a couple of weeks ago, i placed an order at fabric.com. i blame bezzie for the inspiration. actually it was a rather large order and they accidentally sent me the wrong little folks voile, so they then sent me a replacement for free and i got to keep the first fabric. great service.
anyway, on impulse, i threw in some kaffe fassett rayon challis. i've never sewed rayon before and KF's fabrics can be a bit barf-a-bunch-of-colors-on-canvas for my taste, but i figured, what the hell...might as well try it out. i got the fabric in the mail and it was a bit on the loud side.
i was trying to decide what to do with it, and i happened to have the pattern for the babydoll top out. i remember thinking the last time i made it that i needed a more fluid fabric to get a better drape. hmm, rayon has a lot of drape. but i don't want to just make the same thing over again, so i decided to lengthen it to make the dress.
Pattern: Babydoll Dress from Chic and Simple Sewing
Fabric: Kaffe Fassett rayon challis. the pattern name was asian floral something something, 1.5yds
Size: S. well i made the top and lengthened the hem by 9 inches. i was too lazy to retrace the pattern, plus i'm short, so probably would've had to shorten the dress as drafted anyway.
Started and Finished: last weekend. took me a couple of days.
Mods: i skipped the sleeve elastic, as i didn't want it to be too twee. aforementioned shortening and i handsewed the hem, which is not one of my favorite things to do. i also used a needle for lightweight fabrics. rayon actually isn't too bad to sew. it's a little slippery and it wrinkles but it could be worse.
so, after taking my loud fabric, and using a billowy pattern, i ended up with...A Crazy Old Lady Mumu!
and you know, i kind of love it in that same way that i love hawaiian shirts even though i know that it's wrong. if only my hair were in curlers and i were brandishing a fist at the kids in my yard. it might look ridiculous but it's my brand of crazy. i'm calling this one a win.