Silk Faille Oscar de la Renta Sheath Dress

Wiggle Dress Made with Oscar de la Renta Silk Twill from Mood Fabrics (14)

Good morning, Mood Fabrics! I’m thrilled to join the ranks of the Mood Sewing Network, which I’ve long been a fan and reader of. Thank you so much to Meg for inviting me on board!

For my first Mood Sewing Network project, I was led by pure, unadulterated fabric lust. This gorgeous silk faille, designed by Oscar de la Renta and available in Mood’s online store, sent me swooning. Check out those flowers! Don’t they look straight out of a tropical garden? Considering the dreadful winter we’ve been having in Texas, a (sartorial) trip to the tropics was too tempting to pass up.

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Once this fabric arrived, there was no question what I’d make with it. When using a print this bold, I prefer simpler silhouettes, which help show off a fabric without distraction. This one, with those big, fabulous flowers, shouted “Make me into a wiggle dress! I will be delightfully vintage-inspired, you’ll see!”

Who was I to disagree with an oddly vocal fabric? A wiggle dress, it would be. So, I grabbed my favorite bodice pattern, the pencil skirt from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, and began working toward the that end.

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If you’ve never sewn with silk faille before, you’re missing out. Thanks to the ribbed nature of its weave, faille grips onto itself and other surfaces. So, cutting out is a breeze and it holds onto pins like a champ. That’s right: it’s gorgeous and easy to work with. It’s the perfect “beginner’s silk,” for those who may be too nervous to cut into charmeuse or georgette just yet.

This Oscar de la Renta beauty was no exception. It sewed and pressed like a dream! Can I make an entire wardrobe out of a bright, floral silk? That’s so tempting…

Since this is such a large scale print, I was picky about placement, when cutting it out. The flowers match along the center back seam and the waistband, which took some time to achieve, but was worth it. Nothing distracts from all that glorious flora!

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To combat the fraying that can happen with silk, I used French seams where possible and serged everywhere else. The rest of construction was fairly straight-forward, which is part of the fun of such a simple silhouette. It looks fabulous, but it’s so easy! This dress took all of four hours, from first stitch to the hem.

Just to make sure it stands the test of time, I added some fancy touches. The bodice is lined in black China silk, also from Mood, and attached to the zipper and waistband by hand. For the back closure, I used a metal zipper from my stash, which I hand-picked into the dress.

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Oscar’s lovely silk faille is now a wiggle dress, just as it demanded. Even better, I’ve finished it in time for Valentine’s Day! Sure, we’re only going to a neighborhood Italian hole-in-the-wall and student theater production, but I’ll do so in style.

What are your fashion plans for Valentine’s Day, friends? Any silk faille in your future?

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Comments


  • Maggie
    February 13, 2014

    Looks fabulous on you! Love how you matched at the seams, well worth the effort.

    • Mary Danielson
      February 14, 2014

      Thank you so much, Maggie! No lie, those matched seams give me a kick of pride every time I see them. So very worth it!

  • Kimberly
    February 13, 2014

    Welcome to Mood. Your wiggle dress is beautifully made and shows off your curves very well. Your placement was also excellent. I am a lover of all things 50s so this is right up my alley. I look forward to seeing more of your work. :-)

    • Mary Danielson
      February 14, 2014

      Thank you so much for the welcome, Kimberly! I am also a lover of all things 50′s, especially those late years that blend into the early 60′s. Between wiggle dresses and those sweet swishy-skirted confections, it’s such a fabulous time to draw inspiration from!

  • Jenny
    February 13, 2014

    Congrats on joining MSN!!! So glad even more people will see your fab makes and of course the fabric allowance ;D

    And my my my miss mary. You have excelled yourself on this one – you look, as they say in my homeland, like an absolute STUNNA. I’m swooning.

    • Mary Danielson
      February 14, 2014

      Thanks so much, Jenny!! Also, I’m totally blushing, but I’m definitely going to inform The Bearded Professor that I have been dubbed a stunna, when we go out tonight. You’re the best!

  • Stephanie
    February 13, 2014

    Great dress you look incredible.

  • oonaballoona
    February 13, 2014

    oh. YES YES YES YES YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS. i need a bigger font, dammit, this is AMAZING!!!!!

    • Mary Danielson
      February 14, 2014

      Thanks so much, Oona!! No lie, your fantastic use of prints helped me take the plunge on this one. You are the queen of fab fabrics!

      • oonaballoona
        February 20, 2014

        well, right back atcha, cause i am *this close* to pouncing on that fabric!

  • Rachel
    February 13, 2014

    Congrats!!! and that dress is AMAZING! The print, the silhouette, the fit…. Perfect!

    • Mary Danielson
      February 14, 2014

      Thank you, Rachel! I’m so glad they all lined up for this one – it really did need to be a wiggle dress!

  • Chrystal McKay
    February 13, 2014

    This dress looks STUNNING on you! And I absolutely love the second last photo with the shadow! I’ve been meaning to make Gertie’s wiggle dress for awhile. I’m just waiting for the right fabric to come along!

    • Mary Danielson
      February 14, 2014

      Thank you, Chrystal! I cannot recommend Gertie’s wiggle dress enough, seriously. It’s such a great pattern, especially with a fairly sturdy fabric like this faille. Definitely worth a hunt for the perfect fabric!

