The sky just dumped half a foot of snow on us in New York City, but that’s not stopping me from dreaming about spring. I miss flowy florals, so today’s project features this magnificent print from Carolina Herrera. The drape is lovely and the crinkled chiffon has the slightest sheen, which is gorgeous. It’s like it was made to be a maxi dress!
Fabrics & materials used:
- 3 yards Carolina Herrera Black and Ivory Floral Printed Crinkled
- 3 yards Black Silk Crepe de Chine
- 1 yard Black Braided Faux Leather Trim
- Size 3 Black Sew On Snaps
The shape of the dress itself is fairly simple. I fold my fabric on the bias and used the full width for each panel, following the template above. I cut the same exact shape from the chiffon for the front and back panels. I also cut the same shape from the crepe de chine so that the hems of both skirt layers would be similar, however I added 8 large darts to the lining to cut down on bulk around the waist.
I attached the front and back at the shoulders, using a simple rolled hem to finish the sleeves. A 2″ collar created the perfect mock neck neckline and I cut a slit down the middle back toward the waist, fastening it up top with two sew-on snaps.
Since the darts made the lining significantly smaller than the chiffon, I evenly gathered the floral overlay by pinning it to the crepe de chine using some straight pins and used a zig-zag stitch to secure them.
A length of this beautiful faux leather trim made the perfect belt to cinch the rest of the waistband.
This silhouette is simple, but the beautiful fabric makes the dress absolutely stunning. It flows beautifully and is incredibly light, making it the perfect transition outfit for those outdoor parties that will be happening this coming spring and summer.
What are your thoughts on this dress? Are you going to give it a try? Be sure to tag Mood if you do!