New dressmaking project: 3D chiffon flower dress

One of the downfalls of trying to find inspiration for keeping the creative juices flowing is finding new projects. That’s one such dilemma I find myself in. After taking a hiatus from sewing after all the dressmaking I had done last year for our wedding, I found myself in a quandry. I just couldn’t find the motivation to start sewing again. None of the fabrics in thes hop seemed to catch my interest. I needed something, anything to bring me out of this sewing block. Until I found similar fabric to this in the shop.


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The organza flower is overlaid with a multitude of 3D chiffon flowers or rosettes and is often used in photography as a textured backdrop to shoots of newborns and infants. You can also find a variety of colours and flower sizes, depending on what style you’re looking for.


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The world of fashion looks at introducing unique features to a design and has seen Emma Watson wearing a gown with a full skirt of handkerchief chiffon for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 premiere in London (see here). Designers have also been incorporating texture through 3D flowers to give their design more depth.

In the local fabric shop recently, I found a roll of black organza-type fabric with gold thread running through it. The gold thread over the black base colour gives the fabric an almost iridiscent quality with the volume of the 3D roses. It reminded me very much of the lace fabric I bought for the dress I made for our wedding reception…and so a new dressmaking idea formed in my head.


My wedding reception dress

Gold used to be a colour only used by the emperial family and anyone else found wearing it could be sentenced to death for daring to wear the colour of royals. Today, the colour can be widely found in jewellery, clothing and accessories to give distinction to the piece. There’s something about the combination of black and gold that really appeals to me. I’m not normally a big fan of the bright yellow colour of gold, but in an abyss of black, the colour just seems to shine through. Whatever it is, I’ve been very keen on the idea of making a full length dress with the black and gold lace on the bodice and the black and gold chiffon rosette fabric for a floor length skirt. Recently at the Craft Scotland blogger event (see here), designer Kirsteen Stewart spoke about pattern clashing but I couldn’t quite wrap my head around it. Maybe it’s the perfectionist in me, but I couldn’t figure out how the pattern
of tartan fabric could potentially work with, say, polka dots. Now I think I’ve got the idea.

The black and gold in both fabrics will give the dress a common theme. The lace bodice will be intricate and draw attention to the detail of the design while the 3D flowers on the A-line skirt will give it some volume and oomph. Again, the design of the fabric will draw your eye to the attention to work out how it all works to become such a full skirt.

To give you an idea of what I had in mind and to let you see the full effect of different 3D rosette/floral fabric against plain block coloured chiffon, I’ve found these designs for inspiration.


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What are your thoughts on 3D floral chiffon fabric? If you’ve used it before, what is your experience sewing with it?

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