Fabric of Dreams
Posted on Friday the 1st February 2019 by The Unfinished Seamstress
Um, hello Rifle Paper Company x Cotton and Steel Rayon Fabric
of dreams! I’ve sewn this up as quickly as possible, so you all can snag some of this beautiful fabric before it sells out! It’s not easy to find in the UK, in my experience, so I would highly recommend snapping it up when you can. It’s absolutely lovely, right down to the selvedge, I can’t bear to part with even the tiniest scraps.
The drape is luscious, and I feel like it may be less wrinkle prone than other viscose/rayon I’ve worked with in the past. I love the print, and in this dark eggplant background, I’m quite happy to wear it year round. Excellent quality fabric, I recommend it unreservedly.
I don’t know about you, but when I go for luxurious fabric, I tend to use a TNT pattern that I already own. Not only does it go a long way toward ensuring I’ll love the finished garment, but it also keeps the overall costs down. Add a brand new pattern to a high-end fabric, and you’ve got a serious chunk of change. To that end, I’ve used the skirt from the immensely popular Jessica Dress Pattern from Mimi G
. This pattern originally came out with Sew Sew Def magazine, and was an instant classic. The skirt is meant to be gathered on the dress, so it’s very straightforward to whack on a self-drafted waistband instead of a bodice for a lovely midi-length skirt. If you’re new to sewing, I would highly recommend trying this out: you’ll get double value from your dress patterns, and it’s a nice little exercise in understanding your measurements and how they compare to the pattern once you add ease and seam allowance.
So for me, my waist measurement is usually around 27 inches (I say usually, because it varies wildly since having children - my abdomen has remained very stretchy!), and I cut a 30 inch straight waistband, with interfacing. Let’s call that 1.5 inch for wearing ease and those fluctuations I mentioned (this fabric does not stretch: I won’t give a crash course in ease here, but generally the more a fabric stretches, the less you need ease), 1 inch for the button overlap (if I were using a zipper, this would be unnecessary), and 0.5 inch of seam allowance. This 30’’ long rectangle, with interfacing, can be whatever width you like, finished however you like, with whatever closure you like! I’ve opted to hand-finish mine on the inside. I hadn’t hand-finished a waistband in ages, and I do love the softness and vintage feel of the finish. For a more in depth tutorial of how to draft a waistband, I would recommend this article from In The Folds
And what I get is a simple but beautiful skirt, without the purchasing of a new pattern! I think the fabric absolutely sings with this simple button down style. I’ve used my favourite Olive Wood Buttons
yet again, and I’m going to order more! I love these natural little buttons. It’s always the details, isn’t it?
Thanks for reading! Jo xx