I never thought I’d sew a plaid silk dress, but I did!
This lovely dress was made from a 1950s pattern, Advance 7131. It’s a lovely sun dress pattern I picked up while on vacation last summer. I’ve been wanting to make it since I bought the pattern, and am pretty excited about the final dress!
Silk isn’t usually my thing. I generally find is fussier than it’s worth to me. Plaid, however, is. (I mean, just look at my Mood posts. Seriously.) And so the plaid silk combo lured me in.
I used this lovely silk dupioni. In order to be able to treat this fabric like I would any other normal dress—i.e. not baby it—I pre-washed and dried the dupioni. I threw a test swatch of it in the laundry first to make sure it would be okay, and it looked great when it came out, so in the yardage went. Now I can wash and dry my dress!
It was so hard to capture, but there’s that lovely dupioni sheen to this fabric that makes it a little something special. While I dressed it up here, I could easily see it with a pair of sandals and casual purse, just worn as a normal sun dress.
But it can go a bit more special occasion, too, with the right accessories, and that’s kind of a nice touch.
The pattern itself was relatively an easy sew, except that neckline sure is fussy. But the trade off is you get to do the easiest bound armholes: I used self bias tape from the plaid fabric, and you bind them before you attach the neckline and facing unit. You’re just binding them while they’re open on the top edges. So much easier than doing a full round armhole, I think! I finished the dress off with a covered belt.
I matched the plaid along the center back seam and the side seams of the skirt, which I think makes up for the fact that the side seams must be shaped wacky as I couldn’t match it there at all. I turned the plaid on its end for the belt and neckline, which I think breaks up the pattern nicely.
All in all I’m really happy with this dress, and maybe, just maybe, I might entertain the idea of other silk items in my wardrobe in the future as a result!