I have no idea why I waited so long to work with Silk Fabric, maybe it was because I thought that it's too delicate and would be a nightmare to handle, but I was so wrong.
I had read that Silk Dupion is the easiest silk to sew so it was the obvious choice for my first attempt, and I couldn't resist the gorgeous rich color of the bronze color way.
I ordered 2m and when it arrived I just loved how it felt, the smooth but crisp feel, the naturalness (is that even a word?) and the irregular texture is amazing, oh and I nearly forgot to mention how wonderful the rustle sound is.
If you want to see the fabric up close (and hear that rustle) check out my video here.
I wanted to make a skirt, something that could be dressed up or down, and I fell in love with the Deer and Doe Chardon Skirt, I love a pleated skirt as it gives great shape, and I also adore a skirt with a facing waist finish (rather than a waistband) as I find them so much more comfortable to wear.
The pattern sewed up really easily, the instructions were great and I had no issues at all, the fit is also great, mine is ever so slightly big at the waist, but this is how I like my skirts (as an IBS sufferer it always helps to have a bit of breathing space).
One thing to note is that I didn't shorten the length and for me it's just right. As I'm classed as petite height it could mean that it may be a bit shorter than some people may like (if you are taler than me), so just check this before cutting out.
I also love how the skirt can be dressed up or down depending on what its worn with.
After I'd finished the skirt I realized that I had a tiny bit of fabric leftover, I decided to make a peplum top from a self drafted pattern, but I made a pretty big error.
I had totally forgotten that I hadn't added seam allowance to my pattern, and it was too late before I'd realized, so I just sewed it up with the smallest seam allowance that I could, and it worked out ok, it basically has no ease, but it's still wearable.
I would also have preferred a slightly longer peplum, but I didn't have enough fabric, so instead I finished the hem with bias binding to reduce the amount that the hem shortened the peplum by.
I love how I can tuck the top into the skirt, add a belt and hey presto I have a beautiful dress!
So, in summary, don't wait as long as I have to sew with silk, it is so beautiful and was not difficult to sew at all, Dupion is definitely a great place to start.
Thanks for reading and happy sewing.