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…
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?
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.