Completed: Some Fabulous Silk Birds

17 Jul

I am just going to preface this post with a warning: This is my VERY favorite thing I’ve ever made. Forget everything else up to this point. This here, this is the winner.

Also, I tried REALLY hard to cull down the number of pictures, but there are still a lot. Sorry, not sorry.

Marc Jacobs Birds

I initially saw this fabric on the Mood Fabrics Instagram (which, if you’re not lurking that – WHY NOT, THEY POST THE BEST FABRICS!!). Isn’t it fabulous? I immediately called the store and had them set aside 4 yards for me. When I finally had it shipped all the way to Nashville, I was amazed at just how wonderful it was in person. The designer is Marc Jacobs, and it’s a soft silk Georgette with a gorgeous drape and some incredibly saturated color.

Of course, I had no idea what I was going to do with 4 yards of bird silk Georgette. I hoarded it for about 2 months, while plotting and planning.

Marc Jacobs Birds

I had a Sewing Epiphany while on the way to work one morning (does anyone else have those? Aren’t they so awesome?) and realized that the print would work perfectly with a 40s style dress – and the drapiness of the silk would be a 100% match for McCall’s 6113. Yes, the same pattern I used for last month’s Mood dress. What can I say – I love this pattern, and I want to make a million of it’s babies.

Marc Jacobs Birds

Since this was my first time sewing with silk Georgette, I spent a few weeks devising a game plan and learning all I could about this fabric before slicing into my yardage. Georgette – or, at least, this Georgette – is on the sheer side, so it was going to need some sort of underlayer to keep things opaque. I didn’t want to underline the dress and compromise the flow of the fabric, so I decided to make a slip to wear underneath. Bonus: this is quite handy on a windy day! Already tested that theory πŸ˜›

Marc Jacobs Birds

I used french seams to construct the entire dress, except at a few sections where it was impossible to sew them – such as the curved yokes. For those parts, I pinked the seams to keep them from fraying. I also stabilized the fabric underneath the yokes with a piece of black silk organza. Since the Georgette is so lightweight and that area gets so much stress, I wanted to give it as much support as possible. I also found the use of my walking foot quite helpful while assembling the dress – it kept the layers from shifting (and me from crying tears of frustration).

Marc Jacobs Birds

Despite having made this dress twice already (my red wool crepe version, plus a boring ol’ muslin), I still encountered some construction challenges unrelated to the fabric. For one, the sleeves gave me HELL when I was trying to set them in. I don’t even understand how it happened – they eased in perfectly with the crepe, but for some reason, it just didn’t work with the Georgette without including a lot of unwanted puckers. I was stumped and let the dress simmer for a few days on my dressform. I even considered leaving it sleeveless, no lie.

Marc Jacobs Birds

Fortunately, I remembered that Casey posted a tutorial on excess sleeve ease on her blog a couple years ago, so I followed the instructions for redrawing the sleeve cap and crossed my fingers.

Marc Jacobs Birds

I am happy to say that it worked! I’m so glad I was able to figure it out – the sleeves really make the dress!!

Marc Jacobs Birds

Marc Jacobs Birds

Marc Jacobs Birds

I just think this pattern is SO PERFECT for such a bright print! Isn’t it beautiful?

Marc Jacobs Birds

I even got super fancy and put a (non-functional) fancy button where the front of the dress fastens.

Marc Jacobs Birds

Marc Jacobs Birds

Marc Jacobs Birds

Marc Jacobs Birds

Now, let’s talk about my slip! I am going to post pictures which I realize is essentially me in my underwear, so bear with me here.

Silk Slip

I’m not going to lie – like 99.9% of the reason why I decided to go with the matching slip was so I’d have a chance to get my hands on some 4-ply Silk Crepe. I’ve heard some amazing stories about the stuff, but never had a chance to try it for myself. It tends to run on the expensive side (truth, this silk crepe cost more than the silk Georgette!), but a slip doesn’t require a whoooole lot of yardage, so I sucked it up and put in my order. I didn’t know what to expect when the package arrived at my door.

Silk Slip

People. This stuff is INCREDIBLE. Throw out any mean thoughts you had about silk and focus on the 4-ply. It’s not at all slippery – even when I was cutting bias pieces, the fabric stayed put. It’s nice and robust and opaque, and it feels amazing against the skin. It presses beautifully and sews like a dream. I was extremely skeptical before I properly introduced myself, but I really think it deserves the hype.

