Tools and materials:
- Pattern paper
- Needle and thread
- Sewing machine
- Satin fabric
For this DIY project, I wanted to work a little bit out of my comfort zone. I normally don’t work with satin but I decided to sew a beautiful autumn dress using satin even though it is a difficult fabric to work with. This flowing dress with a cinched waist has been the perfect addition to my autumn wardrobe.
To create the pattern for this dress, I used a shirt pattern I already had. I carefully noted all the changes I needed to make and copied each piece including the changes.
I traced each pattern piece onto my fabric and cut out all the pieces.
I wanted two darts on the front panels, so I started by pleating the darts and sewing them in place.
I placed the front pieces, right sides facing and sewed leaving a 10 cm (4 inch) opening on the top.
I cut off the excess fabric using my serger and then topstitched the upper opening in place.
Next, I pinned the front and back pieces, right sides facing, and sewed. Once again, I cut the excess fabric using my serger.
I cut extra fabric to make the collar and added some light interfacing on the inner layer. I pinned the 2 layers and sewed them together. I then turned the collar right side out and ironed it carefully.
I sewed one side of my collar on with my machine and then hand sewed the other side in place.
With my collar safely attached, I could start working on the sleeves. I started by gathering the top of the sleeves.
DIY satin dress
I then pinned the sleeves onto the bodice and sewed them on. Once the sleeves were on, I cut the excess fabric using my serger.
Next, I had to finish sewing the sleeves and the sides of the bodice.
For the wrists, I pinned two rectangles of fabric together. To attach them to the sleeves, I repeated the process I had done for the collar. I sewed on one side with the machine and the other by hand.
I could finally move on to work on the skirt of the dress, The skirt would be made of two panels with gathering on the top. I cut out the panels and then started gathering.
I went back to the machine and sewed all the pieces together and then I used my serger to cut off the excess fabric.
I love this perfect, flowing autumn dress! What color satin fabric would you use for this dress? Let me know in the comments!
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