Polka Dot Fun

Mood Fabric’s Rayon Challis polka dot made into Simplicity 8084

 

What do you do when fall doesn’t come around?  Well, I am just going to keep sewing for the temperatures.  We are fluctuating from 60 degrees to mid-80 degrees, so I pulled out  Mood Fabrics’ Navy Polka Dotted Rayon Challis and went to work on a great dress that I can wear now and later.

 

Mood Fabric's Rayon Challis polka dot made into Simplicity 8084

 

 

I went with Simplicity 8084 for the dress and I am in love with this style.  I have found regular shirtdresses do not do much for my straight figure but with the drawstring waist and the blouson-type  top, this one really works.  My number one recommendation for this rayon challis fabric is to make sure you have a new needle.  Yes, I forgot to change my needle and I had a few thread pulls/runs at the seams.   I have to get in the habit new project = new needle!

 

This rayon challis has the best hand and drape, which is perfect for this pattern.  One other thing I need to point out, it is on sale!  Don’t worry if the polka dots are not your style, check out the other Mood Fabric’s rayon challis.

 

Mood Fabric's Rayon Challis polka dot made into Simplicity 8084 close up details

 

Let’s talk pattern details and construction details.  The most important one is read carefully, this patterns moves from 5/8 seams to 3/8 seams.  Next, the length, I added  one inch to the length.  This may or may not be enough for you, just check your comfort level.  I really like the length of this one, the length fits the  style and is perfect for the warmer temps.    For comparison, I am 5’8″ tall and almost always add an inch to all my patterns.

 

Mood Fabric's Rayon Challis polka dot made into Simplicity 8084

 

 

The pattern only has one back yoke piece so I cut two yokes and finished the back yoke in the burrito method (tutorial here).

 

Mood Fabric's Rayon Challis polka dot made into Simplicity 8084 - back view

 

The front of this dress had a beautiful covered placket and I loved this with the polka dots, no buttons to distract from the front.  A covered  placket is something I haven’t sewn recently, so I folded and worked with the pattern piece until I had it figured out.  Another resource is the video tutorial for this dress made by the pattern designer, Mimi G, just check the pattern link above to find the tutorial.

Mood Fabric's Rayon Challis polka dot made into Simplicity 8084 side view

Another thing I changed on the pattern is the drawstring.  which you cut two.  The pattern has you sew the two pieces together, sew 3/8″ seam all around and leave an opening in the center then turn the drawstring through that opening.  I sewed the two pieces individually, turned each one and then sewed the raw ends together, overlapping a bit.  This is a very long drawstring and I found this to be very simple.  The seam is always going to be enclosed in the casing and it made the task much easier turning the shorter pieces.  I tied the other ends in a small knot, trimming the excess.

Mood Fabric's Rayon Challis polka dot made into Simplicity 8084 side view

 

The sleeves have a 4 inch hem allowing for the cuff and button tab.  One thing with my challis, it would not hold the cuff, so I stitched in the ditch at the underarm seam.  This helped but my cuff still wanted to fall out.  I decided to unbutton the tab and stitch the cuff in place under the tab.  The tab hides this stitching line and my cuff stays in place nicely now.

Mood Fabric's Rayon Challis polka dot made into Simplicity 8084 sleeve detail

 

I really enjoyed making this dress as it had some different features – the hidden placket, drawstring, curved hem, cuffed sleeves, which combined make a great looking dress.  One other tip, when sewing the casing in place make sure it is perfectly even on both sides of center front.

 

The dress will be good when fall arrives here in Missouri, I can throw on a denim jacket, maybe some tights/leggings and keep wearing this fabulous dress.  You might recognize this fabric, as  Sallieoh recently made a fabulous skirt, which is stunning.

 

Mood Fabric's Rayon Challis polka dot made into Simplicity 8084

 

 

I just want to say….. Happy Fall Y’all!

Mood Fabric's Rayon Challis polka dot made into Simplicity 8084

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Comments


  • Erica Bunker
    October 27, 2016

    Such a cute dress! You’ve reminded me what fabric I need in my stash!

    • Lori
      October 31, 2016

      Thank you, Erica, I am enjoying sewing the challis.

  • Manju
    October 27, 2016

    You know I am already a fan of this pattern: love your version. The fabric looks wonderful to wear.

    • Lori
      October 31, 2016

      Well, I made this dress because of your incredible dress, Manju! I love yours and love mine, too. It is a great pattern and this fabric was perfect.

  • Amanda S.
    October 27, 2016

    I just love this style on you. It’s casual chic, which seems perfectly appropriate for your lifestyle. The polka dots are a fun touch. I think I need this pattern too, as I’m pretty straight up and down and like the blousy top look.

    • Lori
      October 31, 2016

      Thanks, Amanda, I am going to make some blouses with this shape/drawstring. I really think I would like them.

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    October 27, 2016

    Love this dress! I used to wear shirt dresses all the time when I was younger then somewhere along the line lost my connection to them but you’ve inspired me! I also just love the polka dots in navy and white. Thank you for posting links to the burrito method too. I prefer that method for yoke as well but I always need a refresher on it forgetting from one time to the next since I don’t do it so often!

    • Lori
      October 31, 2016

      Thanks, Kathleen, something so classic about navy and white!

  • Irene
    October 27, 2016

    Love, love, love your shirt dress! Love the polka dots. Love the style on you.

    • Lori
      October 31, 2016

      Thank you so much, Irene

  • Fiona
    November 6, 2016

    This is a fantastic dress Lori! A total classic you can wear for years. The fabric looks fab and you’ve made me look twice at this pattern