For this post, we're bringing you something from one of the Sew it Yourself Challenge Team. This creation is from Laura, and she's made the perfect custom fit dress, in our gorgeous Damson Chiffon.

Here's Laura's make in full:

Damson Dress 1


It may surprise some of you but I have never sewn from a bought pattern before.....I have always just made my own that way I know it will fit me perfectly, so this was a new venture for me.

I read the instructions through word for word and got to cutting out the right pieces for the dress.

I stitched a simple toile for this dress to ensure that it would fit me right. I'm glad I did because I had to make a few adjustments to the skirt and round my bust to give me more space to breathe but other than that it fitted well.

The damson chiffon fabric is fairly see through so for the lining I used a light blue cotton I had spare. Underneath the chiffon you can barely tell its there. 

Chiffon can be a tricky fabric to cut and sew with. I had to buy a new pair of scissors for this fabric as my others just weren't sharp enough no matter how much I tried to sharpen them.  Lots of pins and weighing the chiffon down and it was pinned and ready to cut. With my new scissors it was a dream to cut.
The dress was fairly quick to sew together, the biggest issue I had was deciding how to finish the seams inside. When I first started this project I was set on doing French seams but the chiffon fabric did not want to press into place so I took the brave decision to over lock the seams. It took some time to get the lining and the chiffon to line up perfectly. 

Another beautiful dress to add to my collection of possible dresses to my Brother-in-laws wedding in August Think this is a good contender.. I may need to have some wardrobe changes throughout the day so I can wear them all.
Sew it yourself challenge

If you fancy having a go at making this dress yourself, here's what you'll need:

Vogue V8947 Sewing pattern ► Here

Chiffon fabric, available in other colours as well as Damson ► Here

You'll need a zip too! Get one ► Here

Thread to match the Damson chiffon ► Here

Feel like sharing anything you've made with our fabrics? We'd love to hear from you - just drop us a line here.

Happy Sewing!