I sharpened my scissors, I bought new needles I even used pins, I told my family not to bother me for a couple of hours because if this challenge went wrong mummy would probably be the subject of a new reality TV show ‘Mummies Gone Bad After Sewing with Silky Chiffon whilst listening to Kanye West & Jay-Z ‘

It’s safe to say the kids are okay, I’m okay and so is this weeks challenge. Phew! This fabric, (georgette) I bought a while ago $14.95 a metre and it ended up taking top spot over what I considered to be ‘the number one fabric’ in my stash. I had no idea what I had planned for her, I just loved the print. She has been draped over my dressmakers dummy for weeks I’ve been gazing with loving eyes at her trying to conjure up an idea, I wanted her to be happy with the outcome too.

I chose to pick something simple– pattern wise, and just leave the drape of the fabric to do it’s job and to be honest, play it safe. I think this is the first time I have sewn georgette fabric and I’m telling you she slid everywhere, and frayed, oh did she fray, but you knew that it would didn’t you?  it was like I was against the clock sewing it before it all disappeared into little thin hairs all over the floor. I have to say though, this fabric feels pretty amazing against the skin.

I chose to roll hem the sleeves and turn under the hem, I used a buttonhole stitch for the belt to push through which was nifty. With the neckline I put a light weight interfacing in and turned it under but ended up removing it after I top stitched it down around the neck, it was bulky and jutted through the fabric. Blah! I felt like the facing ruined it. She sits better now. I don’t think it’s technically right, I’m wearing it and I think it sits okay. This dress looks a lot better in real life.

What is this dress called? it’s not a kaftan is it? I want it to be more of a kimono than a kaftan, kaftan is such a daggy 70′s dress, I think it is a kaftan you know! damn. I’m going to call her the ‘Back for Seconds Dress’ that’s literally what I did, I was so wrapped with the way this turned out I went back for seconds…

Make this dress,

Here you go, if you like mine you can make one too. Just whip out that measuring tape and measure twice. Don’t cut the neck line too deep or wide you don’t want her falling off your shoulders, or do you?

watercolour close up

I went back to Spotlight and splurged on this awe-inspiring, stunning looking fabric, it is seriously the most amazing feeling fabric, silky chiffon; silky smooth. Isn’t the watercolour print beautiful? I feel a million dollars wrapped in this fabric. The simpliciy of the pattern suits the drape and print of the fabric beautifully.

No rolled hems for this fabric, no overlocking either, it was all about turning the hem over twice and machining slowly whilst holding the fabric taut. I really recommend using a 60/8 needle in your machine with a fine thread. The finish on this top/dress looks great I set my new fancy iron to silk and pressed all the seams down, Ironing is imperative, it just makes all the difference in the world to any sewn garment. After ironing her I was super charged, there was so much static I could of powered the whole of Melbourne town, a couple of squirts of anti-static spray turned out the lights and we were good to go.

I love this top, I feel all fancy in it. I think I’ll make a couple more for summer. Simple, quick, slimming and fancy. I like a bit of fancy thrown into the mix.

Happy Sewing, see you next week.

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my previous posts I really appreciate the love. xoxo


26 Responses to “The Back For Seconds Dress”

  • sylvi pell:

    Simply but Fab Kazza… think you should be a Model you do it sooo well darlin.. loved reading all about as ALWAYS.. keep on Stitchin.. Much love & big hugs to you ALL xxxxxxxxxxx

  • Esz:

    Wow that’s a really awesome way to use all those amazing silky soft fabrics. :-D I tried to make a top out of some georgette once – when I was still a total beginner. Talk about FAIL. I have since learned the power of basting and have ideas of making floaty 50′s numbers with sheer fabrics.
    One day.
    Anyways – You could make dozens of these! They look so simple and if you used different fabrics, and small variations on the pattern you’d NEVER get bored!! ;-)

  • Ohhhh pretties!! Me like a lot. How to make float fabric wearable – I am so stealing this idea. :-)

  • Inky:

    oh i love every thing about this!! thank you for sharing your pattern with us!!

  • Debi:

    Both of the fabrics are absolutely stunning!! I really LOVE how the arms drape…so lovely! Ok, this is going on my list of things to make! Fab job and they both look luxurious!

  • ally:

    ir better be “quick” and “easy” .. just saying

  • Kazz:

    Ally, It is easy but it all comes down to handling the fabric, pins lots of pins sweetie :P

  • Kazz:

    Thanks Debi, I love the arm drape too, oh please do make one I’d love to see her.

  • Kazz:

    You’re most welcome Inky.

  • Kazz:

    Make one Kat, it’s simple, just need to stabilise that slippery fabric arrr.

  • Kazz:

    Thanks Esz, baste away I say as long as you’re happy with the outcome I’d do anything it takes for it to turn out right. You’re so right about the different variations, I thought about rounding the sleeves which would of given a rippled effect when overlocked but was worried it might look a tad medievil YKWIM.

  • Kazz:

    Thanks Sylv, Model?? no no it’s not about me it’s about the clothes, I’m just a hanger he he xx

  • Jill:

    Oh, my eyes popped out of my head when I saw these-simply gorgeous! I especially LOVE the watercolor print!! I always thought these kinds of shirts/dresses were a little too beachy for my taste, but you styled them so well, it’s edgy, which I love.
    Thanks for the tutorial and the inspiration!

  • Oh my!! I love this design ^__^
    So simple and beautiful!

  • Debbie:

    Wow Kaz – I LOVE this dress – great pattern and fantastic fabrics. These dresses look great on you … fab photos too!!

    I think this may be just the project I’ve been looking for – I’ve been in the sewing “black hole” for a few months now – I can feel that sewing urge!!

  • The watercolour one is truly beautiful (so is the other – just the watercolour one is my fave)…

  • Crystal:

    Two amazing garments – just love both prints.

  • Kazz:

    Thanks heaps Crystal.

  • Kazz:

    Oh thank you wee lady from Norfolk, I think it’s my favourite too.

  • Kazz:

    Oh do it Debbie it’s easy and feels and looks great on… D O I T! he he

  • Kazz:

    Thank you Alice.

  • Kazz:

    Thank you Jill and you’re welcome, it’s really something I couldn’t imagine myself wearing but when I put them on I quickly changed my mind. Thanks for commenting Jill.

  • ally:

    its is quite clever yet a simple pattern when I stop and really look at it…( I go into panic mode first). I agree with Jill too the styling in the pictures takes it from beach side to sassy city side which I LOVE … will let u know when I make one xx

  • I Love how you took such a simple pattern, and make it into something beautiful. Both fabrics are very well suited to this kind of top, and really make the look.

  • Kazz:

    Thank you Rosesred, they are and I’ll be making some more, a perfect match.

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