Here is my Chantilly or should I say my Sophia Loren dress because I look so curvy in this dress
This could be the best dress I have sewn so far, the fit is perfect (not too tight). I don’t even have to do much adjustment. The fabric is absolutely awesome to work with. It is Nani Iro cotton fuccra double gauze, it is kind of pricey but I got it for 30% off during Aunt Bea’s liquidation sale (sorry to see the shop go though), it is so soft and has a perfect drape, totally a match made in heaven for this project. The only down side is this pattern requires a lot of yardage, I used all 4 yards that the pattern calls for.
Pattern Description: Chantilly from Colette Pattern
Pattern Sizing: I cut the smallest size
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? oh yeah
Were the instructions easy to follow? For the most part it is quite clear except for how to sew the lining in. The instruction call for sewing right sides together, but I couldn’t make it work so I did it my way, which is to join the right side of fashion fabric with the wrong side of the lining because when you flip the lining inside you want the right side to be next to your skin.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Like: I love how it looks romantic and flirty and it is also easy to sew
Dislike: nothing I don’t like…well, I don’t like the fact that it takes a crap load of fabric to sew (4 yards of fashion fabric + 4 yards of lining)
Fabric Used: fashion fabric is Nani Iro Fuccra in Cerulean Blue, I got it during Aunt Bea’s liquidation sale, also available here. Lining is a cotton batiste blend from Fabric.com
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The gathering on the bodice front makes my bosom look unusually big (not a bad thing but I do want to look natural) so I trim the top edge of the bodice front by 1″, that helps take off some excess fabrics
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I highly recommend it but perhaps will not sew again (Like Erica B, there’re way too many patterns I want to try out)
Through this project, I am now much more comfortable in inserting invisible zipper. I really hate zipper installation, it just never comes out perfect first time around. I always have to try more than once but i think I get it this time. The key is to use my zipper foot to guide me. I have always just used the regular foot to install invisible zipper.