Maxi Dress from Designer Tie-Dyed Silk

 

It pays to be naughty sometimes.

Especially this time.

Here is McCall’s 6700.

tie-dye silk crepe de chine dress“For Moderate Stretch Knits Only”

I had sewn the pattern before and didn’t see anything stretchy about it…… and I had to have this Blue Tie-Dye Silk Crepe de Chine Border Print from Mood Fabrics…… and I had to make this maxi dress in this silk. At 5’2” I rarely wear border fabrics and I knew this was my chance.

It’s been a long time since I broke the rules, but I think it was worth it ;)

tie-dye silk crepe de chine dressIndeed – a perfect dress for Memorial Day or Fourth of July.

I think it would look great with a big bowl of cherries, an armful of sunflowers, or even better walking along the beach – my hope is to wear this dress all summer long!

tie-dye silk crepe de chine dress

This is quite the easy pattern with four pattern pieces (five if you include the back ties). The neck and armholes are finished with a narrow hem rather than a facing or lining. Having made the dress once before (blogged here) I knew what issues I would face with the upper bodice popping open, and overlapped the upper front and back bodice an extra inch and a half to solve the problem.

tie-dye silk crepe de chine dress After sewing the dress in this luscious crepe de chine, I’m still not sure why the pattern was designed for moderate knits only!

I guess one could say I got away with it, but maybe I should have had my wrists slapped for taking a chance with this beautiful silk. It is perfect for just about any garment with its lovely drape and soft hand! Editor’s note: The fabric that Sarah chose here is from our collection of delicious prints and solids from designer Thakoon, available at Mood LA, Mood NYC and online. Her tie-dyed border print is a favorite of Mood staff and customers alike. Click here to see how Thakoon used this fabric in his Thakoon Addition spring 2012 collection.

tie-dye silk crepe de chine dress

Best wishes for a safe and fun-filled Memorial Day weekend!

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Comments


  • Lise Neely
    May 24, 2013

    What a beautiful dress! Wear it in good health, indeed, all summer long. And as far as the rules go, well, I never met a rule that I didn’t want to break. But then again, I’m only a beginning seamstress and haven’t yet quite learned what all the rules are for. Anyway, this project is lovely and a great inspiration. I’m going to look up the pattern! Best wishes from Lise

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 26, 2013

      Thank you for such a nice comment, Lise!

  • Kay
    May 24, 2013

    It is beautiful! I love it.

  • Peter
    May 24, 2013

    It’s gorgeous. And you look TALL in it — I’d never have guessed you were 5’2″.

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 26, 2013

      Uh-oh…… I might go on a maxi frenzy now ….. anything for a couple more inches!

  • Michelle
    May 24, 2013

    LOVE! You may have chosen the perfect fabric for this dress. It’s wonderful.

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 26, 2013

      Thanks so much, Michelle! I’m quite pleased and relieved :)

  • Stephanie
    May 24, 2013

    Stunning!
    (runs off to toss weekend plans out the window and rummage for yardage from which to make a maxi-dress…)

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 26, 2013

      Thank you, Stephanie! Memorial Day weekend is a great weekend to sew and get ready for summer :) Good luck with your maxi-dress!

  • Erica B.
    May 24, 2013

    That turned out stunning! All of the Thakoon fabrics are amazing and were really a hit!

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 26, 2013

      Thank you, Erica! I loved them all too :)

  • Ms. McCall
    May 24, 2013

    It’s lovely and a great colour on you! Thakoon should have his fashion designer licence taken back for using that lovely silk on some horrible elasticated waist trousers with the border at the top!

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 27, 2013

      Thanks, Ms. McCall! There are many women who can wear his elasticized silk trousers well but I’m not on the list ;) This is more my style!

  • crystalpleats
    May 24, 2013

    You look great! Its a gorgeous dress and fabric.

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 27, 2013

      Thank you so much, Crystalpleats!

  • Diana Deap
    May 24, 2013

    The dress is beautiful and looks great on you. I would never guess that you were 5’2. You look taller !

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 5, 2013

      Thanks Diana! I constantly try to create a long silhouette … Sometimes it works and sometimes I just have to accept how short I am!

  • Lori
    May 24, 2013

    This is gorgeous. I bought a Thakoon to make this pattern and then read the knits only part, so I bought a knit also! You look great.

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 5, 2013

      Thanks, Lori! Can’t wait it see what you make :)

  • Jeannie
    May 25, 2013

    You look lovely—I like yours more than the Thakoon, but they aren’t that different.

  • Carolyn
    May 25, 2013

    What a fantastic use of the fabric! The dress is lovely on you and I can see why you’ve made this pattern more than once because you look amazing in it!

  • Ginger
    May 25, 2013

    I love this! This dress just screams summer! You’re right– it’s completely perfect for the beach!

  • Amanda S.
    May 27, 2013

    Great dress Sarah! I had better get a move on ordering some of those Thakoon fabrics – they seem to be going quickly!

  • Lauren
    May 31, 2013

    Beautiful! Perfect use of that amazing border print… and silk? Yes please! As a 5’2″ lady myself, I must say… I love my maxis! Don’t even care if they make me look short, I’m short as it is! :)

  • Amy
    June 3, 2013

    I’ve had my eye on that fabric, and I think it’s just perfect as a maxi dress on you! Bravo!

  • This maxi dress is perfect for summer. It is very comfortable to wear during this season. A perfect beach outfit!