Added Oct 11, 2009
Even though I haven’t sewed clothes for ages I decided to make my own dress for the Melbourne Cup (The horse race that “stops the nation” in Australia). I used turquoise silk dupion and lined it with silk lining in turquoise and I bought both fabrics on ebay. The pattern I used was Butterick 5324 Chetta B Dress.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out. A couple of hints if you want to use this pattern:
You need a good sewing machine that can sew through many layers of fabric. I used my mum’s new Bernina White Pearl (similar to the Activa 230).
The pattern measurements are quite true to the actual fit on the cover of the pattern.
I finished the silk lining with pinking shears but the silk dupion can be finished on a serger/overlocker.
You may need to adjust the tension of your sewing machine when sewing silk lining fabric.
I can’t wait till the Cup so I can wear the dress.
Turquoise silk dupion from ebay (tarasilk). Silk Habotai Lining from ebay (goodtakecare fabrics). Good quality light weight knit interfacing. 100% cotton thread to sew silk with – cheaper than silk thread and works better. I think this would be really nice done in a light cotton for less formal occasions.
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