled that you like the combo!

  39. Thank you so much PepperReed! You certainly made my day!

  40. Thank you Judy and happy sewing too!

  41. Thank you so much Angela!