  • Peter
    February 13, 2014

    Gorgeous dress and I love the print. Welcome!

  • Kelly Williams
    February 13, 2014

    You look fantastic, Mary! This fabric sounds like a dream–it makes me want to sew a new dress soon. Can’t wait to see what your future projects are!

    • Mary Danielson
      February 14, 2014

      Thanks a million, Kel! I cannot say enough good thing about this fabric, honestly. So much fun to work with!

  • Amanda S.
    February 13, 2014

    Pretty, pretty, pretty! Gorgeous on you and perfect fit!

  • Michelle
    February 13, 2014

    WOW! That fabric is stunning, and the dress showcases it beautifully! You did a fantastic job pairing the two together!

    • Mary Danielson
      February 14, 2014

      Thanks, Michelle! I am beyond relieved that they paired so well – I just couldn’t see this fabric turning into anything besides a sheath dress. The idea wouldn’t get out of my brain!

  • allison
    February 13, 2014

    I LOOOOOVE this dress. It makes me so happy!! I want to run out and get some fabric to make such a joyous creation!

    • Mary Danielson
      February 14, 2014

      Thanks, Allison! You should totally score some similar fabric (or even the same!) – there’s nothing like sewing up a giant, colorful floral print to brighten even the snowiest day. I want to wear it all the time!

  • Meg
    February 13, 2014

    LOVELY! The print is fatastic, and the sheath dress allows it to shine. Well done on the fabric placement around the zipper – the whole dress is beautiful!

    • Mary Danielson
      February 14, 2014

      Thanks, Meg!! I’m so glad that fabric placement turned out well, honestly. I was convinced it would end up just off enough to be crazy noticeable, but it actually worked out. Amazing!

  • Fiona
    February 13, 2014

    So so gorgeous! It’s the perfect use for this fabric! I need to get me some silk faille…

    • Mary Danielson
      February 14, 2014

      Thank you, Fiona! Also, I cannot rave enough about this fabric. Silk faille is such a blast to work with!

  • Neeno - Sew Me Love
    February 13, 2014

    Stunning dress!

  • Lori
    February 13, 2014

    Gorgeous dress and a perfect fit.

  • Debbie Iles
    February 13, 2014

    Such a stunning dress. It look magnificent on you. And I am so very impressed with the flower placement/matching on the back – too clever!

    • Mary Danielson
      February 14, 2014

      Thanks, Debbie! No lie, that flower placement may be my greatest sewing accomplishment to-date. It took awhile, but turned out sooo well. I get a gleam of pride, each time I see it again!

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 14, 2014

    Fabulous dress & Welcome aboard!!

  • Cissie
    February 14, 2014

    Gorgeous dress — love all your finishes, too. “Wiggle dress” — never heard that before but it’s a perfect description!

    • Mary Danielson
      February 14, 2014

      Thank you, Cissie! Also, I wish I’d come up with that term myself. Isn’t it fabulous? It describes this silhouette – and the somewhat ridiculous way I’m tempted to walk in it – to perfection!

  • Anna
    February 14, 2014

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

  • Sallie
    February 14, 2014

    This is absolutely gorgeous!! And you look fabulous in it!! Love it!!

  • Angela
    February 14, 2014

    Beautiful dress! I love the fabric choice!!

    • Mary Danielson
      February 14, 2014

      Thanks, Angela! Isn’t this fabric amazing? It was such a blast to sew up, as well.

  • Janine
    February 14, 2014

    What a gorgeous, dreamy dress on you! It’s a great, simple style for this lively print, and I can see you dressing it up or down for lots of occasions. I love faille, it’s not easy to find but I am going to take a look Mood! Hope you don’t mind my copying yours, but you did inspire me!! Congratulations on your project and your work with Mood!!

  • Lady ID
    February 14, 2014

    Great fabric, great dress. Looks lovely – you wear it well.

  • Ginger
    February 14, 2014

    Wow, this is FANTASTIC! You’re killin’ it in this dress! The fit is perfect and I love the fabric you chose! Well done and welcome! :)

  • Sandra
    February 15, 2014

    You look fabulous. I love this print. I am now inspired to cut out my planned wiggle dress in a bold floral.

  • Lauren
    February 16, 2014

    BEEEAAUUUTIFUL!! I’ve actually eyeballed this fabric pretty hard in the past, but now I’m sort of glad I didn’t take the plunge – no way I would have given it justice compared to THIS. You look fabulous!

  • Rose
    February 17, 2014

    This fabric and the finished garment are stunning. Perhaps it’s the confidence radiating from you but you are working the fit. You’re and inspiration

  • DebB
    February 18, 2014

    Fabulous dress! You look A-Maz-Ing!! I am looking forward to seeing more projects from you.

  • Alethia
    February 20, 2014

    Beautifullllllll!

  • Debra
    February 21, 2014

    Your dress is beautiful and it looks fantastic on you! Love your fabric choice!

  • Kait
    February 24, 2014

    This is so beautiful and so flattering! I hope you make more sheath dresses, they really suit you!

  • Patrice
    March 1, 2014

    You look beautiful!