Monday, August 16, 2010

Chiffon - A word that strikes terror into a quilter's heart

I know some of you are wondering what I am doing since I haven't posted anything for days! Well, I'm still working on my daughter's bridesmaid dress and trying to find something for me to wear to the wedding.

The bridesmaid dress will be made of wine colored satin with chiffon sleeves and belt of the same color. Definitely not fabrics I'm used to sewing or even enjoy sewing! I am doing OK with the satin but the chiffon ... oh my. Anyone who has sewn chiffon have any good tips? I had to buy more of it today because I made a mistake on the belt. Tomorrow is another day and I've already got plans how to not make the same mistake.

Meanwhile, I've given up on finding something ready made for me to wear and today I purchased a pattern and fabric for a dressy blouse. Its been a really long time since I've sewn a Vogue pattern and we shall see how "Easy" it really is!

I'm not convinced I picked the right fabric though. I wanted something that didn't clash with the wedding colors (wine and black) and complimented my gray hair and complexion. This shouldn't surprise me but I bought my favorite color - a bright pink crepe fabric for the blouse. Not so sure that it really goes with the wine color so I'm still open to other possibilities.

A close second choice was a green chiffon print but as soon as I checked the fabric content on the end of the bolt and saw the "C" word, I put it back on the shelf! Need something a little less stressful than that.

If you e-mailed me and I haven't responded its because I'm trying to finish the bridesmaid dress and my blouse. Hopefully, I will be able to post photos of them soon. You probably have no idea how much I'm looking forward to sewing with 100% cotton fabrics again!


  1. Well I sew a lot of clothing, and I still hate Chiffon. My only tip would be to pin A LOT, and if you have a serger, use it.

  2. You are a very brave woman Mayleen! I can remember making my bridesmaid dress to wear in my best friend's wedding a very very long time ago and it had a chiffon cape. All I can remember was that there was a special foot to go on mum's sewing machine to do the rolled hem. Sorry I can't be more help than that.

    Good luck with it all and I am looking forward to seeing photos of your creations.

  3. Good luck on the dress. We get so spoiled working with great cottons and is so hard to break away and do garment sewing. I think a person either loves it or hates it.
    Love your 'daily blessings'.