Finished the Ava dress from www.victorypatterns.com.
My first time sewing with silk chiffon. Yes, it feel like it looks - so light, and soft you could just fly away!!!!
But sewing with it is a task because it moooooooves all the time! The ONLY way I find it possible to sew silk is to use spray starch. Which you can find in quilt shops or on-line. I bought Sullivans Fabric Stabelizer on-line from Create For Less http://www.createforless.com/Sullivans-Spray-Fabric-Stabilizer-14.5-oz/pid51968.aspx. Good stuff but expensive!
I lined the dress with a silk charmeuse which is just as slippery and needs to be stabilized also. I used the short dress version on the pattern and combined it with the long dress version to make a cascading skirt. But then I felt that the skirt was too short in the front so I added a flounce to the charmeuse lining and ended up with the layered effect on the skirt. There was no way to have and even cut on the hemline of the skirt because chiffon just does it's own thing even when cut from the pattern. fortunately, the different lengths look good with the rolled hem.
I LOVE that it has a side zipper. But I do need more learning on specific methods for putting in zippers to silk chiffon! It's not the same as installing zippers into more stable fabric like cotton.
I used the sleeve from Victory Pattern's "Nicola" dress. I have not made the Nicola dress yet but I will. Also, I used my serger to get that GREAT rolled hem for the silk chiffon - the best way to finish chiffon beautifully!
It looks so easy but I think there was more cursing that could be heard coming from my sewing room than ever before! The only thing I don't like about the pattern is that it does not have a lining and I just made that up. The only part they line is the bodice which is impossible to only do that if you choose a see through fabric like silk chiffon.
The other thing I didn't like was that they did not include using bra cups. The pattern was specifically designed for a see thru top bodice. So, what are you gonna do? Have your ugly old bra straps visible! Not after all that work! I double lined the lower bodice, added bra cups in between silk charmeuse.
"As the bird soars high
In the free holding of the wind,
Clear of the certainty of the ground,
Opening the imagination of wings
Into the grace of emptiness
To fulfill new voyagings,
May your life awaken
To the call of it's freedom."