So, after I cut the pockets out of this delicious chocolate brown silk charmeuse for my suede jacket I wondered if I still had enough of it to make up what I had originally earmarked it to be. Which was a petticoat. So I just went ahead with it, whimsically; since I actually have no designated thing to wear it under yet and now it's hanging all alone on its hanger in the wardrobe. An orphan, a sad and lonely little thing, the petticoat with no dress. And it's such gorgeous fabric too. Shimmery soft and delightfully whispery against the skin. I'm going to looooove wearing it, one day.
Maybe I'll be totally, wickedly, gloriously self-indulgent and give it to myself for a summer nightie this year. Maybe. If I'm good ;)
The fabric was from Fabulous Fabrics and the pattern is Vogue 1160, which is really a dress pattern. This is the accompanying petticoat, which is a very nice, quick and simple little pattern. The pieces are all cut on the bias which makes for a beautiful drape. I looked at the underbust darts on each bodice piece; two of them, both quite wide, and just had to laugh. Not with my bust! I eliminated some bodice width by folding the pattern piece a little between the 2 dart markings and in lieu of darts gathered excess width into the relevant area of the skirt front. Silk charmeuse gathers just beautifully and imo the soft gathers are prettier and look much nicer than a dart.
The side seams are sewn in French seams and the shoulder straps are tiny spaghetti straps. Turning out skinny straps is usually a pain in the neck, but not with this slippery stuff which turns out like a absolute dream. A dream, I tell you!!
I almost feel like making another one straight away just so I can turn out more spaghetti straps. :)