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Ranchero Rayon Chambray Dress

I am so excited to have joined the Califabrics Blog, and to share all of the fabulous things I make with their fabric! If you haven’t seen me or my blog, I’m Tori, and I write at The Doing Things Blog. I started sewing around 3 years ago, and I have loved it ever since then!

Today I am sharing a dress I made out of this chambray fabric (almost sold out but this is the same fabric in a darker blue). I used McCall’s pattern M7530 for this dress. The fabric is very lightweight and just a little sheer, so I decided to do version D of the pattern with a lining in the bodice and skirt. I used a white, light cotton fabric for the lining. I definitely could have gone without the lining and just wore a slip underneath, but I had never done a lining before and figured it would be good experience.

This fabric is really pretty and has fabulous drape. It does wrinkle pretty easily, but it’s a woven, so that’s to be expected. I ironed the skirt before taking these pictures and you can sort of see the wrinkles from me sitting in the car. If I were to do this project over, I might try using a Tricot Fusible interfacing (instead of the lining) to help stabilize the fabric a little better before sewing it together, since it’s pretty shifty.

This fabric is like most rayons, but it has a looser weave, so I had to be very careful not to snag the fabric (thankfully I didn’t have to do any unpicking!). As you can tell, it has really great drape and would make such a beautiful flowy skirt! It probably would have been more flattering if I had made it without the lining (the neckline would lay a little nicer for sure).

Overall I think this fabric would work really well for skirts, or maybe even a swing dress since it has such great drape.

Funny fact: The reason I’m laughing in the picture on the right is because my ten month old was growling at me! He’s going to be a lion for Halloween and his grandma and dad have been teaching him to growl. Haha!

Happy sewing!!

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