Hello everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your early autumn (or spring, depending on your hemisphere). Here in the Land of Endless Summer (a.k.a Texas) I’m still enduring the heat and humidity. Honestly, I can take the high temperatures, it’s the mosquitos that are driving me crazy!
However, as the weather hints at cooler days ahead I’ve decided to celebrate with a fun, and gratuitously girly make!
One day while I was trolling the Mood Fabrics website (like you do) I decided to venture into a new-to-me territory – polyester. I’ve always avoided synthetic fabric because of the heat and humidity issue mentioned above, not to mention one or two less than pleasant experiences working with the stuff early on in my sewing days. But I guess I was feeling a bit curious as to what I might be missing out on, so I decided to put my past poly-prejudices aside and look at the stuff with an open mind. And holy smokes am I glad I did!! At the time there were two colorways of this fabulous Marc Jacobs viscose print available (sadly, both are long gone now, but you can check Mood’s other poly prints out here). My first love was not this colorway you see here, but it’s sister fabric which was a lovely deep plum/blue color with coral flowers (if you happen to own that fabric know that I am very very jealous!!). However, my speedy ordering was not quick enough and I had to console myself with this bubblegum pink and green number you see before you. BEST SECOND PLACE PRIZE EVER!
I honestly had no idea what to expect with this fabric, what with my past experience with synthetics being so dodgy. Let me just say I was more than pleasantly surprised! This fabric is medium weight, but with a lovely fluid drape. The right side has a crepe-like feel to it, while the back side is slippery and silky. I machine washed it and threw it in the dryer and it came out perfect. It did have that slightly ‘spongey’ feel when I cut into it that synthetic fabrics can sometimes have, and I found that it was a bit shifty when it came time to handle it. But my big worry was how it would press, because that was one of my main gripes with polyesters I’ve used in the past. Well, no worries there, because this stuff loved the iron!
My initial thought was to pair this fabric with a 40’s style day dress since it has such a fun, vintage-y feel to it. I still think this would be a great pattern + fabric combo, but honestly, not very me. So I scrapped that idea. Then the girls over at By Hand London released their Holly Jumpsuit pattern and I knew I had found my pattern to pair with this fun fabric. Not only do I love jumpsuits, but I simply can’t say ‘no’ to something with so much disco flair! I actually made two muslins of this pattern (very rare for me) to try and get a good fit through the bust and back. However once I saw how much my fabric stretched when cut on the bias (the front bodice is bias cut) I scrapped all my changes and just went with the pattern as drafted. This was, indeed, the right move because in this much drape-ier fabric I have plenty of room!
This pattern came together relatively smoothly. I muttered curses while finagling the bias binding at the top of the bodice into place, but we got there in the end. But I did make a big boo-boo when attaching the waist and setting in the zipper. I didn’t realize that the front of the bodice had stretched in length due to being cut on the bias so when I set in my zipper my waist seams TOTALLY didn’t match up! By, like, 3/8 of an inch. Aaaand… I left it like that. I mean, who’s gonna notice my waist seam once I stun them with my sweet moves on the dance floor??
My final concern with this fabric was how it would wear in the heat, since it really is hot 3/4 of the year here, and once again! I was pleasantly surprised! If this photo shoot is any indication this fabric is possibly the most breathable synthetic I’ve ever encountered. So a total winner in my book! Maybe I’ve become a poly-convert? Either way, I’m pretty in love with my new, flirty jumpsuit. Maybe not the most practical of garments, but, you know, throw on a cardigan and it’s totally office appropriate!
No? Maybe?? Just a little?
What are your thoughts on polyester? What about polyester jumpsuits?? And can somebody please teach me some moves?!