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…………..

IMG_0047This 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.

striped dress lining

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.

IMG_0045Pre-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,

imageso we left the beach only to find glaring sun,

IMG_0105or uninspired scenery without the wind, and light that is perfect for showing off my farmer’s tan.

IMG_0122I intended the dress to serve as resort wear for which it is perfect……..

IMG_0050…… as long as I’m by a pool and not the ocean!

More about the pattern on the blog tomorrow!

Until next month 🙂

 

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Comments


  • Deborah
    July 31, 2016

    Oh Honey! The dress and photos are just beautiful! I’m sure we see no need for apologies. The setting is just lovely and I’m glad there is a breeze. These are the things that help us to ‘read’ fabric. The breeze helps me see what I would have to imagine in the movement of your fabric. And that in turn helps me understand the drape of your dress as you move. Once again, it’s just lovely!

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 2, 2016

      LOL – many thanks, Deborah! I’m not apologizing for the dress, which I love 😉 The photos were not what I expected but you make a good point!

  • Fiona
    July 31, 2016

    Oo a crepe de chine maxi! This is just stunning. Love that bit of chain around the neckline to break up the solid

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 2, 2016

      Thank you so much, Fiona!

  • Patty
    July 31, 2016

    I appreciate seeing these photos as they are less posed and more like real-life. Love the dress and the fabric choice!

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 2, 2016

      Thank you, Patty! I guess there is a silver lining to most snafus 😉

  • Barb
    July 31, 2016

    Oh-Oh-Fabulous! Resort wear indeed, it is perfect for that. Beautiful color and fabric for this pattern. And…beautiful on you.

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 2, 2016

      Thank you so much, Barb!

  • PsychicKathleen
    July 31, 2016

    Love this dress! I have fallen completely in love with silk and the vibrancy of this orange is just stunning with that necklace neckline. Beautiful! Your photos are perfect too! Natural and full of grace 🙂

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 2, 2016

      Thank you, Kathleen! The light in the photos is still beautiful regardless of the wind 😉

  • Cennetta
    July 31, 2016

    Sarah, Absolutely fabulous!

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 2, 2016

      Thank you so much, Cennetta!

  • Carma
    August 6, 2016

    Beautiful style and color! Looks so comfortable and yet several notches above casual . Good for you and thanks for sharing this experience with us. Shine on!

  • Eileen MacDonald
    August 25, 2016

    Beautiful