Silk Slip

To make the slip, I used the free Ruby Slip pattern. I spent a lot of time redrafting shit to get it to fit right, and it was kind of a nightmare and I kind of almost gave up (no hate on the pattern itself – I’m just VERY particular about how my slips fit!). I started with the size 8, made a lot a lot a lot of changes, and I’m just going to list them here:
– The original bodice was very small, so I added a 1/2″ FBA using the sew-along tutorial. Truth, I tried to get away with not doing this (I wear a DD cup, but let’s be real here – the only thing “big” about my boobs is the proportion, not the actual size, kwim? I could totally fit into like a C cup if the band was small enough), but my first muslin informed me otherwise.
– I then redrafted the bodice to include a center front seam and underbust gathers, following this tutorial.
– My second muslin showed that now the bodice was too big at the center front, and the gathers were sitting in such a weird place… I looked like I had puffy nipples. So awesome, except not. I wish I could tell y’all I did some mathematical pattern drafting magic and fixed it, but honestly I pinned that fucker to my dress form and manipulated it until I had a decent fit. I pinned out a chunk of the center front seam, redistributed the gathers, and chopped about 1″ width off the back midriff. I readjusted the side seams of the skirt (that shit fit almost perfect with no adjustments, thank god) and crossed my fingers.
– Since the new back midriff was slightly (I’m talking 1/2″ or less) smaller than the skirt, I cut that piece on the bias and carefully eased the two pieces together. I think the result is pretty good – it fits my small back, and the bias makes it easy to pull on and off!
– I also cut about 5 1/2″ off the hem of the skirt. It was long, and I need this slip to be shorter than my skirts!

Silk Slip

Silk Slip

Finally, I added some beautiful lace around the top and the hem, and a little self-made bow in the middle of the bodice. The straps are just satin ribbon outfitted with strap adjusters and rings – very easy to put together.

Marc Jacobs Birds

Now, here’s the real question: I still have like a yard (maybe more) of this bird fabric left. WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH IT?

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91 Responses to “Completed: Some Fabulous Silk Birds”

  1. Lauren July 17, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Just lovely! What about a matching clutch with the extra fabric?

  2. strugglesome July 17, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Oh my lord this is stunning, and I love the slip, it’s so good. The fit is to die for and the bird print, I want to stick my face in that. I would make a pair of tap pants or something with the extra yard, or a little blouse, I don’t know, it’s a really wonderful problem to have…

    • shaewc July 17, 2013 at 9:48 am #

      OH MY, I am in LOVE!! Seriously, and even more so with the slip than the dress if that is to be believed! I am on a kick right now sewing pajamas and slips…and I am about to bite the bullet and order some 4 ply silk RIGHT now! This is the most gorgeous dress and slip…cant wait to try something like that myself!

  3. Joy July 17, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    You look so lovely! I think slips are the bomb. What about a sleek tank to wear with you awesome jeans?

  4. Candi Andi July 17, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    Put a bird on it! (If you don’t know the reference, it’s worth looking up) Beautiful dress and slip, I am def going to try and make a silky slip now. As for the extra fabric, you could always make a floppy hat and cover it with this material. I think Vogue has a good pattern for that (and they are on sale at Hancock this weekend.) I think it would be a super cute summer accessory. ❀

  5. Becky July 17, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    I have been lurking this fabric since I saw it on ebay a year ago. It is so gorgeous, and your interpretation of how to use it is great! Lovely dress, terrific slip! My skills are not yet up to the task of this fabric, but I am thrilled you did something with it! I totally understand why this is your new favorite thing.

  6. Kim July 17, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    Beautifull dress! I love the fabric and your sleeves look perfect! I had one of those bright moments this morning on my way to work, I am going to use the black suede in my stash to make a Victoria blazer! Lets see how that works out!

  7. rachelinred July 17, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Totally love it, but I already said that on the mood blog, I think you should make some more culottes out of that, is it enough fabric? The drape would be gorgeous!

    • Hope July 17, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

      That was my first thought–culottes. If you have enough yardage, that would be perfect for the fabric.

  8. Bonnie July 17, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    You’re right–this print is fantastic, and the dress looks gorgeous on you. I’ll refrain from advising you on the extra yard. If it’s not two-dimensional and easy like a block-y quilt, I don’t know how to sew it. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with it though!

