Hot! The “Braving it Out” Dress | Adey Lim

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The Facts

Fabric: Grape colored doubleknit from the ‘unusable’ stash
Pattern: Vogue 2787 reprint
Year: 1948
Notions: none
Time to complete: 4.5 hours
First worn: Christmas Day at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
Wear again? Yes!

I knew I would be out of town this year end and needed a celebration dress that would go well with plans. Ideally, the dress would have to be crease-free, travel friendly and go well with whatever accessories I have for the trip as I tend to pack light. It would be even better if the garment can be dressed up or down. After getting my luggage packed, I quickly identified a pattern which even had a fabric that was bought specifically for it. However, there were some issues. Saltwaterremedydress4

Vogue 2787. A 1948 reprint. I adored the pattern but never had the guts to attempt it due to the ‘Advanced’ rating given to it. In fact, I almost didn’t purchase this pattern due to its rating. But, thank goodness for pattern sales as I gladly picked this up with a bundle of others. Turn out, this was one of the easiest patterns I’ve used. It had two important 40s design elements- gathers and topstitching.  When I bought this pattern, I knew I wanted to sew the dress in knit so I bought a size 10 pattern rather than my usual size 12 and it worked fabulously. The fit was already good when I was done but I took in the sides a little more to make it more figure hugging. Using knit also meant I didn’t have to work on the closures- side zipper and back buttons!

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The second issue. The fabric. This doubleknit fabric was cast aside after its first wash many moons back. It nearly dyed my bathtub pink and left pink stains on my nails for days! It was only when I watched a TV programme (yes, I learn lots from the goggle box too:)) that I learnt that soaking the fabric in salt water could minimize the color run that I gave it a try and salt saved the day!

I’m sure glad I made this gutsy attempt and gave this ‘Advanced’ pattern a try using a previously unusable fabric as I totally adored the assymetrical dress with a S-shaped curve, shoulder gathers and a curved gathered skirt which is slightly more poofy on one side. Dear hubby snapped this photo below while I was still dolling up in the bathroom and I love how the shoulder gathers looked.

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The great thing about celebrating Christmas in Hong Kong? The weather! It’s around 15 degrees celcius, felt absolutely fabulous and I was able to doll up the dress with some faux fur collar and leather gloves.

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I had a totally unforgettable Christmas and the fireworks’ still fresh in my mind.  With a totally unforgettable year of sewing weekly coming to a close, I have learnt so many things through sewing this year. I love the thrill of trying new things, using new fabrics, experimenting with color paint and even the chance of drafting a pattern from scratch. Sewing is such a wonderful ongoing adventure. I am so glad to have found this hobby I’m so passionate about and have definitely learnt to be more gutsy in the process.

Have you made your new year sewing resolution? Mine’s to continue honing my sewing skills and to make the inside of garments look as good as the outside. Easier said than done :)

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Have a blessed 2012 everyone!

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. Beautiful dress! I love how this one could be dressed up or dressed down very easily. Next time Vogue patterns are on sale locally, I am picking this up.

  2. Fantastic dress to end the year on. Thank you for all your effort throughout the year – the detail you put into your sewing has been inspiring.
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2012 – and hope to see more of your sewing throughout it!

  3. Splendid dress – it shows your masterful sewing skills. Accessories are so imaginative! Thank you for sharing your 2011 sewing journey. Best wishes to you & your family for a Happy New Year!

  4. Stunning! You’re right to be proud of it!

  5. Wow that dress is beautiful. I’m tempted by that pattern myself, even though I am not an “advanced” sewer.

  6. That dress is so beautiful on you, well done!

  7. that’s beautiful and i love the styling with the fur! i’ve seen this pattern a lot, but this is the first time i’ve wanted the dress. well done!

  8. excellent! I am totally filing the salt water trick for fabric. I love your dress and in knit!!!! I have always been afraid to try a knit fabric for a woven pattern. Might have to experiment. Well done indeed!

  9. Wow- totally gorgeous! I love the salt tip too- very useful.

  10. I love how you accessorized!

  11. Yay salt!
    That is quite the unforgettable dress! I love the curve on it.

  12. I love the vintage style lines on this one. Very nice dress to wear casually or more dressed up.

  13. I love/adore/covet this dress! The whole thing is gorgeous, its style, fabric, and fit. You’ve done an awesome job, way to go!

  14. um. you had me at hello! That dress is AMAZING! I have this pattern and it’s so great to see it made up and what a great idea to use a knit (no closures!!!) You look like you are having an amazing time at Disneyland!!! David and I are sending you and your family all our best wishes for a great holiday season and a wonderful New Year! It’s been so much fun getting to know you this year and I hope we can continue to keep in touch!!! xoxoxo

  15. OMG! Love it! So incredibly classy! Great work!

  16. This is a gorgeous design! And the color is fabulous!