Hello my peeps! I hope everyone had a great summer like I did. It was nice to step back from some commitments for a few months. As you saw, I did a lot of pattern testing over the summer, more than I usually do, which was good to fill some holes in my wardrobe. But with fall just around the corner (my oldest starts school on FRIDAY, and my daughter is only a week away from her first day of kindergarten), I’m getting back to the good ol’ blog.
And to celebrate the end of summer, I’m kicking off my fall blogging with a big ol’ tour that includes a big ol’ giveaway for you! (So be sure to read all the way to the end to get all the details).
This is the Daisy Dropped Shoulder Blouse from Wardrobe by Me sewn up in a blush pink rayon gauze from Stylish Fabric. The description on this fabric was blush pink, but it’s actually more peach than pink in color. No matter, I still like it and it fills a gaping hole in my work wardrobe.
I’ll post a full-on review of the pattern (this isn’t the first one I made this summer) later in the week because today I’m here to talk about fabric. This fabric, to be exact.
This was my first time using fabric from Stylish Fabric, and I was very pleased with the quality of what I received. It should come as no surprise that I love rayon. If I could wrap myself in it and make all my clothes from rayon, I probably would. It’s comfortable, overall easy to work with, breathes nicely and doesn’t wrinkle much. In other words, my perfect fabric!
This rayon gauze is definitely more translucent than your typical rayon challis, so keep that in mind. Because of that, I omitted the neckline facing from the pattern and opted instead to finish the neckline with a strip of bias binding. I kept the sleeve facings because I thought the opaqueness of the facings was a nice style element. I’ll let you all be the judge on whether I succeeded there.
I also considered whether I needed to wear a slip or cami under this top. In the end, I just selected a nude colored bra, and I think I was okay. If I only had white or colored bras, though, I would definitely need to go the cami route.
The fabric was easy to work with and ironed fairly well. I didn’t notice much shrinkage when I washed it, which is a bit unusual for rayon. It had a slight tendency to fray while I was sewing, but actually didn’t fray much at all in the wash.
One really nice thing about this fabric is that it is textured, which made it really easy to line up and sew. Sometimes drapey fabric like this can shift around on you while sewing, but the texture on this one kept everything in place, so it was easy peasy to sew up! It’s such a great fabric for lightweight blouses and shirts that I might pick up some more in different colors on my own dime 🙂
And if you’re thinking that a lightweight rayon blouse doesn’t seem very fallish, well you’re probably right. But the reality is that it’s only the beginning of August, and here in Kansas, I won’t need full-on fall clothing for at least another 6-8 weeks. And at that point, I’ll just throw a cardigan over this and keep on wearing it, so it will get lots and lots of wear in the coming months!
I’m not the only lovely lady on this tour. Check out what everyone else has to offer:
Sewing By Ti and Rebel and Malice
Gray all Day
Wild and Wanderful and The Sara Project
Doodle Number 5 and Sweet Red Poppy
Paisley Roots and Dos Natural Sistas and My Crafty Little Self
Made By Melli and Sew Far North
Sew Sophie Lynn and Creative Counselor
Frivolous at Last and EYMM
Lulu and Celeste and Sprouting Jubejube
Adventures with Bubba and Bug and All Things Katy and Sewing by Ti
Don’t miss the big giveaway here! There are tons of great prizes including:
Brother Sewing Machine XR1340
Stylish Fabric Sewing Box
Gift cards to Stylish Fabric and EYMM
Free patterns from George and Ginger, Hey June Handmade, Love Notions, Made For Mermaids, Mouse House Creations, Seamwork Patterns, Sisboom, Stitch Upon a Time, True Bias Patterns, Wardrobe By Me, and Winter Wear Designs