  9. Tasha @ By gum, by golly! July 17, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    That is incredible! I love the bird print! And look at you making a slip to match and everything. That dress (hell the slip too) looks beautiful on you. What a great match to the pattern.

    p.s. I’ve used Casey’s tutorial to reduce sleep cap ease like eleven thousand times. Love it!

  10. tillybuttons July 17, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Oh Lauren, this is a beauty! Such an amazing print and a gorgeous style. I’m seriously impressed with how much time and effort you put into researching the fabric, making the dress, making a pretty slip… Worth it – such a stunner!

    As for what to do with the final yard, how about a little vest – a shorter version of the slip pattern you spent all that time perfecting? And if you’ve got enough, some knickers to go with it!

    xx

    • LLADYBIRD July 17, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      Ooh, what a great idea! The fanciest lounge set in all the land, I love that!

  11. petite josette July 17, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    I LOVE this fabric! I have 3 yards of it myself, that I bought on ebay aftr seeing the Sew Convert,s dress here:
    http://sewconvert.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/tropical-birds-wrap-dress-and-paris-fabrics-finds/
    Yours looks amazing as well! I really have to get to it and make a dress with my yardage!

    • LLADYBIRD July 17, 2013 at 10:35 am #

      How funny! I knew this was ~designer fabric, but I never thought to look up what the designer used it for – and he made it into a wrap dress, too! Ha!

      Although I do believe I have different fabric than the Sew Convert’s. Her fabric is a crepe de chine, and mine is a georgette – which is sort of like a more robust chiffon, with no sheen. Still beautiful, though!

  12. sallie July 17, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Birrrddsss!!!! I love this fabric!! I’ve seen it pop up here and there, now and then and I’m always head over heels for it!! Good call with the 40’s dress! Absolute pattern and fabric matching perfection. Also, hot damn diggity dog girl! You look FINE in a slip!

  13. Lori July 17, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Beautiful dress and slip, Lauren. It looks gorgeous on you, leftover yardage, what about Mega Nielsen Tania culottes?

  14. birdmommy July 17, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    What about a Sorbetto, or maybe a Tiny Pocket Tank (if your ‘maybe more’ is like a bunch more)?

  15. Asia Al-Massari July 17, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    SILK BIRD UNDERWEAR

  16. Debby July 17, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    This is fab, I too have some of this fabric and have been wondering what pattern to use. I purchased it from e-bay and it came all the way from China to the UK. With your left over fabric you could make a blouse or how about a scarf, I suggest you make something that you will get lots of wear from to get the most out of the fabric.

  17. Anonymous July 17, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    You look sensational!

  18. Anonymous July 17, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    A bra and panties!

  19. rc July 17, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    I love the dress and the slip. A yard extra of the bird fabric? Shorts!

  20. Jane July 17, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Your blue Ceylon dress was always my favourite but this may just have knocked it off its perch. I LOVE it and it’s one of the most perfect fabric and pattern matches I’ve ever seen. The fancy button is a lovely touch too! I’d also be tempted to wear that beautiful slip as a dress, it’s so flattering! Fabulous work. xx

  21. kate0795 July 17, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    The bird fabric is scrumptious! An explosion of stunning colour! The style of dress is perfect and the more you look the more little touches you see…delicate pleats, loving the button…. The remainder of the fabric? A little cami top? Would look great with the little denim skirt you made. Or how about trying a bra?? Imagine how gorgeous and sexy that would look with some matching knickers! You’re so clever you’ve made the swimming costume, you’d definitely ace a bra! I only hope one day I could make something this skilled. Love seeing your clothes. Kate x

  22. craftsanctuary July 17, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Loving the birds! They’re pretty fabulous, and suit the pattern perfectly. Extra yard? I think I feel some papercut booty shorts coming on…

  23. Rebecca July 17, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    I think that fabric would make a great Scout Tee!
    Or a Victoria Blazer with that as the lining and the collar piece and cuffs, with like a neon pink and green or a great classic ivory for the shell.

  24. carolinascallin July 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Wow – amazing job! Love the dress, the print is divine…and the slip! Which one do I like the best? Great job on this set – seriously impressed πŸ™‚

  25. nicole_boldgoods July 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    You should use it to make the new Grainline lake pajamas!

