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Dressed to Impress

Hi, my name is Liza, and I am a self-employed Seamstress in the Cotswolds.

I am very excited to be working with Beckford silk to create a 50s style dress ready for a wedding I am attending in July.

The fabric I chose was Country Garden in the colour way Dusty Rose I was amazed how soft the fabric was when it arrived and the pattern was printed so beautifully, I couldn’t wait to get started.

The pattern am using is simplicity pattern no S928 Sleeveless dress has close-fitting, lined bodice, wide waistband, bateau neckline & fold-back contrast facings. 

First job was the cutting out, a good pair of scissors is a must have I try not to use pins to much as not to damage the delicate fabric, so I use weights (tins do the trick) to hold down the pattern while I cut round making sure to make the notches as I go. Then I use mini pegs to hold the seams together when I sew.

For the lining I used a contrast lining, silk habotai in Brick Red with the open back detail of this dress it really gives interest to the dress and really make the dusty pink of the main fabric pop. 

I used an invisible zip to fasten the back of the dress and hemmed using a rolled hem 

It’s been a while since I’ve worked with silk, but I shouldn’t have been worried as the fabric glided though the machine like, well silk! Make sure you use a very thin silk needle when sewing silk, no 60/8 and using a short stitch length between 1.5mm and 2mm is the best and it will stop the fabric pulling. 

I had a little offcut of the dusty rose left so I made a head scarf which worked perfect with my victory rolls to finish of my guest wedding look. I would definitely be sewing with silk more often it beautiful to work with so soft, floaty and comfortable especially on a hot summer’s day

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2 years ago

This is absolutely beautiful! Such gorgeous dress and thank you for the instructions!