Hot! The “Much Needed Curves” Kitty Dress | Adey Lim

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The Facts

Fabric: 1 metre leopard print cotton jersey and 2 metres black poly fabric total $14 from Spotlight (VIP member special)
Pattern: Colette Pattern's Macaron
Year: c. 2010
Notions: Invisible zipper
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: November 2011
Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: ~$14

 

Adey is taking a break this week.

Yeah, she has chickened out of the pin-up challenge since she has neither the curves nor any knowledge of how to pose like a pin-up.  As her evil twin, I  a.k.a. Curvy Kitty rose to the occasion, shamelessly copying Zoe's dress idea and stitching up a leopard jersey/black poly macaron dress. I love that it is so different from Adey's usual versions (here and here). *Purr*

I stumbled upon this fabulous classic pin-up girl makeup tutorial on youtube by Dita Von Teese's makeup artist (The part I didn't understand was why he did this video as makeup idea for Halloween? *Hiss*) and followed the directions closely (oops forgot the drawn on mole). Trust me, Adey would have resisted, she hasn't had that much makeup applied on her face since her wedding 13 years ago. 

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Since the yoke was jersey, lazy me skipped the facings but secured them by stitching after turning in twice. The skirt was lengthened by 3.5 inches for a more pin-up look. And trust me, though I am her twin, I look a whole lot curvier than Adey when I am in this dress. *Purr*

The wonderful pleats at the hip and the contrasting sweetheart bodice created illusion of curves where they do not exist.  The midriff band, which was lengthened by 1 inch was positioned strategically at the narrowest part of the body and magically completes the transformation for Curvy 'pin-up' Kitty.

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Miss Kitty here prowled the internet and after shortlisting a few pin-up pose ideas, positioned the camera and clicked on the remote control for the photos this week. I must reluctantly admit that it wasn't so easy being a pin-up girl, it's quite a lot of hard work. The lying down with your face at the camera while doing legs lifts pose made me see grey stars for the first few seconds. And I wasn't even attempting the more challenging poses. *Growl*

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Mena was kind enough to offer all the girls help with applying the pin-up effect on the photos. But, the process sounded so fun that Miss Kitty got curious and had to give Picnik a try herself! Now, she is hooked! *Meow*

Author

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. That is, hands down, the best use of the Macaron pattern I have ever seen. Who knew that the Macaron could be sexy, grown up, and have a vintage vibe all at the same time?

  2. absolutely brilliant dress and hilarious write up!

  3. Love it! … and I never thought about lengthening the midriff piece – fantastic idea.
    :)Alana

  4. It’s beautiful, I’ve wanted to make a Macaron exactly like this forever, and now I love the idea even more. Great job :)

  5. This is the very first time I have loved this pattern (and I have seen quite a few). This really works. Super design and fabric choice. I have to admit, I was sceptical on this weeks Sewweekly pinup theme, but it is turning out to be classy, sweet, and one of the best! Great job to Mena and all the contributors.

  6. You ROCK that dress. Those pics are gorgeous. You really wear clothes well, but I am especially loving this one!

  7. Love it. Tres segzy!!!

  8. LOVE your version of the macaron!!! A seriously fabulous dress :)

  9. what a fabulous dress! I have had that pattern sat in my pattern pile for ages wondering if it was too cutesy for my style-but you have made it seriously sexy! well done!

  10. Love your write-up this week. Set me off on a fit of giggles! The dress turned out super cute too!

  11. Oh Miss Kitty, you’re a dream as a Pin Up! *purrrrr*
    Great combo, and now I need another trip to Colette’s online store! I’ve never seen a Macaron look so great!

  12. Your dress is SO cute, your pictures are gorgeous, and your write-up is hilarious! You did an amazing job! :-)

  13. I agree with Veronica…that Macaron looks AMAZING! Just love the fabrics you paired together….meeeeeeeee–ooooowwww! Love your pin-up photos too!

  14. Miss Kitty you are a hoot and this Macaron is to die for such a perfect fit. You make a stunning Pin-Up Miss Kitty.

  15. Aw, thanks so much Kazz, it was fun dolling up for this shoot :P

  16. Thank you so much Melissa, so glad you liked them:) Have a great weekend!

  17. Thanks babe, I think the macaron is my personal fave from Colette to date and you will look super fab in it!

  18. Thanks Robinsnc! Am so happy that you liked them!

  19. Thank you so much! And I can't wait to see your version!

  20. Thanks Meg! I'm loving the fit of this pattern all over again, am so glad I decided to give it another try:)

  21. Thanks so much Celeste, I'm loving thIs dress too:)

  22. Thank you so much Helen, I was seriously sceptical at first too and really cracked my head on what to sew this week:) Thanks for the encouraging words.

  23. Thank you Paunnet! Can't wait to see yours, go for it!

  24. Thanks p, glad you liked them:)

  25. Merci beaucoup Emma! You totally made my day:)

  26. Wowie! I always love the way you style yourself but this vintagey pin up vibe really suits you. I had to re-check the other macarons – what a difference, they are all gorgeous in a very ladylike way but you really should do the evil twin bit sometimes as you look brill.
    Love the way you wrote it too :)

  27. Thank you so much Francesca, glad you like it:)

  28. Stunning! Adey you look amazing – love this outfit!