Sweet Silk Cherries

Confession: I don’t like cherries. Not to eat, anyway.

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What I do like, though, is stuff with cherries printed on it (actually, let’s be honest – I like anything with fruit printed on it! Too adorable!). Any fruit-printed fabric that I come across is immediately snapped up and sewn into something painfully adorable. And while most of these fabrics tend to be printed on quilting weight cotton (or silk chiffon, for whatever strange reason. No, really, who is buying all that crazy printed silk chiffon? REVEAL YOURSELF, I want to see what you’re making!), occasionally I stumble across a diamond in the rough. These cute cherries are printed on silk crepe – my favorite!

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I just love working with silk crepe. It can be a bit of a struggle to cut – which is why I try to stay away from making anything too form-fitting with the stuff – but it’s such a dream to sew, and even more dreamy to wear! I especially love using it to make simple/casual dresses, with a little bonus luxury silk surprise. As I’ve mentioned before, I pre-wash all my silks in the washing machine on cold, which means I don’t have to worry about taking this lil guy to the cleaners after it’s been worn. Just wash and go! I love easy-care garments, ha!

This particular printed silk crepe from Mood Fabrics is by Anna Sui. It is also, unfortunately for y’all, completely sold out. Sorry! Here are loads more silk crepe prints and solids on the Mood Fabrics website. My favorite part of this print is the lighter grey cherries that are scattered around – you don’t see them until you’re looking really closely, but they give the print a lot of dimension, which is nice.

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This pattern is Vogue 1395. I used my beloved cherry silk crepe for the main fabric, and china silk for the skirt lining. I used a brand new Microtex 70/10 needle to sew (a must when stitching delicate silk – you don’t want to make holes in the fabric!) and the entire dress is seamed with french seams. It’s almost as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside 🙂 The armholes are neckline are finished with self-made bias binding. Oh, and the waist is elasticized, so you KNOW this dress is seriously comfy!

If you plan on sewing this pattern, a couple things to keep in mind: One, the front of the bodice is not lined (the skirt is lined, and the back has two layers due to the overlay), so you want to be sure that your fabric is opaque enough to not be see-through. Two, due to the way the back overlay ties across the waist, you will see the wrong side of the fabric. My silk crepe met both these qualifications – the wrong side is slightly duller than the right side, but it’s hardly noticeable (and definitely not noticeable on the ties, so yay!).

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Everything about this dress is so perfect for 90* summer days – the loose fit, that elasticized waist, the breathable silk. I love that it looks dressy but feels like I’m wearing secret pajamas. I’m thinking this will also transition well into cooler months – throw on some boots and tights, a cropped sweater, and you’re done (is it blasphemous that I’m already dying for fall? Omg this heat tho)! Cute prints like these will ALWAYS belong in my closet- regardless of whether or not they’re actually in style. However, I hope they stay in style – it makes them a little easier to find 🙂

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  • carolyn roemer
    June 16, 2014

    Just plain cute.
    I love the look of french seams but hate the double stitching and the seams needing pressing 2 times. And then there is the fraying of the first seam if even one fiber pokes out of the second seam. So it’s trim and trim some more on that first seam. However light weight silks don’t much like overcasting. So what are you going to do?! Buy a very sharp scissors.

    • Lladybird
      June 16, 2014

      I’ve found as long as I trim the seams down to be very narrow (and, yes, use sharp scissors!), the french seams turn out perfect without any fraying bits sticking out. I personally love french seams – they are extra work, but totally worth it to me. They’re just so beautiful and elegant 🙂

  • karen minet
    June 16, 2014

    I bought this pattern but saw it made up on another blog and it was awful. Now I see I was right in buying it and will make it soon. Thanks.

    • Lladybird
      June 16, 2014

      Aw! Well I will say that there were definitely a couple fitting adjustments that needed to be made, to take this dress from blech to wow. I’ll have the full run down on my personal blog tomorrow 🙂

  • Sallie
    June 16, 2014

    Oh too cute!! Love that print! The scale of those cherries is just the best! And I’ve been so curious about this pattern, it’s great seeing it made up! Also, I feel ya on the heat… holy moly!! Summer is HERE!!

    • Lladybird
      June 16, 2014

      The scale is my favorite part about the print! Not so tiny that they look super cutesy, but not so big that they are difficult to work with. Also, I want to see you make this pattern because the second I saw it, I thought of you. It’s such a Sallie pattern 😉

  • Jennifer Flynn
    June 16, 2014

    I’ve been waiting to see if someone else would make this dress! I made it and I was so confused about the last few steps that I don’t think I did them right. Plus the wrong side of my fabric looks weird on the tie belt. I think I am going to hack off the tie parts and somehow sew them into the side seam.

    • Lladybird
      June 16, 2014

      A lot of the instructions were REALLY confusing! I think about half this dress is LT-hacked, ha!

  • Fiona
    June 16, 2014

    SO cute on you! (especially with those gorgeous wedges!) Great pattern choice to pair with the silk, the construction sounds really interesting. I’m definitely with you on the silk chiffon prints too, who sews or even wears silk chiffon all the time?!

    • Lladybird
      June 17, 2014

      I don’t know, but I’m intrigued and now I’m wondering if there’s a big silk chiffon hole in my life? Am I missing something here?

  • Helen Siddon
    June 16, 2014

    I love cherries too, pride of place goes to my crystal cherry pendant, a rather good pressie from my other half! I’ve just bought some purple fabric which is covered in bright red strawberries, couldn’t resist it as I figured a clashing strawberry dress is just what’s missing in my wardrobe!

    • Lladybird
      June 17, 2014

      Oh man, both the pendant and the fabric sound amazing!

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 16, 2014

    Adorable dress! The print is much larger than I imagined , and it’s casual nature is perfect for this dress pattern 🙂

    • Lladybird
      June 17, 2014

      Yeah, I was surprised at how big the print is – a good surprise, though. Too small and things start to look too cutesy, at least when it comes to fruits 🙂

  • Lori
    June 16, 2014

    This is adorable! I really like the dress pattern, is seems just perfect for the fabric.

  • Susan
    June 17, 2014

    Love your choice of fabric for this dress! I’ve had this pattern for a while but haven’t found a fabric that would work. Would love to see your rundown on any fitting or construction issues!

    • Lladybird
      June 17, 2014

      Thank you! I’ll have a full review with construction notes up on my personal blog, hopefully tomorrow! 🙂

  • Amanda S.
    June 17, 2014

    Seriously adorable print paired with the perfect pattern. I love this!

    • Lladybird
      June 17, 2014

      Yay! Thanks, Amanda 😀

  • Mary Danielson
    June 17, 2014

    Gorgeous! The drape of that crepe is just right for for this pattern. It’s both super chic and perfect for summer. Plus, cherries on clothing are always a win. Love it, Lauren!

  • Cennetta
    June 17, 2014

    Lauren,
    Super cute dress. Great choice of fabric and style.

  • Peter
    June 18, 2014

    Beautiful! I too love fruit prints — and this one has a 40’s feel that works great with the pattern you chose. Elegant but playful too!

  • Grace
    June 18, 2014

    Love it! I think you’ve convinced me to splurge on some crepe for this pattern.

    Also…. I spy a hulahoop!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    June 23, 2014

    Gah! I love that secondary print of grey cherries, it really adds to the overall design and stops the black background feeling flat under the cherries. Lovely dress, in fact you look quite delicious! LOL

  • Sew Well
    June 25, 2014

    Love the cherry print! And, I will admit to having just made a poly chiffon dress because I just had to have the print. My first time with any kind of chiffon. I think crepe is much more versatile for me at least.