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Viscose Marigold & Orla by Georgina

Sew... this tropical leaf print Viscose Fabric is amazing! I've never sewn with viscose before, I'll admit I was a bit scared of using something so slippery, but it all went perfectly. I was even more impressed that I was able to get a dress and pair of trousers out of 3 meters.
The fabric is super soft and has a lovely drape. 
I've had my eye on Tilly and the Buttons Marigold Trousers Pattern for a while now but wasn't too sure that they would suit me. However, after wearing a very similar pair which were ready to wear I knew I had to make some. 
As with all of Tilly's patterns the instructions are super easy to follow with lots of pictures to help. This fabric is perfect for trousers as its like wearing outdoor pyjamas! The are so comfy and they have pockets. Everyone needs a pair or two in their wardrobe. 
If you are on Instagram you probably saw that French Navy released the Orla dress as a free pattern. With a fabric recommendation of "softly draping like viscose" I knew this would look great in this tropical print. 
So that I could squeeze the dress and trousers out of the fabric I didn't make the skirt as gathered as the pattern suggested. However the lovely drape makes the skirt appear fuller so for me it wasn't an issue. 
I've worn this dress a few times now and have had so many lovely compliments. 
As a newbie viscose sewer I thought I would share some helpful tips with you;
 - Wash and iron your fabric before sewing.
 - When laying out the fabric don't let the excess fabric hang over the edge of the table as it will stretch out of shape meaning wonky pattern pieces. 
 - Rather than pinning the pattern pieces to the fabric use weights to keep it nice and flat. 
 - Cut the fabric using a rotary cutter.
 - I used more pins than I would normally to pin pieces together when sewing to avoid and stretching.
The raw edges are more prone to fraying so French seams are great for a neat finish. I wasn't too sure how the fabric would work going through the the overlocker but I tried it out a small scrap and it was fine so I overlocked the trousers seams as I couldn't get my head around a French crotch seam!
If you have never sewn with viscose then I would definitely recommend this Dress Fabric as not only is it very reasonably priced it is also lovely to work with. With just a few meters you can definitely make your first viscose dress. Tillys Bettine Dress Pattern would be a great one to start with. 
Happy viscose sewing!
Georgina @ Sew in the Garden

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