Silk Crepe de Chine Maxi

I can’t even tell y’all how thrilled I am to be in cahoots with who we all know are my favorite MSN ladies, Oona and Sonja. Truth, they originally planned this as a duo, in which I walked straight into that party and invited myself to be the third wheel. I can’t help it; I love being part of a Mood Fabrics sandwich. Especially when it involves Thakoon Crepe de Chine. I mean, COME ON.

Anna silk crepe de chine Maxi

So, as we all know at this point – this is the Anna dress, the newest offering from By Hand London. For mine, I decided to try my hand at the maxi version with the slash neckline (I have previously made the shorter version with the boat neck, holler at my blog if you want to see those results!). Since the dress itself is very simple, it was the perfect excuse for getting my hands on the aforementioned silk crepe de chine.

Anna silk crepe de chine Maxi

I’ve never sewn with this type of fabric before, so I was admittedly a little nervous. Would I regret my decision?

Anna silk crepe de chine Maxi

Really, though, it wasn’t so bad! The crepe texture of this fabric actually made everything a LOT easier – it gave the pieces something to “grab” onto (as opposed to being all slinky and slippery all over the place). For cutting, I did pin my selvedges together to keep everything intact, and I used a lot of pins on the actual pattern pieces as well. One protip – make sure you use silk pins; this stuff is very delicate and normal pins may leave holes! I also used a microtex/sharp needle on my machine. The fabric fed through very smoothly (again, thanks crepe, for your grabby lil hands!) and it pressed with very little fuss. I like this stuff!

Anna silk crepe de chine Maxi

Construction was very straightforward. I finished every seam with a french seam, and tackled miles of blind stitching by hand along the thigh split, sleeves, and bottom hem. The facing and zipper edges are finished with pinking – I actually deliberated on this a lot, pinking isn’t necessarily my favorite seam finish, but I felt it was important that the edges were not detectable from the outside of the dress as this silk is very thin. Fortunately, it doesn’t want to unravel much so I’m not concerned about that. I also stabilized the slash neckline with scraps of selvedge from the silk – just pinned them within a bit of the seam allowance and staystitched them down with a tiny stitch. Keeps things nice and gape-free!

“Hold the phone, Lauren – did you say thigh-high split???”

Anna silk crepe de chine Maxi

Uh huh, I sure did.

Anna silk crepe de chine Maxi

Truth, I normally don’t have much of a reason in my life to wear something like a floaty silk maxi dress with a thigh split. However, it was a fun project and I am totally fine with scheming up date ideas as an excuse to give this silk lady the exposure she deserves! Do you think eating pizza in this dress would be the worst idea ever? ;)

Now, I leave you with some walking photos. What would this post be worth without a couple action shots, amirite?

Anna silk crepe de chine Maxi
Anna silk crepe de chine Maxi

WOULD YOU JUST LOOK AT HOW THAT SILK FLOATS AND FLOWS.

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  • Carolyn
    August 27, 2013

    I’ve liked almost every version I’ve seen of the Anna dress but I especially love this one because of the fabric and color choice. I’m sure this feels like a dream on and looks fantastic on you!

    • Lauren
      August 27, 2013

      Thank you, Carolyn! The fabric definitely makes the stuff, this stuff is amaaazing!

      • Carolyn
        August 27, 2013

        Lauren – you have to add it to your must sew again list! Personally I love sewing it!

  • Angela
    August 27, 2013

    Great dress! Looks like you could dress it up or down so I’m sure you will not have a hard time finding an excuse to wear that gorgeous little number :)

    • Lauren
      August 27, 2013

      It’s definitely a versatile little (long?) dress, I could totally see this dressed down with a pair of Chuck Taylors and a denim jacket!

  • Heather Lou
    August 27, 2013

    At first I was like, DID SHE SKIMP ON THE SLIT? Why do I ever doubt you? It’s so beautiful – I love that rich colour and I can just imagine how floaty and beautiful it would be made out of crepe de chine— I’ll be wearing my Anna nonstop in NYC (since it’s actually the perfect day dress for me, ha) while fondling silks to make the next one with! BTW, any chance you could sneak away the weekend of September 16th? Your Mood stash is almost gone….

    • Lauren
      August 27, 2013

      Oh, god, I WISH. I actually just lurked flights and it looks like a round-trip would be around $300, which I can’t afford right now :( But can we pls pls plan an epic meet-up set in NY? I’m sure you could sneak away a second time… ;)

      • Heather Lou
        August 27, 2013

        Perhaps NY in the spring? There is still a chance i may be in Nashville in November. It’s a bit of a planning nightmare since I need to rent a car and pick people up arriving later in Memphis for the wedding in Clarksdale. No guarantees but I would be pretty mad at myself if I got all the way out there and didn’t get a chance to eat bbq with you somewhere.

