Added Sep 13, 2011
this took me longer than i thought to finish sewing, as i wanted it to look good. i mean, not only wearable, but actually look like it costs a lot. because this time i did a silk dress.
and not just a silk dress, but it’s a Laura Ashley printed silk dress :p
when i first bought the fabric, i was thinking of doing a cheongsam-style dress. but over the months that i was looking for the perfect pattern for the dress, i changed my plan…and decided to make use of the Pattern Magic book i got last year.
so i came up with this. for the top part, i used JJ’s bodice sloper, and tweaked it using the bamboo shoot technique from the Pattern Magic book. for the bottom part, i used Burda pattern no. 7577. you can see the bamboo shoot detail on the last pic.
to me now it looks more like a chinese tea party dress, or let’s say it’s a dim sum party dress, shall we? it has a silhouette of 1940s chinese dress, without the collars. and oh so much like Wong Kar Wai movies’ costumes, In The Mood For Love and 2046… <333
now if only someone would invite me to a party so i can wear this dress… (my problem is that i make cocktail party dresses too much and have nowhere to go to with them…sigh)
PS. for some weird reason, i can’t save the credits to this project, so here they are:
Pattern Magic book, vol. 1 English version
Burda pattern no. 7577
JJ’s Bodice Sloper (somehow it’s now gone from Burdastyle page?)
around 1,5m of printed silk fabric,
around 1m of satin bias tape for the armholes,
50cm invisible zipper.
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