I love reading sewing blogs to come up with inspiration for future projects. Sometimes I find things I love so much that I want to directly copy them. That was the case with this Staple dress. I saw Sew Charleston’s dress and promptly ordered the fabric to make my own.
This was the first time I’d worked with rayon challis. This particular rayon is from Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study line. I can’t find this color online anywhere, but here is a different color available the AMH shop. It’s a really nice, drapey fabric but it’s a bit slippery. I just had to be sure to use lots of pins so the fabric didn’t shift while I was sewing.
I love the finished dress in this rayon. It’s got great drape compared to the version I made from quilting cotton. I used french seams for a nice clean finish. At the time I made this, I couldn’t wrap my brain around how to do the pockets with french seams, so I omitted them. Of course, I am constantly trying to put my hands in the pockets that are not there. (And who knows why I thought that doing a french seam on a pocket would be any different than any other seam?)
This is such a simple dress to put together and I feel very chic and polished in it. About 99.5% of my wardrobe is cotton so wearing something drapey and flowy is really different for me.
I had just enough fabric leftover to make a Washi tunic, which I’ll show off eventually. I was inspired to sew more with rayon challis after making this dress and bought a fun Joel Dewberry rayon that is waiting in my stash for inspiration to strike!