Chinese Inpired Silk Dress

Maybe you’re beginning to get sick of hearing about all the wonderful fabrics my mother gives to me? Sorry, but here’s yet another such post. This Chinese silk she purchased on my behalf, on a trip to that Eastern fabric wonderland. The pattern is lovely, with many different motives, like happy dragons, sea folk and floral patterns. I think it is quite like a fairytale.

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My greatest challenge was to use the 3 metres long and 72 cm wide fabric wisely. Because of the motives, the fabric could only be used in one direction, so I couldn’t get as much fabric from it as if I could have used it in both directions. Therefore I sketched and scrapped several ideas before I started the pattern making.

Making the mockup

As usual, I layed the fabric out on the mannequin and pinned it down and cut away superfluous fabric, in the way that made the fewest wrinkles.
The vest-like top of the dress, cut in one piece, with the only two seams in the sides.
The skirt part, where I tried to get as great a circumference as possible out of the narrow fabric. I ended up with three panels – one in the front and two in the back. As you can see, I had not yet decided whether to make the vest and skirt as separate pieces, only sewn together in the back and closed with push buttons in front, or sewn together the whole way around. Because of limited amounts of fabric and lack of persistence, I ended with the latter.

After having made the mockup and transferred it to pattern paper, I was ready to cut the precious fabric. To my horror, I found out that I had made the fancy “one-piece-vest-part” too wide for the fabric. I had to divide this part in three, by making seams at the usual place, at the shoulders.

The unfortunate disproportion of the pattern (with “breast-fronts” in one part with the back)
A wiser dressmaker would have folded the pattern at the shoulder, to match the side seams, and the have cut it at the fold. I didn’t, but it turned out alright anyway.

Then, I was finally ready for cutting the fabric and sewing the dress!

I made my own Chinese fabric buttons. There are great instructions on Google.

The finished dress

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imageActually I haven’t tried the dress on since it was finished. I posted a photo of it on Facebook the same night, though, and received so many lovely comments, that I am highly motivated to make a proper photo shoot soon!  Unfortunately there’s freezing wind roaming outside, so I will wait some days, until spring find its way back to Denmark.

Spring Photoshoot!DSC04893

I remember well how we laughed at our Swedish friend, when we visited her in England and she proudly took us to a pond, which was called the “lake”. After five years in Denmark, my husband and I experience something similar, but concerning the “woods”. We are so happy to have found a Christmas tree plantage. This our piece of wood. <3DSC04897

We  are also very happy to have discovered a park, surrounding parts of preserved countryside. Here are some beautiful cherry trees, that are now covered with blossoms!DSC04923 DSC04925 DSC04934 DSC04941 DSC04948

I made  a new aquintance today. While trying to attract some pleasant ducks with bits of pizza, there came a white furry ball crashing through the bushes, towards me.  This dog was super happy to get some cuddling from a new friend, but his owner was a bit embarrased for him.DSC04962


2 thoughts on “Chinese Inpired Silk Dress”

    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad to hear.
      I also love this fabric. It is magical! Unfortunately, I don’t know more than that my mother found it at some silk factory in Beijing.

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