Silk Chiffon Slugger

Mood Fabrics silk chiffon maxi dress

Well.  Hello there, Tuesday.  Hello there, leg partially en-clad in whisper thin Silk Chiffon shot through with gold metallic thread.  I thought we’d never meet.

Mood Fabrics silk chiffon maxi dress

Many tried to keep us from our scheduled match.  But this Labor Day weekend, I did little else than labor on you.

There wasn’t much of you to begin with.  Just three yards.  But those few floaty inches had a sting like a bee.  I had to sacrifice some print matching for sure.  It took me five hours to adjust my stance against your grainlines, though your metallic crossgrain did help.

Mood Fabrics silk chiffon maxi dress

Let’s face it, you can throw a punch.  Oh yes, you managed to produce a few excellent jabs, the most effective: an uppercut that caught me just below the chin, knocking my neckline for a loop, necessitating the addition of darts in the back.  Almost caused me to throw in the towel, especially since I’d gone to the trouble of muslining you in my pre-match research…

Mood Fabrics silk chiffon maxi dress

A bit of a droop in the front, and a bit of a bow in the upper back, but any fighter leaves the ring with a few bruises.  BATTLE SCARS.

Mood Fabrics silk chiffon maxi dress

In the end I realized, you did not want to be treated as an opponent.  You wanted to be treated like a lady, with loving time spent on french seams and careful pressing and plenty of handstitching.  I even rolled out my first hand picked zipper for you, though I may change tactics and add a super long row of baby covered buttons down your back.  You’ve shown surprising resilience against my seam ripper thus far, why not have another round?

Should we meet again on my ironing board, I will be sure to treat you with respect from the get go, like my fellow lady pugilists Sonja and Lauren did on their silk crepe de chines.  I bow to you, sister sewists.

That said… your crepe de chine cousin is quite becoming… maybe I’ll give you a breather and take round two with her. Editor’s note: Find loads of silk chiffon prints and solids at MoodFabrics.com.

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Comments


  • Lauren
    September 3, 2013

    I knew I never should have entered this sewing battle against you and Sonja… both y’all made me look bad! BABES! Oh well, at least I can brag about my pretty friends, yeah? :)

    But seriously, that fabric + that pattern – GAH. So perfect!! I think you showed everyone who’s boss :)

    • oonaballoona
      September 3, 2013

      ah, my perfectly seamed friend, look closely at that upper back! a zipper was a BAD choice. live and learn :)

  • Janine Whisler
    September 3, 2013

    **Gasp** This is so cute Oona, I love the sheer fabric you used for this simple pattern. And, might I say, that slip dress underneath, GENIUS, did you make this as a lining or is it a separate dress?

    • oonaballoona
      September 3, 2013

      thanks janine!

      i semi-made it as a last minute change :) i wanted to wear a retro high waisted lingerie set underneath, in solid black…but in the end i liked how it looked with this blue silk slip RTW slip instead. i chopped 4 inches off the slip hem, and closed my thigh high slit up 2 more inches to make it work.

  • Amy
    September 3, 2013

    A sheer fabric with a thigh-high leg slit?! Vavavoom! I’m glad you fought this one out. And, I’ve just loved this little challenge. You ladies rock!

    • oonaballoona
      September 3, 2013

      it’s kinda overkill, isn’t it? sheer fabric kinda makes the high thigh split less revealing!! HA!

      you would rock this dress, have you yet??

  • Susan
    September 3, 2013

    Aaaaaaah this turned out gorgeous!! Treat her like a lady, indeed you did. Nice triumph! And this photoshoot is HOT — love your chosen bright green dumpster backdrop. :) Oh, and I am PRO the change of covered buttons down the back, that would be fab. When you can stand picking the project back up again, HA!

    • oonaballoona
      September 3, 2013

      thanks girl!!! during our shoot a photographer walked past and gave us the thumbs up on the green and some pro tips. i will share them soon.

      i am gonna go for the buttons…i just may need a little more, ahem, *courage* than i possess at the moment….

  • Carolyn
    September 3, 2013

    I was wondering where you were going with this silk chiffon and I love where you ended up. Love that you added a slip to the sheer dress! It is absolutely stunning!

    • oonaballoona
      September 4, 2013

      i was wondering too. for a while it felt like i was going someplace quite…hot…

      can’t wait to see what comes of your week!

  • Lori
    September 3, 2013

    Amazing job, the sheer chiffon with the slip is just stupendous. Fantastic as always

  • Geneva Jones
    September 3, 2013

    Your latest …..very good,love the fabric choice……how do you all do it? The pattern selection and fabric always seem to match. I wonder if you could look at this fabric and give me some suggestions. I haven’t purchased yet. It’s Anna Sui silk twill #303119 and the companion fabric 303118. It’s a floral panel
    I’m certainly enjoying looking each week for something….just think you.re one of the ones with great fashion details.

    • oonaballoona
      September 4, 2013

      thank you so much geneva!

      that first anna sui was actually the silk i wanted for this challenge, but i couldn’t find it in store. so, i think an anna would do quite nicely (from by hand london, it’s the pattern i used here). and i was looking at that companion piece for a scarf in an upcoming outfit… but maybe a border? or a two paneled maxi skirt? i’ve loved all of her fabrics, so whatever you decide i’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

  • Chris
    September 4, 2013

    A beautiful piece of work! I am equally in love with all three challenge dresses. The fabrics chosen give each a different and equally pleasing image of the dress. Oona, the struggles you describe with how you embraced the “battle scars” is a good lesson for me.

    • oonaballoona
      September 4, 2013

      thanks chris! i’m anxious to try this in a weightier silk after falling in love with sonja & lauren’s versions.

      i think we’re sometimes too harsh on our me-mades, especially when you see the terrors happening in RTW that no one notices. i may always think of my mistakes as battle scars now!

  • Amanda S.
    September 4, 2013

    Ooh, I love this! Awesome use of the fabric – I am always wondering what to do with silk chiffon.

    • oonaballoona
      September 4, 2013

      thankya :) if you find yourself wondering, don’t put a zipper in an unlined piece like i did!!!

  • Ginger
    September 4, 2013

    AHHHHHHHHHHH FABULOUS!!!!! You won! I love this so much– way to give this chiffon a KO punch!

    • oonaballoona
      September 5, 2013

      she made me woozy, that’s for sure. i’m still lusting after your anna!!

  • ThisisCarrie
    September 8, 2013

    It’s nice to hear I”m not the only one that runs into unforseen problems during sewing projects. That fabric is gorgeous, the pattern is perfect and your styling is stupendous!

    • oonaballoona
      September 13, 2013

      thanks carrie! man, i feel like all i do is run into unforseen problems. or problems totally spied a mile away yet run towards, willingly…