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Fascination Silk & Playing with Transparence

Added Aug 6, 2013

by cris orange

Vienna, Austria






A nice friend brought me in april this silk from a China holiday – my first and only silk (at that time). I liked that pastel coulours, because I tend to grab bold colours and so I don´t have any pastels in my wardrobe – although I actually like them.

The pattern was quickly found: V1348 by Tom & Linda Platt.
But as I looked more exactly at the pattern, I discovered that it required 2,50m of fabric, and I had only 1,50m. Not enough, when I spreaded the fabric, I saw that in was only 1,10m wide, instead of the 1,50m wide common in Europe. Oh, that was fabric lack² :-)

But I was really happy about this, because this way I was forced to be creative and to mix more fabrics, what I normally don´t dare to do.

Planless I just started without really knowing how will I deal with this problem.
The pattern consists of exactly 2 pieces, that matched the width of the fabric in millimeter precision, but in the length they were much too short.
As easy the pattern for the fashion fabric is, as rich is the inner life of this dress: it has underlining, lining, facing, pockets and petticoat.
It is all made of silk, even the sewing thread.
Only the lace tape of the petticoat is of polyester (shame!) because I couldn´t find such a thing made of silk.

In order to prolongate the dress I decided to use white stripes and between them I put narrow organza stripes. With the petticoat underneath there are 2 organza layers that are just so sheer that they don´t reveal too much :-)
As a parallel to that stripes I also framed the neckline with a self made bias tape – my very first one, which unfortunately I didn´t managed very well.

Altogether I am rather satisfied with the result – it´s not perfect, but for my first experience with silk it is quite wearable. It appears to me that the biggest secret in sewing with silk is to always sew a stripe of tissue paper underneath the silk – thiy way everything stays smooth.

During the work on this dress I became more and more fascinated by SILK, and now I am completely obsessed by this wonderful fabric! My fabric collection enriched with some beautiful silks – so… to be continued :-)

Material Notes

Fashion Fabric: Silk Satin / Underlining: Silk Organza / Facing: Silk Twill / Lining: Silk Habotai / Stripes: Silk Charmeuse & Twill / Thread: Silk




Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic



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    Mar 10, 2014, 11.25 PMby slmnstyle

    This is so beautiful! I love what you’ve created out of the mix of materials and out of necessity due to lack of fabric! You have created something really beautiful and special. I plan to make up this pattern this summer also in a silk satin. I look forward to the construction of the dress and especially the petticoat! I hope it comes out as great as yours :) -Stephanie

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      Mar 11, 2014, 11.11 AMby cris orange

      thank you Stephanie! necessity is the best teacher indeed :-) the petticoat is not difficult. I tried to make french seams but it doesn´t work with this pattern. Also be careful with the places where the pleats begin, the seam tends to open there, it´s a good idea to put some interface underneath. I look forward to your dress and I´m sure it will be wonderful!

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    Aug 14, 2013, 07.18 PMby MandieW

    LOVE how you maximized the fabric, and all the layers are so pretty.

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      Aug 14, 2013, 08.00 PMby cris orange

      Oh yes, maximized is the right word for this :)

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    Aug 9, 2013, 03.28 AMby rita61


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    Aug 7, 2013, 09.12 AMby Echoey

    So pretty ! I wonder, when you write “advanced”, is it very difficult to sew ? And I wanted to ask you : the volume that hold the lower part of the dress, is it because of the pattern or because of the lining ?

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      Aug 7, 2013, 09.21 AMby cris orange

      difficult… this is relative. Anyway, it is not the easiest thing to sew, it has many details that requires precision and silk is also a very delicate fabric. The lower part is hold partly by the organza petticoat and partly by the horizontal organza stripes which add more stiffness.

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      Aug 10, 2013, 08.48 AMby Echoey

      Thanks !

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    Aug 7, 2013, 07.36 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wonderful! Gorgeous dress and suits you so well ;)

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    Aug 7, 2013, 04.16 AMby CelticButterfly

    Wow! Stunning!

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    Aug 6, 2013, 11.17 PMby liliv-1

    I like very much the positive, dynamic and creative way you handled your fabric lack! The dress would be anyway wonderfull, but now it is so much unique and pretty with the added stripes at the hem! I agree with Mary that the right word is classy!

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      Aug 7, 2013, 08.05 AMby cris orange

      oh liliv, I really hope this happens to me again, not having enough fabric. Because otherwise I would never have the courage to mix more fabrics, although I love dresses made of mixed fabrics. Thank you!

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    Aug 6, 2013, 10.55 PMby Mary Athey

    cris this is a stunning dress. i love everything about this. the fabric’s just beautiful and you have made up the shortage of fabric so well and created a fabulous dress. the photos are just lovely as well. pure class xx

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      Aug 7, 2013, 08.01 AMby cris orange

      thank you so much mary! “poverty makes you ingenious” a proverb says…

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