I think I bought this silk about a year and a half ago, it's been staring at me from my stash ever since.
It's Liberty silk, and the print is called Sophie Jane Belgravia Silk Satin (this is a different colour to mine). Liberty Silk is pretty pricey fabric - £49.95 per metre, but I got this for £24.95 a metre from the Liberty website; which still isn't exactly cheap.
I'd ordered 1 metre with the plan to make a top, but got 1.25 metres. It's 134cm wide, and, with some Olympic standard pattern tetrising, I managed to squeeze a dress out of it! The front facing was cut from some black cotton lawn - but, come on, a dress from 125cm of a directional print?! Yey me!!
|The bodice back and back facing have a centre back seam.|
The reason it took so long to use this fabric was because I was frankly terrified of it! But, you know what, it wasn't that difficult to handle - I've worked with trickier vicoses. Here are the things I did to help make it easier to work with:
- Stablised the fabric with spray starch before cutting. I'm a big fan of spray starch for slippery fabrics, and use the Dylon spray starch that you can buy in Tescos.
- Used my walking foot on my machine. In fairness, I pretty much use this foot all the time.
- Used silk pins and triangle tailors chalk. I found the Clover roller chalk pen dragged a bit on the fabric.
- Used tissue paper under the fabric at the start of each seam. This helped to start of each row of stitching, and is easy to tear away.
The pattern is self-drafted, I've already made it here, and I used princess seams to shape the bodice instead of pleats. The bodice has self-fabric buttons to the waist, and it has an A-line skirt and side zip. I also added the capped sleeves from my Anna Sui dress.
One thing I had trouble with was how to overlock the seams. I ended up doing some seams as French seams, but wish I'd done as many as I could this way. I used a 3 thread stitch on my overlocker, but if anybody has any silk overlocking tips, please let me know. Thanks!!
I'm delighted with how this dress turned out, and I think I'll be able to were it in the autumn and winter with tights and boots.
Have a great weekend,