Cranberry Rayon Dress for Early Fall
Hi there! I hope everyone is having a great start to their Fall season (if you’re in the northern hemisphere, that is!) This is always a weird time of year for me for sewing, because my brain has decided it’s autumn, but the weather is stubbornly, even vehemently, still very much summer. What’s a girl to do? One thing I rely on to add a shot of autumn into my otherwise summer wardrobe is color. And, as always, Mood delivers!
This Cranberry Floral Rayon Batiste is everything I love about a fabric! The color is so striking, and the floral pattern has a fun vintage vibe to it. And rayon batiste is – if possible – even softer and more lovely to wear against the skin than rayon challis, that fabric adored by every sweaty southern gal from here to there!
I think everyone has a color that they just gravitate towards over and over again, and for me it’s red. Must be the Aries in me! It’s true I love pretty much every color in the rainbow, in all their fantastic tints and hues, but there’s just something about a red dress that makes me feel like me, you know? And I think this deep garnet shade is particularly lovely for this time of year.
The pattern is the Lois Dress by Tessuti, which was just released. I do love that the Australians start releasing their spring and summer patterns this time of year, because – as I said – summer is far from over for me, but the new pattern releases help boost my enthusiasm for what feels like my relentless summer wardrobe sewing! (Hashtag, Texan problems). And this pattern is right up my alley. It’s simple, yet romantic. Vintage inspired, yet it feels perfectly modern. It skims the body and feels figure flattering while also being loose and non-constricting. And best of all, it’s made for drapey, flowy fabrics like this rayon batiste.
This dress is one of those that doesn’t look like much on the hanger, but really comes to life on the body. The details are subtle, but sophisticated and just work really well. The pointed waist of the skirt and the deep-v of the bodice are subtly enhanced by top stitching right at the edge. And the sleeves are finished by an arm band. But the most interesting part is the side invisible zip, which is inserted into a dart, and completely disappears!
All in all, this dress is true love for me – the silhouette, the subtle vintage-vibes, the floral pattern, and especially the color. What’s colors remind you of fall?