Chiffon Practice Dress
Added Feb 23, 2011
San Francisco, C...
I made this dress to practice some techniques that I’ve wanted to try. Unfortunately it doesn’t quite fit, and it came out too short! But, I learned a lot from working on this project. I’m definitely open to tips and advice if you are willing to share in the comments!
When people say chiffon is hard to work with, they aren’t kidding! I think chiffon and I will be taking a break from each other for a while…
This dress is based on the 5/2010 Dress with ruffle sleeve. I found the instructions hard to follow, so I just cut out the pieces and kinda winged it.
I tried french seams on the neckline and the waistline. This is my first project with a lining, and the first time I added a zipper. The zipper was actually not as difficult as I thought it would be – I think having a zipper foot helped quite a bit.
I got a narrow hem foot for Christmas, so I tried that out on the hem of the skirt. I thought it would do all the work for me, but you really have to hold the fabric perfectly, or the thread won’t catch right and you have to start over. I think a thicker fabric would’ve probably been easier.
I also got a ruffle foot, which was amazing and easy to use. I made some ruffle sleeves, but decided to just go without them. I’ll definitely be using that foot in a future project though!
chiffon, satin, lining fabric