Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Finished: The Dubai Dress





This lovely dress is currently making it's way across the country, headed from Michigan to California. I hope my cousin likes it, as it turned out to be such a lovely dress. Simplicity 2053 turned out to be a real winner, and I'd recommend it heartily to any sewer that is comfortable with pleats.

It took me a little longer than I anticipated, as the chiffon and silk are both challenging fabrics to work with, and my decision to use the solid silk as an underlining and treat the layers together as one. I didn't want all the side pleats to be visible through the chiffon, or the darts in the back, so this way all of that was hidden inside the dress. Basting the two layers together on all of the pattern pieces took some time, and I had to get creative about the facing of the neckline. Facing pieces are included in the pattern, but I wanted to make sure the facing really blended in (I hate when they peek out). I fused a very lightweight interfacing to the remaining fabric and was able to cut the facings from it. Bonding fusible interfacing to chiffon was pretty nerve-racking, but it came out great, and blended in perfectly! I used my serger to finish all the seams on the inside, as adding another layer of lining seemed like over-kill for a dress that's going to live in California!

When I get a picture of her in it, I'll be sure to share it here with all of you!



12 comments:

Kris C. said...

Beautiful job! She'd better love it!

Dilliander said...

What a stunning dress! You did a great job taming that tricky chiffon, I'm sure your cousin will be delighted.

Summer Flies said...

This worked out really beautifully. I bet your cousin will love it.

Dorothy DotDot said...

Beautiful dress and loving the fabric!

Diya said...

Looks lovely. I recently made a bridesmaid dress with the very same color as your underlining in satin. It was a tough time sewing with it :) - Diya TheHobbyHarbor

Jennifer C said...

Wow! It's beautiful

Nana said...

Oh MY!!!!Beautiful. You did an excellent job and I am sure that it is perfect for the California climate.

Cennetta said...

Your cousin is a lucky lady. The dress is gorgeous.
C

Vanessa said...

That is one gorgeous dress!! You did amazing work with challenging fabrics!

Lori said...

The dress is beautiful, fabulous job.

Bunny said...

Positively stunning, Kristine! It is garments like this that inspire me to sew. Thanks for the inspiration.

AllisonC said...

You are a stronger woman than me to be able to post this beautiful creation! It is really stunning.