Summer is fast approaching in the southern hemisphere so this week on the blog we wanted to make up something light and breezy. We chose the Reeta Midi Shirt Dress by Named Clothing and made it up in one of our new rayon crepes. Keep reading below to see our pattern review!
Fabric | The fabric we used for this pattern was our Mist Rayon Crepe, a beautiful lightweight fabric with a subtle textured look and fluid drape. Rayon crepe is a great summertime fabric and is super easy to care for; a cool machine wash or hand wash is best. Rayon crepe is also a great gateway fabric for beginner sewists wanting to work towards fabrics like silk crepe de chine and twill. Cotton lawns or lightweight linens would give this dress a more crisp look and worn over merino base layers this dress could be worn all year round! The Reeta would also make up beautifully in a Liberty Lantana!
Fabric Cutting Tip | Fabrics that are light and slippery like rayon crepe or silk crepe de chine require a little more attention and time whilst cutting. When preparing to cut lightweight fabrics, we suggest laying it over a mid to heavyweight cotton. The lightweight fabric will grip the cotton and reduce its chances of stretching and slipping out of shape. Tracing your patterns with tailors chalk or a chalk wheel will also ensure accurate cutting.
Pattern | The Reeta Dress is true to its ability rating, mid-skilled sewists will find this a breeze! The instructions were easy to follow and were accompanied by easily read diagrams. The pattern also notes that it is designed for a height of 172cm so those who are shorter will have to take off some the length. Annelise from the HQ team made up this Reeta in a size 8 and took off about 10cm to fit her height. The dress has a tie feature that requires ribbon for the drawstring casing, and cord for the tie, which would be the easiest option. We made our own casing and tie.
This is our second make using a Named Clothing pattern and once again we are in love with the result! Named has also released a new pattern collection recently so if you are looking for some fresh patterns and inspiration head over to their website here.
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November 14, 2017