Sunny Lily and Sewing Social in APAC

Please meet Lily! What a wonderful pattern to work with! Compared to the Pastille dress, which cost me three muslins and lots of nerves, I made only minor adjustments. While Pastille is sitting somewhere in my drawer waiting for a better day, working with Lily went flawlessly from the very first minute.

During my lunch break a friend/colleague of mine took some fancy pictures outside the office
Fabric: NaniIro red brushed cotton twill
Time spent: 8 hours (including 2 muslins)
Size: bodice 0, skirt 2
Cost: $20

Modifications to pattern
My long torso meant that I had to  lengthen the bodice by 9cm. Additionally, I needed a SBA (Small Bust Adjustment). The SBA for princess seam is an easy one. I followed the instructions from The Perfect Fit (ladies, it's classic!).


1. Find the fullest point of the bust on your bodice side front pattern (piece B in this case) and remove the unnecessary fullness. In my case, I removed 1cm.

2.  On the bodice front pattern (piece A), lap the pattern exactly the same amount you removed from the previous piece, matching more or less the fullest point on the center piece.


The dress turned out so well! Before this, I had drafted and made only one princess seam dress. But back then I was in the classroom and my teacher helped me a great deal.

My office is located just in front of the biggest art museum in Tokyo


Here's one of my creatures (in case you were wondering about the title of my blog). He (my camera case) does not have a name but he's got stylish hair
He likes hiding (⌒▽⌒)☆

My wardrobe does not include many close-fitting clothes. Since childhood, I suffered from an inferiority complex in regards to my body: tall, skinny, no boobs. I always looked like a stick and was secretly jealous of curvier girls. But let's face it: that's the body I was given and I should accept it. Last year, one of the fashion challenges which I set myself was to dress more feminine and less like a sack of potatoes. So when I saw Lily, I knew it was the pattern for me.

To have fun during our "photo shoot", we created this pose called "I-am-looking-for-an-American-millionaire-husband"!

P.S. If you live in APAC countries, join our the Social Sewing Twitter Chat. Organized by Tilly last month, the chat was a great success. On Sunday, she's running version  2.0 and I am helping coordinate in APAC.

When? 
Sunday 29th
India: 10.30am
SEA (Bangkok, Jakarta) :12.00am
Tokyo: 2.00pm
Sydney: 3.00pm
Auckland: 5.00pm.

Where? 
On Twitter using the hashtag #sewingsocial
You can find me on Twitter as @thewallinna

What shall we talk about?
  • How did you first learn to sew?
  • How do you continue to develop your skills? 
  • What do you think of IRL classes, online courses, videos, books. blogs, photos, diagrams...?
  • What puts people off learning to sew? 

Comments

  1. Eek!! This is so cute! I've been DYING to make a Lily dress, and yours is so perfect that I'm tempted to buy yet another pattern! Great job, you!

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  2. Your dress is just beautiful! For some reason the Lily pattern hasn't been as popular online as the Hazel... but I'm begining to think the Lily is much more flattering. I love princess seam dresses and shirts... it's so satisfying to be able to do a quick and easy bust adjustment! :)
    (I'm trying to control my jealousy that you are in Tokyo... I lived in Saitama until last summer, and man, I miss the fabric shops!)

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    1. Hazel has a very interesting bodice cut, hence the popularity (I think).
      Ohh the local fabric shops are breath-taking. Any plans to come back to Japan for a quick fabric shopping?

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    2. I would love to... but I'll have to save up for a few years yet!

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  3. I love this dress and I'm glad you showed others how to make an SBA. I feel like so many bloggers are concentrating on FBA'S! Can I get a hell yeah for all the small busted ladies!

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    1. Right! There is not that much information for the girls with small bust. But we too have our place under the starts :) and we need to SBA it!

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  4. Very nice dress! You look beautiful!

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  5. Love the dress and thanks for the info on the SBA, I need this too!
    Can't wait to join in your #sewingsocial!

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  6. WOW!WOW!WOW!
    Absolutely gorgeous! The red colour looks really good on you. You´ve to sew more close-fitting clothes. Everyone has an inferiority complex with his body, there is always somewhere you'd want to change.
    This style is perfect for your body! Looks great!

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    1. Oh yeah! We always want something we don't have! But we should be grateful for what we are and live happily with our bodies :) Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I'll make more close-fitting clothes :)

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  7. That looks so amazing on you!!! The fit is fantastic! I love how simple you've made the SBA look. I think I've avoided doing one (and therefore sewing up my Colette patterns) because I thought it would be hard.

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    1. The SBA is way easier than one thinks. More importantly - everything makes sense. Why won't you make your own Lily and share with us?

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  8. the fabric is gorgeous and it fits you like a glove!Congratulations!

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    1. Merci beaucoup ;) I love you Lily too!

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  9. Oh!!! This dress is SO BEAUTIFUL!!! Love it x

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  10. You look fantastic and so feminine. You have a great figure, enjoy your ability to wear so many styles and look great in them. You have done a great job on the fit too!

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  11. This is really stunning and I have to say, the first thing I thought was, "oh, she's so tall and thin!" See, I'm jealous of your figure ;)

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  12. I just found your blog, and had to leave a comment here - this is gorgeous! I was completely underwhelmed when this pattern first came out, but your version is just stunning, and I might buy the pattern afterall! Well done with the SBA - the fit is perfect on you. love it!

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    1. Thank you so much =) As with most patterns, the choice of the fabric can make such a big difference!

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  13. This is one of the most beautiful dresses I've ever seen. The fit is perfection and the style is so flattering on you. Your version has totally made me want to buy the pattern, fabulous job! x
    Oh yes, forgot to say, the fabric is to die for! x

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    1. Thank you, Jane! I really think many seamstresses underestimate this pattern. Go grab a Lily :)

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  14. I love both, fabric and dress. It looks great on you!

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  15. Inna, it´s a great dress. It fits you like a glove. And the pictures are lovely! Fanantastic

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  16. Thanks to the Coletterie blog I saw your blog. This dress is just absolutely fabulous on you - great color and perfect fit! I wish I could fit into a dress like that :)

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  17. Stunning! I have the same body as you (although slightly shorter), and like you, I've learned to just love my body the way it is.
    The dress looks fantastic on you and you did a great job.

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    1. It takes a while to feel good in your own body and appreciate it for what it is! LET'S LOVE OUR BODIES!

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  18. When I saw the photo on Coletterie, I wondered if you lived in Japan. How lucky you are! And the dress is amazing and you look great in it. And of course I'd love to be a LOT LESS CURVY, so enjoy your model-body!

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  19. Congrats on being featured on Coletterie! The dress is GORGEOUS and super flattering on you. I can't believe I hadn't come across your blog before!

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  20. Wonderful! I love it! I saw it on Coletterie, and living in Taiwan the thing that drew my first attention was actually not the dress, but the chinese (well, in this case japanese) characters... *s* And then I saw the name "Nano Iro", so now I just love this dress. It looks so good in this fabric (and I've never been a fan of this model before - but you changed me..) :)
    /Agneta

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    1. Nice meeting you, Agneta! Your blogs are so fun! We should organize an Asian meet-up :) I'd love to visit Taiwan!

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  21. Amazing dress... amazing figure!

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  22. This dress looks amazing on you. You should wear it proudly.

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  23. Thank you :)

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