  26. MarrieB July 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Stunning! I can see why it’s your favorite thing ever. The slip is awesome too. I so want to try making a full slip now.

  27. Clipped Curves July 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    Doubl

  28. Clipped Curves July 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    Double pretty!

  29. Nancy Bymers July 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    A little sleeveless darted waist blouse to go with your yellow fishtail skirt is what I suggest you do with the remaining yard.

    • LLADYBIRD July 18, 2013 at 9:07 am #

      Really love this idea! Maybe another sleeveless bow blouse, even? I think I squeezed that last one out of a yard of fabric.

  30. Helen July 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    OMG! This is gorgeous! I also have this fabric (and am now feeling pretty cool as a result!), and have had no idea what to make with it! I am just too scared to cut into it! This has given me some inspiration though! Thanks!

  31. milenasews July 17, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    I’ve wanted this fabric for so long! But I never see it at the NYC store (granted, I haven’t spent more than 10 minutes trying) and it’s not online. Next week I’ll definitely venture back to the store to try to find it…

  32. Blue Sunday July 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Love, Love, Love! From the fabric to the fit! You look awesome in that dress.

  33. Heather Lou July 17, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Just FYI, I eye banged some stretch charmeuse so had on the Mood site yesterday for the slip I need to make but never realized I needed until I saw yours, that I AM NOW PLANNING A TRIP TO NY TO CARESS IT IN PERSON. In September. The fact that I have not yet frolicked with Oona IRL may also be responsible. So thanks. You and your slip just cost me a fortune.

    • LLADYBIRD July 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      EW I’m so jealous, I’m dying to go back to NY. Take me take meeee haha.

      But srsly, not EVEN sorry, you are going to love the shit outta your trip!

  34. Nat @ Made in Home July 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Is it bad to like the slip more than the dress? Both are amazing, but the slip neckline is great!

    • carolinelarnach July 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

      Both are awesomeieces, well done you! I have a similar frame to yours (DD on a small build) so I have to make adjustments for that too – your solutions look great. As for the leftover, I echo calls above for shorts and/or clutch.

  35. puu July 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    i love the combo of fabric and pattern, especially once i saw the close-up photos and remembered how much great, subtle detail was drafted into that dress pattern. no wonder it is your favorite, ever! it deserves to be and your hard work really turned into something flawless and unique.

  36. Laura Mae July 17, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    LOVE the dress, and the fabric, and the slip! It is just too cha-cha for words!

    I think you should hold onto that extra yard of fabric until you have another sewing epiphany! If you wait, the perfect project will come along . . .

  37. kittehluvs July 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    SO GORGEOUS – simply amazing. Your talents astound me!

  38. sorbetsurprise July 17, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    This is gorgeous! I reckon you should use the left over fabric for a snazzy cullotte style short/skirt, I could totally see it in that bright fabric.

  39. Tiffany July 17, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I love that bird fabric. I think it would make a great skirt or maybe a pair of shorts. Also for some reason I really like the slip. i think that styled correctly, you could almost get away with wearing it as a dress for a sexy night out look. (you know lingerie inspired outerwear has been a huge trend on the runways for a few seasons). I love the bird dress too. great for the office.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/CurvyTiffy?ref=seller_info_count

  40. Joanne July 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    If I were you I’d try to squeeze a Datura or Eucalypt blouse out of it.
    The dress is absolutely stunning. I love the pleated detail and the curved hem.

  41. Philippa July 17, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    It’s gorgeous. So is the slip!

  42. Anonymous July 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    Looks amazing!! I have dress envy

  43. Adrienne July 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    Woah! I had no idea about this 4-ply silk. It IS not on a cheap side, I will give you that! Holly bajeesus, 45$ a yard? But if you say it’s just that amazing, I will take your word on it and give it a shot for slip at some point.

    • LLADYBIRD July 18, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      Yeah, it’s fucking expensive as shit!! But I do think it’s worth it – for one, it’s easier to cut than your standard thin china silk (so less tears of frustration in the cutting phase); two, you don’t need a whole lot to make a slip (I think I used a little less than a yard; maybe even closer to 3/4 yard or 1/2 a yard. I bought a yard and half and I have a lot left over, at least enough to make a simple blouse), even less if your slip isn’t bias-cut or super long; three, yeah, it starts out expensive, but if you consider all the lining you don’t have to buy/sew for your future dresses, I think it evens out. One $50~ slip versus dropping $15-$30 worth of lining in EACH dress. Also, since it’s silk, it’ll be nice and warm under things in the winter!

