I mentioned this dress a while back, but only recently did I get the chance to wear it again and take photos. My sister affectionately known as Fanny was once again my photog and lent me her sunny backyard.
This polyester chiffon has been sitting in my stash for over a year because I was terrified of it! I bought it when I first began sewing again, along with a complicated pattern, and then I realized I was getting a bit ahead of myself. I’m glad that I didn’t attempt to use it last year because I fear I would have been frustrated and given up.
Every time I looked at the red flowers I fell in love with this fabric, and so I dreamt of making a maxi skirt. Maddie’s post inspired me :)
However, my machine had recently given me so much trouble with baste stitching (jamming and breaking the thread a fraction of the way across a waist line) that I absolutely could not bring myself to attempt a gathered skirt with a waist band. So I made a casing and let elastic make the gathers for me. Unfortunately, this method does not make for an attractive skirt at the waist, plus I didn’t have a top to match, so I pulled it up to make a strapless dress. It’s really a giant moomoo of a dress, so I made a very long sash to rope in the waist line and tie around my neck, holding everything in place. It was a cinch to make, no pattern needed, and it was a delight to wear. I love how light and breezy chiffon feels! And it turns out, polyester chiffon is much easier to work with than slippery silk chiffon. So now I’m feeling much braver ;)
I’m not a big fan of strapless dresses, so I think this fabric will become a maxi skirt yet, once my machine and I reach an agreement. (or I get a new machine :D) I also have some matching red chiffon that might just be enough for a top, so this may not be the end of the story. …To be continued…???