Created by: Emily Hallman Designs
Hi fabric.com blog! I am so excited to be here today to bring you a fabulous project that I just finished up featuring TÉLIO fabrics.
This project is all about color! I can't think of a single color I don't like to sew with or wear. I definitely have favorites that I wear a lot, but it's hard to think of a color that I make a concerted effort to avoid, or that I just don't care for. I've spent a great deal of time looking for the right color fabric over the years too. Navy must be rich and dark, not vintage or faded looking, yellow should be bright without being gaudy or cheap looking, and reds should be true red - not too orange, not too blue. Emerald is a color I love, especially for fall, and it's a color I think I wear well. (After a summer in lots of white, I'm reminded thanks to all the pictures I take that white is actually not a great color on me. So, moving forward: less white, more bold colors. Hold me to it.)
I found this fabric on fabric.com, and the moment I saw it I not only squealed with delight at having finally found the perfect shade of emerald! It's 100% Viscose Rayon, 56" wide, and it's machine washable.
Rayon (also called viscose) is made from wood pulp, a naturally occurring, cellulose-based raw material. I like it because its characteristics are similar to that of linen and cotton, and it is beyond comfortable to wear in the Texas heat.
I love the drape of viscose batiste or challis, and it's easy to work with and launder. It also retains color well, which is why you can find such rich colors in a rayon fabrication. It doesn't pill unless the fabric is made from short, low-twist yarns (I've never had a rayon that even remotely pilled), and it doesn't build up static electricity. Rayon does, however, wrinkle so loose fitting garments are best (full skirts and dresses, flowy tops, and scarves). Bemberg rayon is also a fantastic option for linings. I choose it over polyester or acetate every time.
This particular rayon is a batiste, so it's especially lightweight and drapes exceptionally well. It's opaque enough to forgo a lining, which is great. Use a little extra care when you cut it out, because it can be a tad slippery (no edges hanging off your cutting table!), and I would also pin your pieces together in one or two additional areas just to ensure it doesn't move around as you sew it.
I used a size 70 universal needle, all purpose thread, and I serged all the raw edges. French seams would also be lovely. I let the dress rest on the dress form overnight to let the bias fall, then I leveled it and hemmed it.
I used an out-of-print pattern, Butterick 5878, and I replaced the tiered skirt with a full circle skirt for the most movement.
For those of us in warmer climates where seasons take their sweet time arriving (or don't change at all), color is a great way to dress for the season without layering or piling on coats or things that don't make sense for the weather. So, this emerald viscose makes for one seriously pretty dress, and I can ease my way into fall without looking ridiculous.
Considering how much I love this color, I'm surprised that this dress is the first garment in this color I have in my closet. I think I'm looking at a fall season jam packed with emerald green!