Hot! The dreamscape wrap dress | Adey Lim


Img_0206 The Facts

Fabric: Nani Iro fabric by Japanese designer Naomi Ito 2 yards from stash
Pattern: Burdastyle magazine 102/12/2010
Year: 2010
Notions: 2 huge snap buttons
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: August 2011
Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: ~ Approx $40

I have been drifting in and out of dreamland and it almost felt like I sewed the dress in a dream. It doesn’t take much time to complete as the dress is straight forward and can be completed very quickly but I finished it in 3 days. The flu bug and consumption of its drowsy ‘antidote’ meant I could only sew an hour a day before feeling too tired to carry on. I am still on medication and can’t wait to be energetic again.

Oh! How I L.O.V.E Nani Iro fabrics! Especially the double gauze! Gauze is a lightweight, soft, and open weave fabric that is usually quite sheer. It is perfect for Singapore’s humid climate. However, it can also be quite impractical because it is so sheer but the Japanese are genius enough to perfect double gauze fabrics which are literally two layers of gauze that are woven simultaneously. It is so comfortable and opaque enough for me to sew this dress without lining! And not to mention, Naomi Ito‘s fabric designs are exquisite, reminding me of dreamlike watercolor paintings.

This is definitely one of the oldest VIP fabrics in my stash, it didn’t come cheap so I only limited myself to 2 yards of it and have been waiting for the right dress pattern to come along.  Because the fabric is so precious, I decided that I will only use a tried and tested pattern on it. My choice was burdastyle magazine’s 102/12/2010 which I have used for the Never say never dress just before participating in The Sew Weekly Challenge. While this garment is not my favorite dress in the closet, it is one of those I wore very often. Ironic, I know, but I simply enjoy wearing the dress.

In terms of design, I adore the pleats on the front and back bodice and those heavily pleated sleeves.

I didn’t add the required seam allowance to the original pattern to get this fit as I was rather doubtful when I saw the sage dress on the model.  2 yards of fabrics, 3 hours of sewing and snap buttons for closure. It’s a pretty gratifying wrap dress pattern to sew and with pleats at all the right places too. I have rather broad shoulders and big arms but the pleated sleeves totally created the illusion that well they are just pleats.

As I only had 2 yards of the fabric which wasn’t as wide as the fabric used for the first dress, I used remnant fabric from last week’sWoolloomooloo Wharf dress for the back yoke.


Now that I have officially used up all my Nani iro fabrics (I’ve only owned one other piece which was made into a tunic), I think I have good reasons to stock up on more of these fabulous double gauze!



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. Beautiful! The Japanese sure know how to do fabulous fabrics – such a shame they are SO expensive. I’m now going to hunt down that dress pattern! Thanks, as always, for such wonderful inspiration.

  2. LOVELY dress! I have yet to sew with double guaze but I’ve heard how great it is! I love this burdastyle pattern (especially the sleeves) and may have to try it out for myself sometime soon!! I really love your pictures as well–such beautiful flowers!

  3. I love this material but the dress blows me away! I love a good wrap dress but those sleeves are beyond! <3

  4. I love the pleats too, and I have been thinking about making that dress, but how does the wrap behave? It looks a bit precarious, perhaps because of Burda’s photo!

  5. i’m sorry you’re not too well. get well soon!
    i love the sleeves and v-drape front on your dress. reminds me of korea inspired fashion, only yours is more precious and darh-ling!

  6. Adey, As always… beautiful.YOu did a great job..I love ,love the fabric. And your choice of pattern,was perfect.
    Sure hope your flu bug will be completely gone soon,and you will be feeling entergetic real soon.. Happy sewing.

  7. That IS lovely :) Both the fabric and the dress- it looks fabulous on you!

  8. The sleeves are amazing! I’m so charmed. I’m going to have to check out this pattern.

  9. Wow, Adey – I really really really didn’t like that dress when I saw it in the December issue, but you’ve made it into something exquisite! Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely have a go at this pattern now :)

  10. Lucky you that you have broad shoulders. Flaunt ’em. You probably don’t have a problem with straps falling down your shoulders keep them up. How would shoulder pads look on someone with broad shoulders? I’m just thinking aloud here…because I like wearing shoulder pads to enhance my petite shoulders. I don’t do it often, but I like the idea.

  11. That fabric and dress are gorgeous!

  12. Adey, it’s beautiful! Wonderful pattern/fabric pairing, and it looks like it’s a dream to wear, too.

  13. That is amazing fabric and I like what you’ve done with it. I had not particularly cared for that dress in the Burda, but it works so much better in a patterned fabric. Gotta love a TNT

  14. adey, this is exquisite. you’ve sold me on the double gauze– and i love that contrasting back yoke! i hope your flu bug is squashed and you’re sewing away :)

  15. I really love the last picture. You look like you are part of the tree in the beautiful dress. Burgandy is a lovely color and I like the flowers on the dress too. Great style in the dress pattern.

  16. A to the AMAZING Adey!

  17. Adey, this is a beautiful dress and lovely fabric! I hope you are feeling better!

  18. Thank you so much Cathe, I am feeling much better today.

  19. *blush* *blush* Thanks Kazz

  20. Thank you Sue, great to hear from you again!

  21. Am feeling much better Oona, thank you so much!  Double gauze are amazing, do give them a chance :)

  22. Thanks Kristin!  You sage green dress is lovely, it's in my fave shade of green!

  23. Thank you, am so thrilled you like the fabric and dress!

  24. LOL! You are right, I don't have a problem ever keeping straps on my shoulders. It's interesting you mentioned the shoulder pads cos I always skipped them even when a pattern mentioned them and never had a problem with fit so I guess nature has given me natural shoulder pads.

  25. Thank you so much for your sweet comment Sants! Do remember that I didn't add seam allowance so that made a difference to the fit in comparison to the magazine version. I hope you like how yours look, can't wait to see it!

  26. Thank you Lizzy B! Love the fabrics you bought from NY! Am so envious!

  27. Thank you so much Rachel!

  28. Thank you so much Judy!  I am so glad to be feeling better and can't wait to sew away!

  29. Thanks Fiona, am feeling better! You are right, I have seen similar sleeves on so many Korean dramas esp recently :)  Guess it is a very popular look there at the moment.

  30. Hi Batty, my wrap dresses behave really well but that might have something to do with my omission of seam allowance- which was a decision I made after looking at the gapping neckline on the burda photo.  I basically pinned the pattern pieces to a tight tee I was wearing and realized it fitted well before cutting the fabric cos I almost never do muslins.

  31. Thanks Amber, am thrilled you like those sleeves too!

  32. Thanks babe! Those sleeve are just amazing and the best part of the pattern! I think the wrap dress will look fabulous on you! Double gauze fabrics are just amazing, do give them a try!

  33. Thank you so much Debbie! Can't wait to see your version of the dress!

  34. Just beautiful Adey, the dress and the fabric! I love those sleeves! And the double gauze sounds like dream fabric!

  35. Thanks babe, the fabric was a dream to sew.