Silk becomes art
In this case, the gorgeous printed silk chiffon caught our eyes, and my client liked it very much. With the piece of light purple and pink silk satin as lining, it emphasises the floral pattern. But the big question was whether the fabric would suit style that we’d chosen?
When I looked at the fabric, the floral pattern quite prominent, so we decided to keep things simple and go with the sleeveless option. I firstly tried to cut the whole bunch of flowers to fit down the front. It looked ok, but still like something you see in shops every day. We wanted something special, something unique. We tried a couple more things but it still didn’t look that good.
Finally we create a big silk butterfly, skilfully hung around the neck. This looked gorgeous, and gave us the classy look we’d been trying to capture. As an aside – when we cut off the butterfly pieces, I just wanted to use the machine quickly to sew the seams up. But unfortunately, silk chiffon and silk sadden pucker up under the sewing machine if you attempt to sew them together pucker. So I had no choice but to hand stitch all the butterfly piece together and then carefully hand stitch the butterfly on the garment.