Dupion silk dress

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I'm proud I managed to stick with it and finish it. I was a massive job and I only had an hour and a half sleep on the night before the wedding because I was working solidly through the night to complete it. I'm also very pleased that it fits like a glove, the open back is a perfect close fit and doesn't gape at all and that's due to the careful fitting of the muslin What advice would you give someone starting this project? Manage your time better than I did. It took much much longer than sewing something with standard techniques but it was a very enjoyable process. This dress needs extremely careful fitting so that the back doesn't gape. I did two muslins for the bodice because I made so many alterations to the first one I wanted to cut a second off it just to make sure that it was going to fit perfectly

What you will need

  • Teal dupion silk
  • silk organza underlining
  • silk crepe de chine lining

Q&A with LittlePink kiwi

Gayle678 asked:
I am looking at your beautiful dress. When you work with this fabric, did you put interfacing on all fabric before you cut the pattern? I tried to make a dress with a silky fabric and it was a disaster. I want to try again and I need the secret.
LittlePink kiwi answered:
I used the techniques in the Craftsy Couture Dress class taught by Susan Khalje. All the pieces are underlined with silk organza. I would recommend taking the class, I learned a lot and Susan is very helpful and answers questions if you're not sure about anything
goal 100 asked:
Beautiful dress! I am with you completely: This class has fed my sewing mojo to a depth I didn't think possible! I'm now addicted to sewing in this manner!
LittlePink kiwi answered:
Me too! Even when I don't use the hand sewing techniques I still use the toile to get a perfect fit and then cut the garment from it
Nazra Eastway asked:
What pattern did you use? Beautifully done!
LittlePink kiwi answered:
Hi Nazra, it's Vogue 1102 and I altered it to make it fit more closely.

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