Added Aug 8, 2011
San Diego, Calif...
Playful ruffles, airy chiffon, and a pretty print… a great combination for the perfect summer dress!
Last year, I made this dress to wear to the Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. It is a two month long event held every summer that showcases local art as well as includes an elaborate production of “Living Pictures.” It has become something I look forward to every year (this was my fifth year in a row!) and for the past three years I have made a dress specifically for the event.
This year I did not have much time to sew a dress so I decided to try a dress I had seen in the 7/2010 issue of Burda magazine. Two of my favorite things are ruffles and chiffon :) And if you have seen my other garments, I love prints! I stayed pretty true to the pattern except I used a solid, lightweight satin for the lining instead of the suggested two layers of chiffon (still too transparent even with three layers of chiffon). I also omitted the last layer of ruffle. It was beginning to look too long and overloaded with ruffles with the last layer… also a rule in design is odd numbers are more aesthetically pleasing than even numbers. Lastly, I neatly finished the edges of all the ruffles instead of fraying them like the magazine.
Working with chiffon, I did a lot of hand basting to start (something I picked up after taking a Tailoring class). In my opinion, basting by hand especially with something as slippery as chiffon gives me more control and a neater finish overall. The dress includes a piece of elastic at the top of the back bodice to help keep it in place.
It was a very cute and fun dress to wear! I got a lot of compliments at the event… actually, the most out of all three dresses! I can’t wait for next year and the next dress :)
You can read about the dress and see a few more photos on my blog entry.
chiffon, satin, invisible zipper, hook and eye, 1/4" elastic
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