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Rayon Challis Staple Dress

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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.

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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.

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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!

~Teri

 

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14 thoughts on “Rayon Challis Staple Dress

  1. Wow! This dress looks fantastic in this fabric, and on you! Great choice – I need to get my hands on some rayon challis! I made the staple dress in a quilting cotton and I didn’t like it on me, but maybe in a more drapey fabric it could work. Gorgeous!

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  2. Love it!! And I bet it’s deliciously swishy and comfy to wear. Rayon FEELS so wonderful. Also, while I don’t like sewing with it, many patterns that are too poofy in cotton look great in a drapier fabric like rayon. Patterns with a lot of volume in particular.

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    1. I actually just remembered the thing that I liked least about making this– cutting the fabric without having it slip all over the place! I have gotten a lot better at using the rotary cutter now so next time might be a smidge easier. Fingers crossed!

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  3. I seriously love this!! I have had this pattern for a while now but haven’t made anything with it. That needs to change soon!! 🙂 Also, did you line it?

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  4. Did you have to sew a lining for this dress? Or wear a slip/tank top underneath? I’m thinking of making a rayon challis Staple dress, but I am concerned that it might be too sheer. What do you think?

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    1. Hi Meg! This particular rayon is Pretty opaque so I don’t usually wear a slip with the dress. (I do if I am wearing it with tights do it doesn’t stick to my legs.) It depends on the fabric you use, but I definitely think rayon is a great fabric for this dress. I made one from quilting cotton and it doesn’t drape well at all.

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