This is Olivia from @seeminglyimmaterial and I’m so happy to be onto my second blog for The Fabric Guys!
This time, I’m working with some gorgeous multicoloured rayon with a beautiful drape and incredibly soft, slinky feel, perfect for a spring/summer outfit. With that in mind, I decided to use it to make a playsuit. I really love wearing playsuits in the warmer weather – there’s something very relaxed about them that I find makes them ideal for wandering about in the sunshine.
The pattern I went for is Vogue 9259, which is something I’ve made before and loved for its fit and flattering silhouette. It’s not too complicated or time-consuming to sew up, making it great for some last-minute holiday sewing if you’re that way inclined.
I didn’t make any real alterations to the pattern, but there are some things I did differently. For the halter part, the pattern says to use one unlined layer, which is finished with a narrow hem. Instead of this, I wanted to self-line my top pieces so that there was no risk of the wrong side of the fabric showing at any point. To do this, I cut out 2 pairs each of the front and back pieces (so I ended up with 4 front pieces and 4 back pieces). I sewed each front piece to its corresponding back piece, then sewed each of these to its matching pair, right sides together, then bagged these out to end up with two halter pieces that were completely self-lined.
For seam finishings, I used French seams for the side seams, and the rest were finished with bias binding. I had some red satin bias binding in my stash that happened to be the exact same shade as the red that appears on the outer fabric, which I thought would be a nice touch. Though it’s not something I always prioritise, I do love it when the inside of a garment looks as neat as the outside.
All in all, I’m really happy with how these turned out, and I think this rayon fabric worked so well with the pattern. I especially love how soft and flowy the pleats look in this drapey fabric. I’ve never actually sewn with rayon before, but I’ll definitely have to use it again, as it feels so lovely against the skin, and although it does require slightly more careful handling, it’s certainly worth that extra effort. So now all we need is a bit of sunshine so I have an excuse to wear it!
That’s it for now! Thanks so much for reading, and until the next time!