Thank you all for your comments on my post about the red Spiral dress. I am writing up the instructions for the pattern but in the mean time I have another spiral dress to show you.
This was one of those projects that started well and then sat in the wardrobe “maturing” for a couple of years whilst I decided what to do about it. Fortunately my lovely friend Alice’s birthday party gave me the motivation and impetus to get it finished.
I used crepe de chine from Beckford Silk – silk is lovely to work with and this fabric is one of the best. As always spiral dresses take a lot of space to cut out. I had stiff knees when I’d finished as the only space big enough was my bed room floor.
I pinned the spiral seam wrong sides together, ran it through the overlocker, pressed it right sides together and sewed the seam to make a very neat and easy French seam. Using the overlocker gives an even edge and ensures you don’t have any mishaps with the seam allowances. I was worried that with such a long seam it would be easy to find I’d made a mistake and I didn’t fancy unpicking the silk.
After that it sat in the wardrobe, and then sat in the wardrobe some more. The problem was that I could see it had potential but I wasn’t quite sure how to finish it. I wanted to add sleeves but didn’t want to used the striped fabric.
Eventually inspiration struck and two days before the party I took out my stretch sleeve block and cut a pair of sleeves from some viscose jersey. I then added a facing at the neckline and a couple of hours before the party a rolled hem.
I’ve avoided the trend for maxi dresses up to now as they tend to make me look a bit dumpy, but I am pleased with this one. The bias cut is flattering and very comfortable to wear.