Breezy Rayon Dress
Hi, guys! How’s everybody doing? I hope you’re all well!
Today’s project is a good example of the sewing I’ve been doing this summer… fun fabric in a simple shape. Fussy sewing and fussy garments just aren’t very fun in the heat! So when I picked out this rayon print from Mood Fabrics NYC, I just wanted to keep it breezy!
The fabric has a delicious crepe-y texture, and it’s ever so slightly sheer. Do I want to wear a slip in the summer? No. So, I went with a voluminous shape to counteract the transparency of the fabric. I think it works- no sneaky peekies on display in these photos, anyway!
I really enjoyed sewing this dress. The texture of the fabric gave it some grip, so it wasn’t slippery to cut or sew, and it responds beautifully to steam. I was careful, though, not to press with the iron on the right side. In a crepe fabric, the texture comes from the twist and crimp in the fibers, which can easily be crushed with the iron. When that happens, you get gross shine marks… no good! So I pressed from the wrong side, steamed from the right, and used my fingers to mush the steam into the seams. Super technical stuff!
The dress has center front and center back seams, and I was concentrating so hard on fitting all the pattern pieces on the fabric with the print all going the same direction that I didn’t even consider matching the print. Whoops! Hopefully it’s not too noticeable.
The pattern is the Sway dress by Papercut Patterns, the long variation with a tie belt. The other version is a mini length, meant to be worn loose and trapeze-y. The pattern is very easy to put together and the instructions are nice and clear. I chose to finish the seams with pinking sheers as serging or Hong Kong binding might show through or look lumpy on the right side. Instead of using fusible interfacing for the facings, I stitched in silk organza, because I’m a very fancy person and definitely not because I ran out of interfacing and accidentally ordered the wrong replacement.
WHAT IS THIS SORCERY?!?!
Why, it’s a reversible dress! Since it only needs to fit at the shoulders, it can be switched around and worn with either the v-neck or the round neckline facing the front! Tricky business!
Alright, now please tell me- what’s on your sewing table right now? Simple silhouettes with fun prints? All solids all of the time? Complicated tailoring projects? Do tell!