Candy stripes & Scallop skirt | Adey Lim
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.