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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sewing Sunday: Silk Slip Dress

Last week I posted about four fabrics that I couldn't make up my mind on what to make with them.  
I realized that if I made the floral silk fabric into a slip dress, I could make a flowy cropped top with the blue polka dot fabric that could be worn over top of the dress.  That way I could still mix the two prints together.
 I copied the pattern from my favourite slip dress, but changed the back of the dress to be a racerback style.  Next I cut out the fabric.  This was the first time in a very long time that I've made something that is cut on the bias, so I was a little nervous about how it would turn out.
 I carefully laid out the pattern pieces, and cut them as accurate as I could to ensure that I had the grain line perfect.
Next I sewed together the side seams, and then pinned the dress (only at the top) onto my dress form to let it hang overnight (an important step in making sure the side seams hang properly with bias cut garments) before I serged the seams and completed the dress.
 I finished the top edges of the dress by sewing on a bias binding strip.
I wish I had finished this dress while it was still summer time, but I think it will look beautiful in the Fall paired with burgundy and other rich Fall colours.
I just searched google to see if I could find a similar slip dress pattern to share if anyone wanted to make something similar...and I found pretty much the exact pattern as what I made!  The only thing different is it doesn't have a racerback, but that would be so easy to change!

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