Another fun dress, another fun photoshoot! This time, the dress is a 1922 design by Madeleine Vionnet made with silk chiffon, and the locale is Devil's Golf Course at Death Valley National Park.
I made this dress from two layers of aqua/blue iridescent silk chiffon with a white silk charmeuse lining. I considered using only one layer of silk chiffon, but I found that the chiffon was so thin that I really did need two layers to maintain the vibrant colors of the fabric.
Silk chiffon is a difficult fabric to work with, but this project went far better than I anticipated. Even so, I am never going to sew with silk chiffon again. It is far too easy to destroy it through normal sewing and normal wear. I used sharp pins so as not to damage the fabric, but even then, the fabric would shift around and the pins would snag on other areas, ripping tiny holes in the chiffon. The scratchy side of velcro also snags the fibers and rips them. See below, for example. Given the amount of damage it has already sustained, I really don't know how long this dress is going to hold up.