Hi everybody! I am in the process of planning to make my first formal dress — a flower girl dress for my 5 year old granddaughter! I hope I am not over my head.
It will be out of dupioni silk, simple, sleeveless gathered dress with a sash. I know enough that I should unerline it, and I am thinking what would be best? is silk organza too heavy? just the right weight? This is a Vogue pattern ( made a trial run out of cotton) and it has tulle gathered and attached to the lining–that makes a very nice fullness to the skirt. What lining should I buy? I want to go all out and buy the best fabrics for this project. Also, should I prewash the silk, or will that make it too limp? I hand pick the zipper and love the hand work inside the garment. I also think the bodice should be underlined with either double the chosen underlining or a heavier one than one layer of silk organza. I may be wrong on the silk organza. HELP!