Hello Hart’s readers! Last time I made an appearance on this blog was with a practical(-ish) pair of high-waisted white Ginger jeans, and I’m thrilled to have been invited back to participate in Sew Your Hart Out September–this time with something more appropriate to the festivities!
As soon as I saw this Cotton + Steel rayon lawn in the monthly lineup I knew I had to have it. The Rifle Paper Co. pattern, filled to bursting with flowers, leaves, and tropical birds, was practically crying out to become a Papercut Patterns Adrift! Last time I made this pattern, I used view A, the dress, and fell head over heels for the flouncy, flirty skirt. This time, since this fabric has so many of my favorite colors, I wanted to make a skirt so I could pair it with a bunch of different tops to pull out the different shades. I’ve paired it here with a simple black cami to really let the skirt shine, but how cute would it be with hunter green, blush pink, or that unique dusty blue?
Rayon lawn is a substrate I had never used before, but I was a delight to work with–drapier than a cotton lawn, but easier to sew and less shifty than rayon challis. This pattern has some tricky spots including a lot of curved hemming, and having a slightly more stable fabric made a big difference under my presser foot!
You may notice that I didn’t make the skirt exactly as written: I added elastic to the back waistband. This pattern has dress and skirt views; the skirt view is a wrap skirt which includes darts and a shaped waistband, and the dress doesn’t wrap and omits the darts in favor of elastic or a drawstring casing. I realized after sewing the darts that they did not take up as much fabric as my elastic on the dress version did. The waist was much too large! After a little brainstorming and a little pattern hacking, I kept the skirt as a wrap, simply adding elastic into the back panel of the waistband.
Another way to tackle this issue would be to eliminate the wrap function and elasticate the entire waist, but I have an 11” difference between waist and hips (this probably has something to do with the waist fit issue!) and was nervous about getting it on and off. Although it took a little extra creativity, I’m very pleased with my result–I feel like a cami and an Adrift skirt is an absolutely perfect pattern pairing and a great outfit for a girls’ night out or a date, and I’ll definitely be making another version of this outfit… there are so many beautiful rayons available!
I can’t resist the bold coral, pinks and greens of this tropical print–in fact, I’m thinking I may have to purchase a few more yards for a matching top!–but be sure to take a look at the other fabric in Cotton + Steel’s Menagerie collection as well. This particular print also comes in a black colorway on 100% cotton, and there’s a cotton/linen blend with the most adorable tigers and jaguars, too!