The “Woolloomooloo Wharf” dress | Adey Lim
Fabric: Fuschia linen from Shanghai fabric market 2.5 metres $11.60
Pattern: Simplicity 3640
Year: c. 1940s
Notions: Invisible zipper from stash
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: 24 July 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~$11.60
My dress this week was inspired by Debi’s “Raspberry Sorbet” Dress. I don’t usually sew with solid colored fabrics but love the sweetness and simplicity in Debi’s version and decided to give it a try. As I only had a day and a half before the start of my vacation to sew this up in between last minute packing and my regular schedule, I had to pick a 40s pattern that looked doable fast!
In came Simplicity 3640, a 1940s pattern with shoulder yoke details, gathers at the bodice and a very clean simple front. The V-neck bodice is joint to the skirt at the lower waist with a V shaped seam.
As I didn’t have sufficient time to start on the belt, I decided to make the dress wearable on its own by adjusting the fit and was pleased with the outcome.
I ‘ve been to Sydney in winter but never did I experience continual rain for 2 and a half days. I was SO glad the sun finally decided to make its appearance and it was on my fourth day, just before our flight to Cairns, that I managed to get these photos taken outside our hotel. With everyone else on the road dressed in layers of dark colors, wearing this fuschia dress definitely brightened up my day! I think it brightened up the day of the hotel staff and the navy boys who walked by while hubby and I were taking photos at Harry’s as they asked if we wanted sailors in the photo. Off course!
These photos were taken at Woolloomooloo Wharf, one of the many places hubby and I love in Sydney as it’s just a short walk to the Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney Opera House, The Rocks and the legendary Harry’s Cafe de Wheels! While the curry tiger is often mentioned as a hot favorite, my vote goes to the Chili Beef Pie! Those pies tasted even better on a rainy winter day!
I took my self made echino scarf off for most of the photos so it doesn’t cover the v-neck and shoulder yoke details but left it on for the photo above as I do love the colors it adds to the dress and how the yellow of the border print matches my shoes.
Here’s a photo just outside the Blue Sydney where we stayed. The hotel used to be old docks storehouses for wheat and wool more than a century ago and I love that its architecture and design integrates some of the old features its original building.
It’s the first time I’ve sewn with a solid colored linen and frankly, I am not used to how crinkled it can be and how little effort it takes to produce a wave of wrinkling effect. In fact, the bottom of the skirt crinkles the moment I slip the dress on. That irritated me quite a bit but what I do love were the look of the fabric with its weave and how its reflected light in a subtly pretty way.