A Silk Sundress

The moment that Mood Fabrics posted a photo of this gorgeous Thakoon Addition fabric on their Instagram account, I immediately found it on MoodFabrics.com 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.
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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.


The seams are understitched.

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.

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Comments


  • Peter
    April 29, 2013

    Gorgeous — what a beautiful print dress! Did you line only the bodice, or part of the skirt as well?

    • Erica B.
      April 29, 2013

      Thanks Peter. The lining is even with the front hem. So I guess you can say it’s partially lined.

  • Lori
    April 29, 2013

    This is gorgeous, Erica, the fabric is so pretty.

    • Erica B.
      April 29, 2013

      Thanks Lori. The fabric is amazing!

  • Lauren
    April 29, 2013

    Beautiful, Erica! That dress is the perfect showcase for that amazing fabric.

  • Rochelle Plocharczyk
    April 29, 2013

    I live in Corona & can’t find a seamstress. Hopefully, (maybe) you could help me out.
    Thank You

    • Erica B.
      April 30, 2013

      I’m not a seamstress-for-hire, so I don’t know how I could help. But good luck!

  • Carolyn
    April 29, 2013

    Wow! Wow! Wow! This is beautiful!

    • Erica B.
      April 30, 2013

      Thanks Carolyn!

  • Amanda S.
    April 30, 2013

    Really pretty, Erica! Love the neckline! I have my eye on that fabric as well. I’m glad to hear it was such a breeze to work with!

  • Janine Whisler
    April 30, 2013

    So beautiful Erica, I love the fabric and the pattern. Hope it’s an easy dress to make, I am making this next week for a friend to wear at a wedding.

    • Erica B.
      May 1, 2013

      Yes Janine, it sewed up really easy and quick! Thanks!

  • Kay
    April 30, 2013

    It is stunning and you look great it it!

  • anne jewell
    April 30, 2013

    this is just a perfect dress for summer!

  • Ginger
    April 30, 2013

    Wow, what a pretty dress! It’s so floaty and perfect for summer!

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 30, 2013

    What a beautiful dress and a glamorous look!

  • Diana Deap
    May 20, 2013

    Gorgeous dress and it suits you so well. Love the high low hem.