Silk reminds us of the elegance and sheen of a night on the town. This fabric has a soft, luminous quality that fits in very well with any chic evening event, wedding or reception. Careful consideration of cut and sizing will be required to make a well-fitted and beautiful evening dress. Silk dresses will always be a fashion staple in any woman's wardrobe and an extremely fulfilling sewing project.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Dress pattern
- 3-4 yards silk
- 3-4 yards lining fabric, such as a light cotton
- Sewing machine
Purchase or find a suitable pattern for an evening dress made of silk. Local fabric stores will carry a variety of patterns, or you may find one online. Look for a pattern with a nice draping effect so the silk will be utilised to the fullest extent.
Pin the pattern onto the fabric and cut out the pattern pieces. For a dress made with lining cut out the pattern pieces as the pattern directs.
Hang up the silk dress pieces on hangers for a day or two. This treatment will allow each piece to settle and stretch naturally so the finished dress will stay the same shape. Hangers with clips will allow for the best angle for hanging silk.
Sew the lining fabric pieces onto the corresponding silk pieces. Position the right sides so they are facing each other while sewing the pieces together.
Pin each piece of the dress fabric together, using the pattern as a guide for how to assemble the dress. Sew each seam with the right sides of the silk facing together and the wrong sides facing out.
Turn the dress right side out and iron on a low setting, if necessary.
Tips and warnings
- Take body measurements carefully to ensure the best fit.
- Dry clean silk to avoid shrinkage and wear.
- Use cotton or polyester thread when sewing silk.
- Always iron silk on a very low setting as silk can burn very easily.
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