      To sum up, yes it’s expensive… but I can justify it πŸ˜‰ Get a swatch and see for yourself, there’s a reason other bloggers have been flipping out over this fabric πŸ™‚

  44. Lisa July 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Leave a little fabric for a totally 1940’s, lady-about-town toque hat or turban! (that last ensemble has got me thinking MATCHING EVERYTHING, ALWAYS) Such a cute print!!!!

  45. Marie July 17, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    No wonder this is your favourite make to date…it’s stunning Lauren! Really, really stunning! I love all the 40s design details and the fabric is a perfect match. If I lived nearby, I would totally break in and steal it ;o)

  46. Esz (@kittysdrawings) July 17, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    You need to make a 40’s BLOUSE. Yes! Like the Sencha blouse from Collette but I reckon use a real vintage pattern instead.

    And you know how much I LOVE your dress – and the slip! Now I have some 4ply crepe of my own. It might even be 6ply (It was a bit of a random purchase – got it for $25p/m!). Its like butter. Its also red – which is very hair clashing. I was going to make a dress out of it. So you say it doesnt slip and warp and want to run away?
    YAY

  47. Novita July 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Ooooh I have this print too in crepe de chine! I had it trashed for a couple of years now, too afraid to cut it. Seeing ow pretty it is on you as a dress makes me want to start working on mine!

    • verypurpleperson July 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

      I meant stashed not trashed! >_<

  48. meredith July 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    I have 3 yds of this print, too! So far I’ve left it in the too-pretty-to-cut pile, but it looks so fantastic in your 40s dress that I think have to use mine before summer ends. (Not to be all Bridget Fonda/Jennifer Jason Leigh, haha) Your slip is also quite lovely — nice to know the 4 ply silk is totally worth it.

  49. Janice July 17, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    It looks beautiful! I love the parrots. Well done!

  50. Megan July 17, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    Wow, I am completely in love with this fabric. The birds are so awesome. I agree that it fits well with the pattern. Beautiful make!

  51. craftinlightenment July 17, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    The dress and slip are stunning! Is there some way you could use that extra fabric to make a hat and a clutch to wear with a little black dress? If not, I’d make a skirt!

  52. Cirque Du Bebe July 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    Um lady, this dress is the shiz! Most perfect fabric pattern combination every and you look amazing in it!

  53. missjoiedevivre July 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    Oh wow wow wow wow. This is beautiful, in that lustful, soft-sigh inducing way that only a few things have (although you have a lot of those, more than anyone’s fair share.) I love the idea someone said above to make it into a blouse to go with your yellow wool crepe skirt! It’d look great paired with a bunch of different solid coloured skirts; hot pink, emerald green…

    And as for that slip? I will never be able to look at a store-made slip again without disgust. Stunning.

  54. Amanda July 17, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    Face meltingly lovely fabric and dress! With a yard I say knock out a slinky tank to wear with jeans!

  55. Angela Woodruff July 17, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    Last yard-a fab scarf for a jeans/tshirt day!

  56. Siobhan Andrews July 18, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    I am very envious of both your amazing sewing ability and that truly gorgeous
    fabric (which Mood have sold out of-dam,dam, dam). They may not ship to Australia anyway. …. Have been looking for a suitable draping fabric for Pattern Runways Coffee Date Dress and although very different I had’t considered silk which now seems a perfect choice. Cheers Siobhan

    • LLADYBIRD July 18, 2013 at 9:18 am #

      Yeeeeah, I think I actually bought the last 4 yards. I’M SORRY!!!

      Also, Mood totally ships to Australia now!! Just FYI… I’m always here to enable, if you need it πŸ˜‰

  57. Fiona July 18, 2013 at 1:07 am #

    What a gorgeous dress! That fabric is divine. You did a fantastic job on both the dress and the slip!

  58. Fiona July 18, 2013 at 1:25 am #

    Both the pattern and the fabric are awesome and both REALLY suit you, especially the colours in that print. Love the fancy button too! I reckon you should make a flippy little skirt for summer, could get away with it with black tights in winter too!

  59. Gabrielle July 18, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    Oh it’s just gorgeous – a perfect pairing of that amazing fabric with a pattern, and looks amazing on you too!

