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.
Last year I brought in the fall fabrics from Cotton + Steel and among it was Whistles from Melody Miller’s Trinket collection and boy was that pretty! It is an unbleached cotton which gave it a rustic Japanese feel and although it was primed as a quilting cotton, it was surprisingly softer than I’ve imagine and great for garment making.
So I knew I wanted to make a dress out of this fabric and pondered for quite a while before deciding on the Betty Dress. I really really liked how Betty hangs on me and the entire silhouette – It’s feminine and classy.
The only modification I made for this version was:
1) Sizing the bodice down because the size tends to run quite big for me, and
2) I used my self-drafted circle skirt as I wanted it to fit exactly to my size and with a little less bulk at the waist.