I was quite taken with Carolyn's comment concerning rewarding oneself (with special fabric naturally) for using burdensome stash, particularly as I was thinking the same thing myself after my excursion into stash busting. Why merely have a thrifty halo for making scrappy placemants when you could have a silk dress from the same stash?
Here is another Vogue 8728,
a pattern truly worthy of my nicest fabric, demonstrating that I can sew with silk, provided that it is well behaved thin silk broadcloth of an age that prevents me remembering the price(and thereby paralysing my scissors).
I thoroughly enjoyed sewing this dress. I took it very slowly, finishing the seams with binding (Liberty at the shoulders and self fabric at the side seams),
adding lingerie straps (bias tubes with snap fasteners) during construction and finishing the silk organza waist lining by hand so that there were no exposed messy edges.
I also finished the shoulder/sleeve hems with the tiniest-possible-for-me rolled hems by hand (thanks Sherry, for your excellent tutorial, but don't look too closely at my stitching) so that the dress would not look exactly like my other two, having a slightly more fluttery and longer sleeve.
I used self piping at the waist insert again, this time lengthening the upper bodice by 1cm first, which dramatically improved the fit in comparison to the Liberty lawn version (thanks again Sherry, for the constructive comment).
I finished the hem by hand, a project that added another week to the construction of my dress and in my opinion looks no better than using the machine blind hem - due no doubt to my lack of skill.
I was also waiting for fabulous photos of this dress on me, just like I am waiting for this to happen with my leather jacket,but decided my posting would become very scanty if I was to insist on fabulous photos for every project (or maybe any project).
I think it looks pretty good in real life, and you will just have to take my word for it after viewing the vaguely representative photo at the top of the post.
Mary Nanna has challenged me to make a wool coat. She probably did not know she was doing this, by merely mentioning the limp wristedness of Auckland quality winters, but I have taken it that way. Surely everyone who lives in the subtropics should make a wool coat in high summer? They should knit a wool blanket too......Maybe another silk dress would be a better idea. I am taking my husband out to lunch this Friday in honour of the first one. It needs an outing.