Crepe de Chine Maxi
My husband and I have always been awed by the 7:15 am sun at the beach ~ so soft and broken by the roofline of the houses as it rises and gently illuminates the beach. We knew this time would be perfect for shooting photos of my new dress, but were quickly reminded that best laid plans often go awry…………..
This is my third maxi in the last three months; one in linen, one in a knit and this one in Mood Fabric’s Grenadine Silk Crepe de Chine!
Earlier I ordered and reluctantly used this gorgeous silk for a dress lining. I thought it would be wasted, but it transformed the dress from ordinary to extraordinary.
My love for this richly saturated crepe de chine led me to order three more yards, and alas, I have a dress from this beautiful fabric using New Look 6372.
Following Linda Lee’s advice from her Sewing with Silks: The Liberty Shirt Craftsy Course, I pre-washed the silk with mild detergent in the washing machine. I admit the thought of this procedure is unnerving, and I tried out the remains from the lining which I did not pre-wash for the dry clean only dress before following through.
Pre-washing the silk not only ensures for successful spot cleaning, but makes the fabric easier to sew by removing a finish from the fabric that creates a slick surface. The color was unaffected.
I’m so pleased with the dress, but not so pleased with the photos. The gentle breezes grew into winds,
More about the pattern on the blog tomorrow!
Until next month 🙂