It turns out my ill-advised love affair with chiffon is not over. It’s a tricky minx- slithering around, fraying every which way, bunching up behind the needle. I keep trying to swear it off….
but then I wandered over to windmil fabrics on my lunchbreak yesterday and saw these gorgeous blue stripes. So I thought “one more thing can’t hurt…. lemme just whip up a July 4th maxi real quick.”
And that’s what I did! I’m quite pleased by how it turned out, and I finished it just in time for our backyard barbecue Well, sort of. In typical fashion, everyone showed up at least an hour late, and I was actually still sewing on the hook and eye when the first guest finally arrived.
This time the chiffon was a bit easier to work with. The last couple of things I’ve made were with silk chiffon, and it seemed to be a lot more slippery than this synthetic stuff was. The fabric is sheer, so a lining was necessary. I didn’t want to go full length though, so I lined it just to the knees to keep things breezy and avoid any sort of unintended Ren Faire/Sansa Stark effect.
I didn’t use a pattern for this one, I just read some blog posts to see how other people did it. Elastic waistbands usually look horrible on me, so I avoided that and instead went the invisible zipper route. I originally tried to make the waistband out of the lining fabric, thinking that it would be a cute detail (aka feeling too lazy to make a waistband out of the chiffon), but that turned out awful. The lining fabric looked cheap (probably because it is) and it was way too flimsy. So I ripped it out and decided to bite the bullet and make a waistband with the chiffon. Once I fused it to some interfacing it was even easier to work with than the lining fabric anyway, and I think the wide stripey waistband looks pretty awesome, so I’m glad I re-did it.
The whole project took maybe 5 hours and cost about $16. So eat your heart out, American Apparel:
Hope you all had a happy 4th!