Party Dress In Shimmery Metallic Silk Blend

More fabric to die for……. I was sold upon reading Mood Fabrics’ narrative of this silk/viscose blend and placed it in my online cart.

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‘The drape on this silk and viscose blend fabric is just so perfect, and then when you combine it with the glazed metallic sheen…well, you have a fabric that’s to die for. Lightweight and softly pliable. Perfect for tops, dresses, unconstructed jackets and more.

Seriously, how could I resist?

The fabric didn’t disappoint ~ actually I want more!

Slippery, you think? Nope.

Flimsy, you suspect? Nope.

The backing on the fabric produces the perfect texture for machine sewing.

I’m devoted to sewing holiday attire for the next few weeks and couldn’t pass up the giant bow on Butterick 5850!

Party dress sewn with metallic silk blend from Mood Fabrics and Butterick 5850.

The silk/viscose worked beautifully with the pattern in every aspect. The gathered skirt is attached to a fitted back.

Party dress sewn with metallic silk blend from Mood Fabrics and Butterick 5850.

I typically shy away from gathered waistlines, but I wanted that bow! The sash cinches the waist, helping camouflage the bulk that gathers can produce, and I found the fitted back flattering.

Party dress sewn with metallic silk blend from Mood Fabrics and Butterick 5850.

I was plagued with fitting issues which I’ll review on the Pattern Review website. However, I made it work and am ready for the first holiday party or maybe New Year’s Eve. ;)

Party dress sewn with metallic silk blend from Mood Fabrics and Butterick 5850.

Hmmm…… I think this dress needs a fur…. Anyone sewn with faux fur?

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Comments


  • Alyce Ferguson
    November 15, 2013

    Beautiful job, your skills are impeccable. The dress looks gorgeous on you too. I imagine that was not easy fabric to work on, so job well done!

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 15, 2013

      Thanks Alyce!
      Opposite of what you might think – this fabric was very easy to work with! I recommend it,

  • Ginger
    November 15, 2013

    Ooh, this is very chic! I love it! I’m tempted to nab some of this fabric myself!

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 15, 2013

    By all means, Ginger! It’s great fabric and can be made into practically anything! ,

  • SeamstressErin
    November 15, 2013

    That dress is simply smashing! I think it’s the best thing I have seen you sew. It’s so flattering on you and that fabric choice is swoon worthy!

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 17, 2013

      Thank you, Erin! The fabric saved the pattern and worked in my favor!

  • Geneva Jones
    November 15, 2013

    Another beautiful garment. What did you use for lining?

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 17, 2013

      Thank you, Geneva! The bodice is lined with china silk in a slightly deeper color. The skirt is unlined following pattern directions. The backing on the fabric is substantial enough not to require lining.

  • oonaballoona
    November 15, 2013

    oh sarah, stunning stunning STUNNING!!!

  • Carolyn
    November 15, 2013

    This is the perfect holiday fabric which you’ve used to make the perfect holiday dress. Can’t wait to see what you do with fake fur!!!

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 17, 2013

      Thanks, Carolyn! I”m not set on fake fur just yet…… but am interested in sewing it eventually :)

  • Lori
    November 15, 2013

    Another beautiful and stunning garment. Also, how smart of you to be ahead of the season and have a holiday dress all ready.

  • Elaine
    November 15, 2013

    Love, love, LOVE this creation. Just gorgeous on you.

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 17, 2013

      Many thanks, Elaine :) !

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)
    November 15, 2013

    As you do I also steer away from a gathered waist but the bow belt makes all the difference. What a great dress. I have made three faux fur vests this winter and it was surprising easy to work with – just trim down the seam allowance which takes away the bulk and it all comes together really easy.

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 17, 2013

      Thank you Sandra for the compliments and the faux fur sewing tips!

  • Sarah
    November 15, 2013

    So shimmery and beautiful. You look amazing!

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 17, 2013

      Thank you so much, Sarah!

  • Peter
    November 15, 2013

    Beautiful dress, Sarah. I love the color, the lightweight look of the fabric and the fit. Great job!

  • Cissie
    November 16, 2013

    Absolutely perfect for the holidays. Love that bow! Anxious to hear all about your fitting issues and how you solved them.

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 17, 2013

      Thank you, Cissie! I just published my pattern review this morning :)

  • Amy
    November 17, 2013

    Wow! What a dress! That fabric is perfect for a holiday frock, and that bow really makes the dress. You always make the most stunning garments.

  • Amanda S.
    November 18, 2013

    Ooh, very nice holiday outfit! I’ll bet the hubs will love this on you!

  • Erica B.
    November 18, 2013

    This dress is stunning! You make the best cocktail wear!

  • ThisisCarrie
    November 18, 2013

    I really love how that fabric drapes! Not too stiff, not too drapey. It’s just perfect and definitely “to die for”. And you picked the perfect pattern!

  • anne jewell
    November 19, 2013

    that dress is perfect on you! i have sewn with faux fur a bit and found it pretty straightforward. practice tension and stitch length on a scrap before the “real” sewing begins, if the nap is long you might need to pull it out of the sewn seams with a pin. this will also cause the seam to disappear visually.–anne

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