How do you like my new dress? This is honestly one of the most sumptuous fabrics that I’ve ever had in my sewing room. It’s a stretch silk charmeuse panel print by Catherine Malandrino.
This was one of my impulse buys from Fabric Mart that when I saw the fabric, I just had to have it, with no real idea of what I would make with it. This is a panel print, but thankfully, the panels are not separated by lines or frames or anything — they blend into each other. That made it significantly easier to cut out. However, the flower print is large and I didn’t want to lose their beauty, so I racked my brain when I thought of what pattern to use. I figured it would be best in a fabric with few pattern pieces and since this Burda pattern is only two, is made it much easier to showcase the beauty of this fabric.This is Burda 7097. It’s a simple dress with kimono sleeves. It pretty much looks likes a caftan without a belt, but as the model on the pattern envelope has a belt on, I assumed that it was meant to worn that way. My only problem is that the belt likes to move up on my silky fabric, so it’s a lot of adjusting throughout the day.
I lined this dress with a nylon lining I had in my stash, which makes this dress pretty hot. I’ve worn this twice already — once to a sanjeet and also to an event in San Francisco. Both times I was hot…. I tell you what, I’m really hoping and praying for the cool weather and rain to hit us VERY SOON.
I attempted to try and match the print on the side seams, but it wasn’t going to work with only two large pattern pieces. I sewed French seams in both the dress and lining and hand-stitched bindings on the sleeves. The neckline does not seem to sit as nicely as I’d like on the V. I under-stitched it and it did not seem to lay flat even with clipping the seam as I generally do, so I unpicked about half the neckline and with a good iron, it goes the way I want it to. This pattern was supposed to have a binding on the neck as well, so I imagine that would have alleviated that problem. Of course, I have to do things my own way…
This pattern is super simple to sew and generally doesn’t take long to make. It took me a little longer as I have lining and French seams in mine. I’m so in love with the fabric and look forward to wearing this often. Even with the irritation of the belt moving up and the hot lining, it’s super silky and glorious feeling to wear. I have a little more of this fabric left and am looking forward to making something with that. 🙂
The jersey dress and the top that are also in this pattern look like they’d be fun to make as well. I am so picky about buying knits these days that those will have to wait until I find something super awesome to make them with!
- Dress: BurdaStyle 7097 in Catherine Malandrino panel print silk charmeuse, made by me
- Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
- Belt: Macy’s
- Earrings: Bauble Bar
- Sunglasses: D&G