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Monday, July 23, 2012

Chiffon, Chiffon, Chiffon - Butterick 5644

I can't seem to get enough of this fabric.  Silk chiffon, poly-chiffon or any mixture there of.  Crinkly, ultra sheer, florals, geometrics, pastels, mixed colors, solids.....you name it and I will probably like it...if it's chiffon.  I like the way it drapes the body and feels to the skin and the fact that it is considered a luxury fabric but is very affordable (especially at JoAnn Fabrics as there is ALWAYS a selection on clearance) is an added benefit!

Oh so comfortable is this dress!

Imagine my delight when I found this piece on clearance.  Of course it was down to the end of the bolt.  I think I managed to get "end of bolt" price on about ten inches or so.  The colors are rich and deep and I love that about it!
Skirt front, back and bodice back are all cut on the fold of fabric

I imagined this fabric for the top shown as View D but the closer I got to starting the project, I realized that quite a bit of fabric would be wasted so the top quickly became a "not an option" project. 
Worked careful to get the placement of the print just right!

I really like the simplicity of the top and kept imagining it paired with the print of this fabric.  What to do....what to do?  Simple fix.  I decided to add about eight inches to the hemline of the top and make it a dress and it worked!

A little "Flower Power"
Initially I thought that I wanted to drop the elastic placement more towards the waist but decided to leave it as is.  The original bow was a bit too wide for my taste so I narrowed it.  Although the pattern calls for a partial lining, I omitted it and used French seams in the construction.  The front and back neck lines, armscyes and hem are all finished with rayon seam binding.  I applied the binding prior to construction so that they too would be enclosed in the French seam. 
Exposed!

Although it worked out pretty okay,  I ended up with two rows of stitching, side by side, on the inside of the garment which I am not crazy about.  It was an interesting learning process for me.  The elastic in the waist is encased in a 5/8 " seam with a serged finish.
What I wore to church today - (minus the jacket that kept me warm during the service)

I highly recommend this pattern - even as a dress.  It is very easy and straight forward.  I hope to someday get to make an actual top (probably a different version) but in the meantime I plan on enjoying this dress.  God Bless!

C-YA!


30 comments:

  1. You look abbsolutely fabulous. Really like that fabric. Did I say EYECATCHING. You must have been so delighted when you seen that fabric.

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  2. You look beautiful! Love, love this print on you!

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  3. What a beautiful piece of fabric, and I think you paired it well with this pattern!
    I love it as a dress. And,I love that you made the bow narrow. French seems sounds perfect. You wear it well and I'm lov'n the hair!

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    1. Thanks Alethia, I appreciate your comments!

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  4. Beautiful.beautiful.. I love this dress. You did a great job on the layout..
    The choice of fabric really looks pretty on you too.. Happy sewing and God bless.

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  5. Gorgeous fabric! You look wonderful!

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  6. Love the dress, and the fabric is awesome.

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  7. I love it and the fabric. Don't you just love those JoAnn's sales!

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    1. Thanks Jackie! I DO love those JoAnn sales!

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  8. Beautiful dress and love the vibrant blue in it.

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    1. Thanks Sheila! The blue IS quite vibrant...wasn't sure if it came through in these pic.

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  9. You exude elegance, grace, and style! I adore this captivating dress on you. :-)

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  10. It is a fabulous print for a great dress!

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  11. I love this and I also love chiffon! As usual you wear your creations with such flair :)

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  12. Lovely Sunday go to meeting dress. You look stylish, cool and comfortable.

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  13. Hope the last few weeks of your vacation are marvelous!

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