Hello! I'm Jenny and I blog at Jenny Homemaker
. I'm so excited to join the team of talented Britex Fabrics guest bloggers and share my first project with you!
Apparently, I decided to go all out for my first garment, but how could I not after spying Britex's beautiful selection of rayon blend satins?! This "summer sky
" in particular caught my eye immediately, as I'd sketched this dress (Simplicity 1873
) in a similar color last year. By the way, in case you’re curious if it really is as vibrant as the website shows, it is!
I've worked with a lot of light silks recently, but I had volume in mind for this particular dress, and this rayon/cotton satin gives that a bit of a head start. For a party dress like this, I recommend starting with a fabric with a somewhat stiffer hand than your average satins. This will give the pleats a great shape. Then, there are a few things you can do for even more "oomph". Side note: you can use these tricks on softer fabrics as well, just be careful to choose the right weights for your fabric
The first trick for volume, is to underline your satin with petticoat net. This will add a bit of that petticoat shape, without having to wear an extra garment. A huge plus for those of us who have hot summers.
To underline your satin, cut the net using the same pattern pieces as for your outer fabric. Then, cut your outer fabric, marking all stitching lines (including pleats, darts, etc) and the fold line for your hem. Pin the net layer to the wrong side of the satin and hand-baste the two layers together using cotton or silk thread, right along all of the traced lines. Then, construct the garment as you normally would. Bonus: if you like to hand-stitch your seam allowances in place, you can do so, stitching them only to the net and you don't have to worry about any stitches showing on the outside.