It’s a tradition that I sew something new for Chinese New Year every year and it was no exception this year. Instead of going with a form fitting Cheong Sam which I wanted to do so initially, I chose the Betty Dress from Sew Over it instead.
I am extremely pleased to share that I’ve kept to plan and sewed up the knit skirt and sleeved shift dress like what I have intended to. In-fact, I did more than what I’ve bargained for.
I managed to make time to sew amid a very busy 2 weeks at the end of October with us celebrating both Junior and my birthday. It was a very intimate birthday celebration this year and I am truly glad to be surrounded by family.
October is a busy month, with us travelling, celebrating birthdays and the many social engagements we have in store, I hardly will have anytime to sew. I’ve been wanting to get some new stuff sewn up, so with 2 weeks till the end of the month, I’m hoping I can squeeze out some time to sew!
While clearing out my closet recently, I realised that I didn’t have many things I could wear to weddings. I have a few formal dresses which I usually wears them to work for formal meetings or on days when I am required to dress up more, and I certainly wasn’t keen to wear them for weddings.
Last month when The Monthly Stitch held it’s annual Indie Patter Month challenge, I jumped on the opportunity to try a new pattern and also to have some fun. I have been quite conservative in using commercial and indie patterns and have preferred to draft my own for I was afraid of fitting issues. I supposed all I needed was some motivation to start my engine rolling. So, I decided to jump into the deep end to challenge myself this Indie Pattern Month.
One of the most flattering and comfortable things to wear besides pajamas is the Shift Dress. I think it hangs well on my body and I’m almost certain I’ll be happy pulling them on, on any given day. It’s one of those staples that I’ve identified through my wardrobe architect challenge that would be a main-stayer in my closet. It’s one of those dresses I can definitely count on, on groggy mornings as I stumble to get myself dressed.
2 years ago when we headed to London for our honeymoon, I knew I wanted to visit Sew Over It in Clapham. The place wasn’t difficult to find and I only wished I spent more time in the shop. There was no way I was going to leave the place without actually getting a little souvenir for memory sake. And that was when I picked up the Ultimate Shift Dress pattern.
This is by far the piece that requires most attention; especially that collar.