don’t leave your keys at home

… instead, wear them all! mwahahaha!


self-made dress, Marimekko tights, Perlini’s Silver necklace & bracelet, ASOS cage shoes.

don’t worry, i haven’t lost my balls (yet),Β so of course i meant wear your keys in the form of something else. in my case, it’s in the form of my newest sewing project.

i was thinking i would love to sew myself a new dress that i could wear for work, preferably a simple one. i still haven’t learned how to sew fabrics with solid colours (= no prints/patterns), and i’ve always liked the shape of keys of all kinds. upon seeing this fabric, i immediately knew what pattern i was going to use for it.


i used the same pattern for this dress, from the Drape Drape book vol. 1, pattern no. 3 called Drop-Waist Gather Drape Dress. this time, i believe that making it in viscose jersey was the right choice.

the fabric was only about 120 cm wide, so i had to make the gathering on the waist a lot less than in the actual pattern. also, since i wanted to be able to wear the dress at work, i made the hem about 15 cm longer.keydress3

you may not be able to see it from these pics as my dress is so dark, but the charm of this dress is the fact that the whole dress is one continuous pattern, with only 1 joining seam at the back. there are no seams at the sides.


the first time i used this pattern, my biggest challenge was making the invisible zipper look straight. now since i made this in jersey, i omitted the whole zipper idea. and phew, fortunately i can get in and out of the dress perfectly fine, even though i made this dress using the size i used 2,5 years ago, when i was still a lot skinnier!


it was a quick project, which is a relief as it seems like i can’t concentrate on longer/more complicated sewing projects right now. i used my normal sewing machine for all of the seams except the center back one, for which i used the overlocker.


i’m really happy with the result, and i think i will be wearing it a lot of times over this fall & winter. i’m quite sure that when i do, i definitely won’t forget my keys at home. πŸ˜‰


10 thoughts on “don’t leave your keys at home

    • ugh, tell me about it… the first time i used this pattern i also needed to do a lot of adjustments (though according to the chart my size is exactly L) and nearly cried in frustration for not being able to set the zipper straight.

      you did a great job in the end, if you haven’t pointed out the fact about the neckline i wouldn’t have noticed it. and i always say to myself, as long as you can wear the end result then it’s not a failed project! πŸ™‚ hope you’ve worn your lovely dress many times afterwards!

    • i’m also surprised to see how i look skinny in these pics. but in reality i still weigh 8 kg more than i did 2,5 years ago, and my clothes are getting way too tight to put on. πŸ˜€ but thank you! you do know how to light up my day! πŸ˜‰

    • auuhh, jangan nangis ah, ntar aku jadi ikutan *loh?!* πŸ˜€
      makasih banyak! ini polanya gampang banget, jaitnya juga super cepet (bisa pake mesin jait biasa juga, ga perlu obras), i highly recommend it! πŸ™‚

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