Nearly 10 years ago I invested in a ‘Chakra Portrait’. I visited with a Median who drew a pot of cascading flowers during our chat. It was nothing like I expected, and at the conclusion of our 90 minutes together I ask her to explain the drawing of my Chakra energies…..
It’s a color I rarely wear or gravitate towards, but now, seeing the color yellow, be it a daffodil, summer squash, yellow room or this gorgeous fabric reminds me of Marcy’s comment.
Greetings from Charleston’s Hotel Bennett, the South’s new grand and luxury hotel. We’re in town for a garden wedding reception at the William Aiken House, a lovely historic property in the center of Charleston.
Mood Fabrics’ Oscar de la Renta cotton and silk faille caught my eye which I immediately ordered. The distinctive ribbed texture, heavy weight and lovely sheen combined with the floral print spelled Garden Wedding Reception Dress to me!
I retrieved a pattern deep in my stash for the dress – Burda 7044. Now out of print, it is available on Etsy and Ebay.
The tailored one- inch ruffle sealed the deal for my pattern choice.
After making a quick muslin shell I cut out the pattern but was stumped by the assembly instructions of the ruffle facing, ruffle, overlay and underskirt. My shortcoming I’m sure.
To help me assemble the pieces I turned to the dress that started my blog – my one and only Valentino.
I discovered no ruffle facings were used. The ruffle was stitched, serged and pressed, and if it’s good enough for Valentino………. Knowing I need not apply the facings was such a relief which led me to chart my own course.
Since pictures can tell the story better than words……
I pieced together 200 inches of fabric for the ruffle and gathered the ruffle on a ruffler attachment.
Even though the dress is lined, I followed Burda’s instructions to finish the seam allowances on each piece which was well worth the time and effort.
My construction process of the overlay assembly looked like this:
It’s true, partially attaching the ruffle before sewing the back and side seams of the dress meant I the had to carry the ruffle around, however I was able to tweak the fit before completing its attachment. I shortened the length and reduced the sweep by 6 inches.
Many thanks to Mood Fabrics for the opportunity to sew on this luscious fabric, and cheers to the color YELLOW! May it illuminate your life with its cheerful presence 🙂