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Silk chiffon maternity maxi gown

Added Jan 10, 2012

by squirrellypoo

London, United K...






I made this maxi-gown for my friend Holly out of the most luscious silk chiffon. It’s entirely lined in black silk satin (charmeuse), so it’s really lightweight and flowing and beautiful as it moves. She gave birth early, so it’s also good that the design isn’t obviously “maternity” and should work well for the next few months, too.

It was my first experience sewing silk chiffon, and I was expecting it to be a PITA, but it was surprisingly well behaved. The narrow hem edges on all five drape pieces took a while, but it took a crease nicely and didn’t shift which sewing. Even the invisible zipper in back was easy to install since I cut the Centre Back pieces on the selvedge to avoid fraying. I treated the lining and chiffon as one at the zipper (since the chiffon didn’t seem stable enough to support the zip on its own) and then completed the centre back seams separately further down.

See loads more photos plus more info about this dress over at!

Material Notes

Dark purple silk chiffon from Ditto Fabrics for this dress, and black silk satin (charmeuse) for the lining, which means it just flows and drapes like an ethereal dream.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic
Chiffon, Silk



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    Jan 12, 2012, 06.08 PMby mirela

    Gorgeous dress! I wanted to sew this for myself, Love the pattern, but I was afraid it can only be sewn in stretch fabrics. Thanks for posting, now the pattern is back on my list!

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      Jan 13, 2012, 11.15 AMby squirrellypoo

      Great to hear it! I think the suggested fabric in the magazine was silk georgette, which isn’t particularly stretchy – but because I’ve lined this with silk charmeuse, there’s no stretch at all and it works great – the back invisible zip gives ample access. :)

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    Jan 10, 2012, 04.00 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    that is soo elegant and stylish! i love this dress!

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