    With the leftover fabric, could you make a spaghetti strap camisole top with it? I think it’d be cute with jeans…

  60. Clare Szabo (@Clarebel79) July 18, 2013 at 4:28 am #

    Ah this is lovely! Enjoyed reading this as I want to work with some georgette soon and I’m not sure how bad ass it is. Oh and yeah, that slip is HAWT! x

  61. Sarah Sew Love July 18, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    baaaaaa that print is amazeballyballys!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ yay for birds!!!! xx

  62. Whitney A. July 18, 2013 at 5:37 am #

    I can totally see that being a cute blouse under a blazer of one of the colors of the bird like pink or that bright green.

  63. Roisin July 18, 2013 at 5:55 am #

    Ah! I am crazy in love with this. I love Tilly’s suggestion of making a lounge set from that last yard – I was thinking maybe you could just hem the edges and use it as a scarf – that way when it’s too cold to wear the lovely dress, you could have a lovely silk scarf πŸ™‚

  64. ShanniLoves July 18, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Adorable! ^^^Lounge set all the way!

  65. zilredloh July 18, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    I commented over on mood but here I am again on your site! πŸ™‚

    Truth be told, I’ve never sewing with a 4-ply silk crepe…. only a 3-ply silk crepe. I’ve handled the 4-ply and it’s very very similar to the 3-ply, the main difference being price. I was able to find a “cheap” 3-ply at vogue fabrics for $20 a yard (if I recall correctly).

    I totally hoard this fabric in my stash, and I only just made my birdy blouse with it and the underlining of my lace macaron dress. I still have a few more yards of both cranberry but like I said… it’s a hoarding fabric for me. πŸ™‚

    I love that you made a slip out of yours! You could wear it under dresses and on its own for lounging around the house on hot days. Such a wonderful idea!

  66. kimmie July 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    you should make a few really large head scarves so you could drive in a convertible, Thelma and Louise style. Isn’t that what you have to do when you wear a head scarf. No, but for realsies, that would be cute scarf fabric.

  67. Veronica Darling July 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    OMG Amazing! I haven’t looked at your blog for a bit, and OMG WHAT ARE YOU CRAZY?! You are sewing like a professional! xoxo

  68. dixie July 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    Lauren, I love this! Gorgeous fabric and the style looks lovely on you. I also really like the changes you made to the Ruby pattern and the cute lace.

    Maybe you could squeeze a Scout out of about a yard?

    Also, I just thought about this and it could be totally not the case but I wonder if the fact that it’s a 40s pattern and a lot of 40s patterns are designed to have shoulder pads if that had anything to do with having too much excess sleeve cap fabric. Like maybe the pattern is designed for extra ease to accommodate a pad? And (just to make up for obvious flaws in my theory) perhaps the crepe was more easily manipulated into submission? I don’t know. I think I’m just making shit up at this point. πŸ˜‰

  69. black label July 19, 2013 at 4:00 am #

    cutest thing ive ever seen being made with some silk birds i tell ya! & three cheers for going the slip route rather than lining!

  70. mokosha July 19, 2013 at 4:53 am #

    i can totally see why is this your favorite thing you ever made! that’s a gorgeous dress, and slip as well.. and that fabric is to die for!

  71. Mugsy July 19, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    Amazing fabric, and such terrific work done by you! I’ve lurked here for a while, but thought I should finally comment… πŸ™‚
    Wonder what the lovely and talented Oonaballoona would do with the extra yardage?
    You have yourself a terrific day!

  72. Gjeometry July 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Very pretty dress and I’m in love with that fabric! You could make a mini circle skirt with the remainder.

  73. Renay July 22, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    Love. that. fabric.
    !
    Looks fabbo πŸ™‚

    Nuf said…

  74. Ines May 9, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

    Oh no you didn’t !!! I missed the boat on this fabulous fabric, everything I see it it hurts buaaaaaaa! Your dress is perfection it got that 40’s vibe , the fabric is amazing , lovely all around!

  75. PsychicKathleen January 9, 2017 at 9:50 am #

    I love the whole ensemble! But using 4 ply silk for the slip made me giggle – how perfect! I always think I should “show off” that silk but having it rustle against my skin is what I love the most about it so why not?? Beautiful work Lauren and the work you put into this is truly amazing. Nicest slip ever – I also love your added button at the side gather.

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