        • Lauren
          August 27, 2013

          NY in the spring would be awesome :) Even as early as March – as long as I buy the tickets in advance enough, I can get a good deal (and then start saving money for all that I’m going to blow at Mood NYC, naturally ;) ). And YES I really hope Nashville works out… because I want to eat BBQ with you!

          • Lori
            August 27, 2013

            Lauren, I just got an email from Southwest – flights starting at $69 one way – maybe.

  • Ginger
    August 27, 2013

    Oooh, what a great color! This is so pretty! I love it lots!

    • Lauren
      August 27, 2013

      Thank you, ma’am! I think cobalt is my new favorite color obsession – it’s just so yummy!

  • oonaballoona
    August 27, 2013

    that is just one tall drink of the best, most luxurious water ever. i would drink water all day long if it looked like THAT. pizza is a perfect choice. i would live in this!!!!!

    • Lauren
      August 27, 2013

      I cannot WAIT to see yours!

  • carolyn roemer
    August 27, 2013

    Every thing about this dress seems right for you: Good fit, great color , professional finish. Wear it to the grocery store if you have to. Pizza maybe a bridge to far, however.

    • Lauren
      August 27, 2013

      Thank you! You’re totally right – knowing my luck, I’d drop pizza all down the front before I got to the first bite. Maybe not such a hot idea while wearing silk, ha!

  • Sarah Gunn
    August 27, 2013

    It depends on where you eat pizza and how. Wear this pretty dress wherever you want! Good job :)

    • Lauren
      August 27, 2013

      With a giant napkin covering my entire torso, probably :) Thank you!

  • Meg the Grand
    August 27, 2013

    OMG. A. Love this color on you. LOVE. B. Thigh high split indeed! You are rocking it somthing fierce. C. Lovely dress overall, and totally perfect for pizza :)

    • Lauren
      August 27, 2013

      Yeah!!! :D DD

  • Amy
    August 27, 2013

    That blue! That silk! That dress! I’m speechless.

    • Lauren
      August 27, 2013

      Giiirl, get you some and let’s MATCH!!

  • Hazel
    August 27, 2013

    love your version, that fabric & colour really look great on you!

    • Lauren
      September 1, 2013

      Thank you! The color is totally the best part :D

  • Lori
    August 27, 2013

    Lauren, this is stunning on you, the color, the dress, the slit and above all the fabric.

    • Lauren
      September 1, 2013

      Thank you, Lori!

  • Chris Johnson
    August 28, 2013

    Not only is the dress gorgeous on you, but the color is stunning. I especially appreciate your input on what it’s like to work with crepe de chine and how you handled different sewing situations . I feel less nervous about tackling a project with this fabric, especially if it’s Thakoon!

    Thanks,
    Chris

    • Lauren
      September 1, 2013

      Thanks, Chris! I’m glad you found the construction information helpful – that’s always nice to hear :) But, seriously, indulge in the crepe de chine. It is pretty fabulous stuff!

  • ClaireE
    August 28, 2013

    I love everything about this dress! The colour is wonderful and you look fantastic in it. I’m sure you’ll have plenty of occasions to wear it to. This is definitely my favourite version of the Anna dress so far.

    • Lauren
      September 1, 2013

      Aw, thank you!

  • Clare Szabo
    August 28, 2013

    Um…ermagherd.

    That is all.

    This is truly amazing and you look so beautiful, Lauren. Can I take you on a date? I LOVE PIZZA ;)

    • Lauren
      September 1, 2013

      Yes ma’am!! Come back to Nashville and we will go to Desano… their pizza is so amazing; I have dreams about it haha

  • Amanda S.
    August 28, 2013

    Okay, you totally beat me to that fabric! I can’t think of one skin tone that cobalt doesn’t look awesome on.The dress is beautiful!

    • Ginger
      August 28, 2013

      Amanda, I hope you still make something with this fabric– it would be so pretty on you! The green colorway would, too, though.. although, come to think of it, it’s hard to think of a color that doesn’t look amazing on you!

    • Lauren
      September 1, 2013

      You should get some anyway! I know you would make something totally amazing with this stuff :)

  • ThisisCarrie
    August 28, 2013

    Gorgeous dress. The floatiness and the swirl! And I would suggest wearing that dress barefoot, riding a horse, on a secluded beach…..while eating pizza. At least that’s what i would do. You don’t want to seem too pretentious.

    • Lauren
      September 1, 2013

      I like the way you think! ;)

  • Erica B.
    September 2, 2013

    I’m just getting around to reading blogs. This is absolutely stunning and the fabric is so delicious!

    • Lauren
      September 3, 2013

      Thank you, Erica! The fabric is pretty amazing, I think everyone should give it a go :)