Sallie's Sewing Spotlight
Sallie seems to have the Midas touch. If you poke around on her blog, you'll see that everything she makes is gold! Even her amazing illustrations, holy moly, woman, UBER talented!!! I love this version of Satsuki; the silk has such a beautiful, dark smokiness to it and a beautiful drape. I've become partial to this dress in black, and it's so nice to see such a lovely version and such pretty photos! Take a look at Sallie's post on the dress too; it's a good laugh!
How long have you been sewing, and would you describe yourself as a novice, beginner, intermediate, or advanced seamstress?
I've been sewing for about 3 1/2 years now. I began teaching myself after finishing grad school and moving away from my family and being in a weird transitional place in my life. I'm not even exaggerating when I say that sewing helped me through my quarter-life crisis! I would describe myself as an intermediate seamstress, if only because my approach to teaching myself was so haphazard that I tackled some really complicated things in the beginning and have only recently figured out some "beginner" skills.
What type of fabric did you use for this creation? Is there a type of fabric that would have been more suitable?
I used a black silk crepe de chine that has a lovely matte finish. It is lightweight, but opaque and has a beautiful drape. I really loved this fabric for the Satsuki dress. When the pattern first came out, I read on the Victory Patterns blog that you had made one in black, and I became obsessed with making one of my own. I was very satisfied with this fabric for this pattern, I think the two make a perfect pair. I'm actually sewing up a second Satsuki in a hand-painted silk noil. It's a much heavier weight with a slightly stiffer drape, but it still works beautifully. I really love patterns that can handle a variety of fabric so each time you make it up, it feels fresh and new. I think the Satsuki is one of those patterns.
Did you make any personal adjustments to the pattern to make it your own?
Nope. I thought it was just lovely as is! However, for my second version, I did deepen the neckline on both back and front so I can wear it with the v-neck in the back if I want to. I like that it gives the dress another look.
Where do you wear this piece?
I've worn my Satsuki many places. I think it's an incredibly versatile dress. I've worn it with flats or sandals to work, and I've also dressed it up for openings at my gallery or parties. The dress gets around, and it gets lots of compliments!
Thanks so much for sharing your dress with us, Sallie. I can't wait to see the next one!
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