Fancy Fabric Silk Suit
The inspiration for this suit is the beautiful accordion pleated silk dupioni that I used for the collar and at the bottom of the skirt. I found a matching burmese silk and silk chiffon in a contrasting color that worked nicely with the original fabric. I wanted to use the pleated fabric for a dramatic collar that would echo the Edwardian era, while still appearing modern and fashionable. I used Vogue 8205 for the jacket and Simplicity 2475 for the skirt, and using a muslin I fitted the suit to me with some alterations. The jacket is fully lined, and both pieces are completed entirely with hong kong seams on the inside. The skirt is composed of chiffon layered over the burmese silk. One of the challenges that I had with this piece was trying to figure out how to hem the pleated fabric, so that it wouldn't fray, and yet not crushing the pleats or ruining their appearance. I eventually figured out a method that worked, using fabric paint in a color that matched the chiffon. The skirt is composed of chiffon layered over the burmese silk.
Pattern or design used: Vogue 8205, Simplicity 2475
Posted on Jan 4th, 2010 in sewing, garment construction, fabric, fitting, reader's closet, collar, chiffon, pleated fabric, burmese silk, hong kong seam, skirt suit, fancy fabric contest
Fancy Fabric Contest
Upload a photo of a special occasion garment you’ve made from one
of the following fabrics by 11:59pm ET, January 4th, 2010.
Satin, Lace, Beaded fabrics, Sequined fabrics, Embroidered fabrics, Sparkled fabrics, Metallic fabrics, Brocade, Velvet, Shantung, Organza, Taffeta, Charmeuse and Lamé.
Be sure to include details about your garment including what fabric you used and the techniques you used in constructing your garment.
We’ll choose the top 5 finalists based on the mastery of construction techniques shown and the design that best accentuates the fabric being used.