Sunday, April 20, 2008

Burda - 03-2008-115 - Pleated Dress

So I haven't traced, cut, pre-washed, or anything but I'm excited about my next project and just wanted to share. I am working with a polyester silky fabric. Would it be called a charmeuse? I'm very new to this type of slick fabric so this project will be challenging for me. I am being wild and am not going to make a muslin first. I am a crazy woman. Someone stop me.

I love this color combination.
Here it is closer so you can see detail.
Step one is to trace the pattern. I am out of paper so I will have to trace tomorrow or the next day. After that, it will be a couple days of sewing. I know to use an extra sharp small-gauge needle. Do I try to starch it to make it less slippery? Any other tips for working with something like this? I eventually want to make something in the One Fabric -Silk contest but want to work with this type of fabric first. I would like to do some flow-y top using silk charmeuse.
Wish me luck!

8 comments:

Adrienne said...

Good luck!!! That is a cute dress and gorgeous fabric!

Keely said...

Beautiful fabric. The colours are lovely. I'm looking forward to seeing it made into the dress.

Paula said...

Dawn, for the love of fabric, woman, make a muslin first!!

Seriously, this is going to be really cute and are you absolutely sure you don't want to make a muslin?

Karen said...

Dawn, I'm about 3/4 of the way done this dress. MAKE A MUSLIN. I did not, and I cut into my Liberty cotton. THIS DRESS RUNS SMALL. MAKE A MUSLIN. Thankfully the dress does fit, it's just a bit more Marilyn-Monroe-wiggle-dress than I expected.

Love your fabric choice.

Dawn said...

Okay, fiiiiiiinnnnne. I'll make a muslin. I like this fabric enough, even though it is cheap, to make a quilter's cotton muslin. It won't hang well but it will help me with fit. sigh Karen, Paula: you are ruining my life. Well, okay, maybe not, you're probably saving my butt.

Vicki said...

Good luck! Lovely fabric.

Kat said...

Lovely fabric! I would definitely use some spray starch on the wrong side to "beef it up". And lay it on paper instead of a smooth work surface when cutting. In fact, what I would probably do is pin the pieces, then cut a rectangle or whatever around them and transfer the pattern pieces individually to my rotary mat and use my rotary cutter to cut each piece.

Kat said...

Almost forgot--I would add to the seam allowance to make them 1" for fit insurance. I don't always do a muslin but do add to the seam allowances when cutting out, just in case.