Added Jun 16, 2010
Ithaca, New York...
Do you ever get a piece of fabric in the mail, and as soon as you take it out of the box you know you just have to sew something with it immediately? That’s how it was with this silk chiffon. As soon as I saw it, I couldn’t stop thinking about what to make with it. After much daydreaming, I settled on this dress.
The dress is inspired by the Jenny pattern, but I actually drafted the pattern myself (!). I was planning on changing the skirt anyway and I knew I would have to do a lot of modifications to the bodice, so I thought I might as well just make the whole thing on my own. This was my first time really drafting a pattern (as opposed to modifying a pattern, or just kind of winging it). I made a pattern for the bodice by just draping a piece of fabric over myself in the mirror, gathering it under the bust, and then drawing lines on the fabric for where the shoulder and side seams should be. I used that to draw a pattern piece out on paper, and then made a few modifications after making a muslin (the armholes came out much too small the first time). Then, I started sewing!
The skirt and underskirt are both cut on the bias, which was a big pain to sew because the pieces were all flimsy and hard to align. I had a few troubles with the neckline stretching out as well (you can see it’s more floppy on one side than the other). I think I probably need to learn some better techniques for working with chiffon and bias cuts to keep them from going all crazy during the sewing process.
But really, I shouldn’t complain too much because I am SO HAPPY with how this dress turned out. Have I mentioned how impossible it is to find a deep V dress that covers my boobs and doesn’t gape? It’s amazing how much difference it makes when you make something to fit your own shape! I’m going to try a shirt version of this soon in a lightweight cotton…. it should be much easier to sew!
Silk chiffon from Fabricmart and cotton batiste
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