7in7: Day Four, Chantilly
Fabric: Vintage chiffon (I forget from where and how much), say $20, lining $1
Pattern: Colette Patterns, Chantilly
Notions: Invisible zipper, $3
Time to complete: 12 hours
First worn: May 2011
Wear again? The verdict is still out
Total Cost: $24.00
Oh man, this dress. Or rather, oh man, this fabric. While sewing this, I considered other materials that would be as fun to sew with:
- Saran Wrap
- 1-ply toilet paper
- Spider webs
- gold leaf
Obviously I'm exaggerating a bit. Sewing with Jello would be ridiculous! Seriously, though, working with this chiffon seriously defeated me. Like big time. This dress is both a success and a failure. It looks good in the pictures but I just hate the little hacks I had to do to make it work.
The biggest mistake I made was I cut one of the side front pieces way too short. I'm not quite sure how I did it, but when I was ready to hem, I realized that one piece was a good three inches shorter than the rest of the skirt. I couldn't cut all the other pieces to match the length of that piece for that would have made the dress way too short. So, I took advantage of the billowy fabric and basically tacked a longer part of the skirt over the short part. Even with this little hack, I fear the dress is too short. It's such a disappointment since the bodice part turned out quite nicely. Sure, I could add a ruffle or something but I was just too defeated to continue.
And now why this dress was a success. If it wasn't for the fact that I HAVE to finish this dress, it would have become a UFO not long after I started sewing it. I persisted because I had to and finished it. It's completely wearable and I'm the only person that would probably notice the weird skirt mistake. But I notice it and that's all that matters. It really is quite bad.
Things I would do differently next time
- I wouldn't use a chiffon. I don't think I'm ever going to sew with such a sheer fabric again. EVER.
- Obviously I wouldn't make the make the mistake of cutting one of my skirt pieces 3 inches shorter than the rest.
Things I liked about Chantilly
- If not for the fabric choice, it would have been a very straight forward pattern to sew. I will sew it again with a cotton lawn or even medium-weight cotton.
- When the skirt is done right, it's a really nice length and fullness
- It looks vintage in style while being modern
- The bodice is quite lovely
This dress has really knocked me out with regard to the challenge. There were tears shed and many f-bombs dropped during construction. At 1:00 am I actually wondered if I could die from sewing exhaustion. Thankfully, Crepe is up next and I'll be able to fly through that.
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Tomorrow: I take on Crepe!