Rayon challis is slowly taking over my wardrobe, and I make no apologies for it. Yes, it does crease like crazy, but it drapes so nicely, it's fantastically soft, and it works for all seasons. So what if I have a few wrinkles by the end of the day?
This dress was inspired by this one from Ruche. I included a waistband instead of the elastic waist and sash, and added the contrasting band at the bottom of the skirt.
I started with Simplicity 2497, shortened the bodice by 3/4" and put the zipper at the CB (with a little slit and buttons at the top). This was mostly because I squeezed this out of 1 yard of each color, and I was very close to not having enough fabric. Plus I like the buttons. I also took off a few inches in length. Proportion is especially important with color blocking, I think - taking a couple of inches off the length took me from looking stumpy to looking tall (or at least my normal 5'5").
I ended up lining the skirt, which was not part of my original plan. The fabric by itself was too thin, almost sheer, and clingy. The lining was re-purposed from this dress, which I had to get rid of after I stained the chiffon skirt. I'm hoping it prevents some wrinkling, because this fabric creases like nothing else...
I was terrified of how this was going to come together, because the last time I tried to sew a zipper into rayon (see my Alma blouse) it was a huge mess and I had to take it out. This time I interfaced the seam allowance, basted in the zipper, and then sewed it in. Success! I also knew that the bottom band needed to be perfectly straight or it would drive me nuts, so I spent ages cutting it exactly on grain. It's a double layer, so the fold sits at the bottom of the dress. I hemmed it with the blind hem stitch on my machine.
The only problem? I have absolutely no clue how to style this for fall. Anyone have any brilliant styling ideas for me? How would you wear it?
I would like to note that I took all of these photos with one earring. Fortunately I looked in the mirror before I left the house.
Fabric: Emerald green & navy rayon challis from Fabric.com
Pattern: Simplicity 2497
Modifications: Moved zip to CB, added slit and buttons above the zipper.