Your First Sewing Project: Simple Silk Dress
Added Jul 28, 2010
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Carol Cho, BudaStyle’s PR maven, recently went to Sandra Betzina’s sewing retreat where she had tons of help from Sandra and Karen in making her very first dress based off of the Anda dress pattern.
Here’s what Carol had to say about this project:
“For my first sewing project I used silk in a camo color— much like splattered paint. Everyone thought it was a pretty brave of me to use silk, but I love natural fabrics and thought the pattern would look great in it!
I cut the pattern in a size 38 which was actually way too large for me so I took 2” off from each side seam and when it came time to sew, I made french seams down the sides. I actually made a mistake and placed the waist casing open on one side— but only after finding out that I needed to take it in, (phew) so I made an opening for the casing on both sides, although it would have been cute with the ends tying on just one side too…
I then found out that I didn’t like the shoulder coming down like the length of a t-shirt so Karen, an educator at Sandra Betzina’s sewing retreat, suggested I place the same casing as the waist on the shoulders. After I did that, and showed them the results of the pulled/scrunched shoulders, Sandra mentioned it might be nice to place a line down the center and loop the bias/tie I made myself to loop it though so both sides come out in one end. Brilliant!
I also wound the unfinished pieces at the end with thread. i think this is a Japanese technique to finish off.
I rolled the neck line hem as well. The right side was folded under and sewn at the neck— then I pulled the folded end inside and stitched in the ditch to create a cleaner line. There must be some kind of name to this right?
Everyone also suggested I make it shorter but I wanted to be able to wear it into fall and then take it up next summer. But in hindsight, this length doesn’t really look that great in flats… but hey! I made a dress!"
Recommended fabrics are silk, linen, viscose-rayons, and crepe fabrics. Notions: 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 yards (1.5 to 1.85 meters) of 1 1/4" (3 cm) trim or fabric for waist band. 20 to 26" (50 – 65 cm) of 3/4" (1 cm) wide elastic.
Amount of Fabric: 2 5/8 yards (2m 40cm)