Addendum to the Chiffon Dress Photo Shoot

The Money Shot aka as good as it gets

Dress Front

Originally uploaded by Allegromouse

We had to take over 60 photos before we could actually find one good one of her showing off the dress….


Easter Chiffon Project Complete!

She finally liked it once I washed all the starch out and it didn’t feel like  she was wearing wax paper anymore.

Chiffon Dress

I am just glad that the fabric is gone and I will know better than to buy chiffon again!!!

Secret Weapon

Secret Weapon
Originally uploaded by Allegromouse

I cut the bodice three times before I was happy with it. I had completely forgotten how little forgiveness this fabric has for the impatient. My secret weapon is photographed here. I basically worked the fabric like it was cardstock. and this was an origami project.

I did have a plan of sorts

pattern pieces
Originally uploaded by Allegromouse

I had developed pattern pieces and everything. In the end the only “tailored” piece was the bodice. The high-rise skirt was the standard handkerchief
pattern which always hangs well, since it is all cut on the bias without a single seam.
I did have to ask Dr. Math  about calculating a radius when I only know the circumference. Who knew that geometry would still be important today. I would have paid attention if I had known. .

The Problem with Chiffon


Originally uploaded by Allegromouse

It is so sheer! I knew when I started this that I would need a plan.
So I just started cutting!

Hunk o’ Chiffon


Originally uploaded by Allegromouse

So Easter weekend it was time to finally do something with that tie-die chiffon I bought about 10 years ago in Vienna. It has been sitting in one of my stash boxes under the bed for a decade, shipped overseas once, moved within our own community twice and I needed to assign this really beautiful fabric a purpose.

So Hannah has this dress, which is far too small for her now, but she refuses to give it up. I was hoping to create something of a similar pattern that she would hopefully love as much.

Step one…Drag Hunk o’ Chiffon out from under the bed…(see over to the right…first attempt to blog directly from Flickr..not impressed)


Our New Apron

We cook a fair bit in our house.  We  cook a fair but in our house and involve Hannah as much as possible.  Every 5 year old needs their own apron, so we sewed this one up last Friday night!

My new apronMy new apron from a completely different angle