Added Feb 29, 2012
London, United K...
My trip to SIngapore last month coincided with the start of the Lunar New Year, so I decided to make a dress for the festivities. Red envelopes filled with money, known as red packets or ‘hong bao’, are often exchanged during the Chinese New Year, and red is generally considered a ‘lucky’ colour, so guess what colour my dress was?
The shiny, red brocade fabric came from eBay about six months ago – I think they started life in the 1960s destined to become curtains, but were left somewhere and forgotten about, until I got my hands on them.
The dress itself is fairly simple – a sleeveless, jewel necked bodice, with darts at midriff and bust, and a half-circle skirt on the bottom. I lined the bodice with some cream habutai silk – very luxurious, and very comfortable too, especially in the tropical heat. I also put in a lapped zipper in the centre back seam, using a vintage metal zipper from my stash.
Lastly, I finished the hem with some horsehair braid (following Gertie’s tutorial ) to give it some shape. That handsewing very nearly defeated me – I was frantically catchstitching just hours before my flight on Friday morning. I think it was worth it though – the hem certainly stands out nicely instead of hanging limply around my knees.
More on my blog
vintage satin brocade, vintage metal zipper, habutai silk, horsehair braid
Meg's Magazine Mash Up 2014
Check out Meg's finished Mash Up project of her denim suit and see how you can sew along!
Fashion & Trends
Dress like your favorite heroine from Disney's Frozen.
This web seminar will teach you tricks to sewing and cutting silk successfully!
Go far afield in wrap dresses, detailed jackets, and comfy separates for fall.
See one of the techniques you'll learn in November's Fabric Design course.
You must allow our "request for permission" request to login to Burdastyle with Facebook.