A Graduation Dress

Tomorrow my daughter is graduating from her middle school. Her school organises a graduation ceremony with a dance for the students afterwards and everyone is expected to attend the celebration well-dressed for the occasion. After much searching, we finally found a dress appropriate for my daughter’s age that fits her well and that she likes.

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Adding straps. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The only change I had to make to the dress was to add wide straps as she does not feel comfortable in a strapless dress. Yesterday I took the time to hand sew the straps and add them onto the evening dress.

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Working on the straps. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The result is a dress that looks like it was designed with straps and a happy daughter who will feel comfortable for the entire evening.

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A Grad Dress. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Now we just have to finalise the shoes and accessories 🙂

What do you think of strapless dresses?

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(This post was inspired by Paula’s Black and White Sunday)




Call out the word “Simplicity” and the first thing that comes to my mind is sewing. Sewing? I am sure many of you are scratching your head in puzzlement. But those of you who are sewers will know what I am thinking of.

Simplicity is the name of a set of patterns I have used frequently when making my own clothing. I recall the first dress I made: a simple one with pockets sewn on the outside. I remember the large pink buttons down the front and the short sleeves. I was so proud when I had finished making it. Simple to make and simple to wear. Since then I have progressed with my sewing skills but Simplicity patterns still reside in my pattern box.

I enjoy wearing simple clothes with not too many frills and lace. Basic cut dresses, straight cut skirts (long or to the knees), well fitted trousers (with the waistband fitting snugly on my waist!), and easy to get into shirts and blouses. In these clothes I am able to get around quickly; and do not spend hours a day worrying about the way I look. The outfits I choose to wear are matched with the appropriate shoes: shoes that can walk long distances; that that do not hurt my feet; shoes that do not make my feet ache at the end of the day.

My favourite outfit of all time has been blue jeans and a t-shirt. To my mom’s horror, this was my uniform when I studied at university: I exchanged my black and red school uniform for blue faded denim and cotton t-shirts. I reverted to this go-to outfit when I was a stay-at-home mom. No thought went into my attire as I automatically reached for my trusty uniform. Wearing this, I was never concerned about the dirt that may transfer itself from sticky hands to me; or worry about what would be seen as I crawled on the floor with my little ones. Its hardy fabric lasted for years rendering it unnecessary to go frequent clothes shopping with two young ones in tow.

Now I am back to work, I still wear the simple as I mix and match what I have in my closet. After all, I still spend my day with young children!

What does the word “simplicity” bring to your mind?

(This post was inspired by Jake’s prompt: simplicity)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013