Sweet Silk Cherries
Confession: I don’t like cherries. Not to eat, anyway.
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!
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.
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!).
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 🙂