Our “Halloween Surprise” Outfits | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Huge circle tablecloth, thrifted, $4
Pattern: Simplicity 4327, etsy, ~$7 (and this 3/4 skirt tutorial)
Notions: Bias binding, from the stash
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: October 2011
Wear again? Hmmm, if I can refit the bodice
Total Cost: ~$11
I’ve been totally HANGING out to share you this dress because there’s a total HALLOWEEN SURPRISE! We don’t celebrate Halloween at my house, although I’ve heard there are growing ‘Trick or Treating’ events for those Australians who have children. Because I had planned my Cambodian Bike Riding Adventure and didn’t want to skip a week of sewing, a few weeks back I got a bit stuck for ideas. What Halloween style costume would match my bike riding holiday? Not a lot of choices there, LOL!
And that’s when I booked my Cambodian holiday a little earlier… made a stopover in Singapore… and… do you recognise the photo location below perhaps?
HALLOWEEN SURPRISE! Fellow Sew Weekly gal Adey and I caught up in Singapore at the children’s park in Vivocity, Singapore! YAY!
Adey had SO many great ideas from the Spanish Harlem themed week, after discovering Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz De La Prada. You’ll see Adey’s post this week has some more fun designs, and well done for her sewing up two Halloween inspired dresses! I’d never heard of Agatha’s designs, but I loved her boldness after seeing these dresses:
And how cute is she? And like Adey mentioned, a little Alice in Wonderland in style!
Knowing how many thrifted tablecloths I have to choose from, we thought a tablecloth dress with accessories would be great! I wanted to make a giant fabric coffee cup but with working, packing and travelling, I totally ran out of time, but Adey saved the day and brought along some costumey accessories for our photo shoot! My fabric is a very large heavy cotton tablecloth, as after a weathercheck from Adey, I though cotton cotton cotton for the warmer climate of Singapore.
Simplicity 4327 view 2 didn’t take too long to make, but I wanted to make the red squares the focus, so was strategically placing the bodice pieces to make them kind of diamonds. I used the natural hem of the giant circle tablecloth, but only 3/4 of the circle following this awesome tutorial on making differnt kind of fullness skirts! Stitching it together, it seemed I’d placed the pattern pieces on the bias, so after a Mena Test, it slipped on no probs, but was massively too wide. I resized it a bit on the side seams so it was at least wearable, but I might need to attend to it before I wear it again… it has horizontal & two vertical boob darts, so lots of places to take it in.
Here’s us both being SUPER scary:
We had a lovely day out in Singapore, eating, shopping and visiting so many cheap fabric and notion stores in China Town! Whilst Adey doesn’t have the vintage shopping (or op shops in Australia!) in Singapore, she’s got the choice of SO many fabric stores and amazing amount of buttons, belt clasps and other sewing stuffs that are all really well priced!
So much fun!
One thing though: Singapore is HOT and it took me at least three days to get used to the humidity AND heat so my tablecloth dress was actually too hot to wear with the belt, and I couldn’t walk with my shoes as my feet all puffed up from the heat! Adey manages to look so cool and carefree in her photos, but now I know you can only really spend 5-10 minutes outside, take the photos really quick and then run back into the air conditioned restuarant, which was aptly just as crazy for us!
Thank you Adey! It was so lovely to meet you and I love your city! I will be back, and friends, you seriously need a stopover in China Town, Singapore to fill your bags!