Thursday, August 18, 2022

Rayon A-Line Shift, from Stash

This little shift was the result of a quick turn after I'd gotten this fabric out of my stash with another pattern in mind. Unfortunately I didn't have as much of it as I'd thought, so a new pattern had to be found. I've had McCalls 6465 on my potential to-make list for a while, and since it uses a small amount of fabric I went with it. 

I also had a small piece of contrast black and white fabric that I'd bought at the same time so decided on View B, the version with a wide contrast hem band. While my contrast is quite subtle I really like it. 

I cut this in a size 14 at shoulders and arms, grading out to a 16 at waist and hip. Since it's quite loose and a-line I didn't add more to the hip measurements. 

I also added side seam pockets since I really don't like having nowhere to put my keys ;) This rayon is quite smooth and soft so was a bit tricky to handle but I went slowly and managed to keep most of the seam lines pretty straight. I wanted to be sure that the hem band in particular was even. 


I'm moving away from florals in my fabric choices these days, but I still really liked this one since it was a more abstract, wild feeling floral. Plus it's all green, and I'm loving green these days. I'm happy to have tried out a pattern I've been thinking of for ages, and that I got to use this lovely fabric. I'm trying much harder to use up the pretty fabrics I own, so that they aren't just sitting on a shelf, but being enjoyed. Much more fun to have them out in the world!


6 comments:

  1. I love seeing your beautiful smile with your artful creations.

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    1. That's very sweet of you to say, Carol! Thanks!

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  2. Looks fabulous - and what a simple silhouette. Very effective. I love your philosophy of using what fabric you have. I have a ridiculous thought that I need to keep fabrics for when I just can't afford them - but fashions change, and it takes a long time before it becomes suitably retro and not just out of fashion. I really should just embrace all that I have.
    ... Sara

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    1. I find it hard to use the fabrics that I really love, so have been trying to just go for it! I'm starting to use some of it :) I thought a nice simple silhouette would work for this large & busy print and am really pleased with the outcome!

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  3. What a lovely dress. Once again you have excelled at fabric and pattern matching. I am so envious as my last two projects have been hot messes of matching disasters.
    Megan.

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    1. Thanks Megan! I have had a few disasters as well. This one worked out, thankfully.

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