I could get my twirl on in this!
The moment that Mood posted a photo of this gorgeous fabric on their Instagram account, I immediately found it on the site and pulled the trigger on the purchase. I was already in the mindset to make summer dresses, but I was still mentally deliberating on fabric choices. And seeing this fabric at that exact moment... well, it was just serendipitous.
This beautiful paisley print silk crepe de chine was the perfect marriage of fabric and pattern to Butterick 5886. This fabric is so lightweight, floaty and luxurious. It was perfect for a halter-style, high-low hem dress.
As much as I love silk fabrics, they're usually difficult to handle. But this fabric cut beautifully and was easy to handle. I had no trouble keeping it on the grain, nor did it "crawl". I used French seams and a narrow hem, because the wrong side of the hem shows.
Fashion tip #1 - A good racerback bra with a deep front closure is perfect for this!
Fashion tip #2 - To insure there's no "slippage", pick up Topstick Hairpiece Tape. I got mine at Sally's Beauty Supply. In my opinion, it looks a lot neater than using a pin.
The seams are understitch. And I used a China silk from my stash to line the dress.
For the pattern, I lengthened the bodice by an inch.
And the skirt by three inches.
And here's a tip: For silk dresses with zippers, always interface the zipper insertion area.
I absolutely love this silhouette, and I can see myself living in these kind of dresses all summer!