Nothing makes me happier right now! I’ve finally dusted off my machine, gone through my fabric stash and decided on a few patterns to start off with. I’m in the mood to revamp my wardrobe & even give some clothes away so I can make room for more. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and in the midst of Hurricane Irma, sewing is on the brain! I think watching all of this Project Runway may have something to do with my sudden need to sew something, but it’s all good with me!
I had to play process of elimination to come up with what my first DIY was gonna be. I even enlisted the power of my social media to help me decide! I’ve been holding onto Vogue Pattern V9242 for months now and I’m fully aware that we’re nearing the end of Summer but in Texas, I have a few more months of heat, so this off the shoulder top will still get some use.
V9242 is a great pattern to get back into the swing of things. I chose View C, omitted the ruffles & opted to use .25′ wide elastic on the neckline vs gathering. This saved me a step, after adding the straps, I was able to easily secure the straps above the elastic, hem the bottom and voila! I was done.
My fabric is a royal blue rayon challis from Cali Fabrics. It sews up easily and the drape is absolutely gorgeous. It falls off the body great and is super lightweight.
Fast Facts: Rayon Challis is very lightweight and has no stretch. This fabric wrinkles easily and the ends tend to fray once cut. Although I’ve never used this, you can use something like Fray Check if you don’t have a serger to combat the fray.
Rayon Challis is one of my favorite fabrics to wear because it’s soft to the touch and post-baby, I love fabrics that drape well. I would recommend this fabric for a variety of garments – maxi dresses, tops, tanks, you name it! If your looking for stylish comfort, rayon challis gets you there.
Until next time…