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A Silk Dupioni Dress is Staring at Me!

August 20, 2010

I am feeling completely mired down in what I now realize is a lack of confidence in myself – for no reason whatsoever. I have a wonderful project to complete for a friend. The project is straight forward and delightful – a Vogue pattern for a dress made from dupioni silk. I’ve already done the muslin – in two afternoons – and now I am procrastinating on the dress as though I’ve never sewn a stitch in my life. Hmm.

One of my favorite steps in the process of assembly is the hand stitching. I find it relaxing and rewarding. This is a bit ironic since I tend to get so excited along the way in most projects that I will impulsively take short cuts just to hold up a finished piece. I am flushed with satisfaction at that moment. And it makes me smile. So, the idea that I would draw satisfaction from this slow, tedious stage of construction is just surprising — but I do. The hand stitching is an integral part of the construction on this dress because it has all the couture techniques required to make it a quality garment.

I’ve hand sewn the marking lines, and now I am attaching the silk organza underlining to each piece prior to basting the full garment along the stitching lines for the first fitting. I’m getting more excited just writing about it. One of the advantages of this process is the ongoing opportunity to scrutinize each piece as well as each step. This brought to my attention the fact that the center front piece is naturally discolored in way that is completely unflattering. New piece required.

I love the color, process, pattern, and the woman who will wear it, so what in the world is the problem here? I am going to dedicate one of my weekend days just to this project!  I feel so much better now!

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