While choosing fabric I noticed this pretty woven rayon from one of Art Gallery Fabric's Fusion collections. There are currently eight Fusion collections and this print is from the Woodland Fusion collection. The Fusion collections consist of prints from different Art Gallery Fabrics designers, printed in new colourways to make a whole new collection. The print is originally from Bari J.'s Joie de Vivre collection, but I have to say that I love this colourway way more. These fall colours are so me, and even if the thin fabric is totally appropriate for a summer dress, these colours make it easy to wear this dress with tights and a cardigan for a beautiful fall outfit, too.
While looking for a pattern I stumbled over the Réglisse Dress by Deer and Doe. I like the style of Deer and Doe patterns and thought that the fabric and the style of the pattern complemented each other perfectly. Most of the Deer and Doe patterns only come in paper form, which is a little unfamiliar to me, since I just love PDF patterns. But they started to offer some of their patterns as PDFs, too!
The Réglisse is a cute sundress pattern with a bias cut bodice, cap sleeves, a v-neck and an optional button placket in the front, or alternatively a collar and a tie. The dress has small shoulder yokes, too. The dress has a waistband which can either be shirred or be cinched together by inserting an elastic band. I went for the collar and tie version, adding an elastic into the waistband.
Since the rayon is very flowy I didn't see the need for cutting the front and back on the bias, which would have meant an extra seam in the middle front and back. While this could be a great design element for striped fabric, I rather wanted to leave this pretty big print uninterrupted.
Dear and Doe patterns seem to be drafted for a rather low height, which means that I had to add 1 to 2 inches to the bodice and a lot to the skirt, too. The skirt is designed to hit mid-thigh, but I like my skirts to hit closer to the knee. So not only did I need to account for my height, I also needed to add at least 2 inches to get the desired length, too!
The instructions for the Réglisse are easy to follow and the dress isn't complicated to sew. I like a clean finish, which is why I made a few changes while sewing: I added a second shoulder yoke to the inside of the dress, enclosing the shoulder yoke seams. The two waistband pieces are intended to be basted together and sewn to the bodice and the skirt, leaving you with two visible seams on the inside. I decided to attach both the inner and the outer waistbands to the bodice and to sew the outer waistband to the skirt, before folding the inner waistband and topstiching it in place. This way I don't have a visible seam allowance there, either.
The rayon drapes beautifully, but it really is not the easiest fabric to work with. To be honest - you won't see any pics of the inside of this dress and especially my top stitched inner waistband is rather wonky. It might have been a smart move to sew the waistband as the instructions told me to!
Anyway – I really do like the result! The sweet collar, the wide skirt, the colours and the soft print are all really me and I'm so glad I decided to go with this pattern and this fabric. Thank you so much for having me, Harts Fabrics, and for sponsoring this post!