I’ve been curious about Anna Maria’s rayon challis since she first mentioned it on her blog. I had never sewn with rayon, so I hesitated buying any, but finally curiosity won over and I added a bit to a recent order from Hawthorne Threads. And I’m so glad I did! Have you felt this stuff yet? You need to! It’s soft and silky, yet still substantial, and it has such a beautiful drape.
Since I’m running out of shirts that fit, I decided to make another Wiksten Tova. I went up a size, and while it’s currently a tad on the large size, I’m quite certain it won’t be long before it fits perfectly.
I quickly ordered a couple more of the prints and used them for a couple Wiksten tanks, another pattern that I find is working well for early maternity wear. I’ve been pairing a tank with an open cardigan, and find it to be my most comfortable outfit these days (so comfortable in fact, that I’ve actually made up a total of five new tanks so I could wear them every day!). The ones made of the rayon are by far my favorite. The best part? I can wear it all day long and it still looks just as smooth and wrinkle-free as when I first put it on. Even better? I’ve found that even if it should happen to remain in the dryer for days (oops!), it still comes out looking good. Now that’s my kind of fabric!
Oh, and I should mention that it’s pretty easy to sew with as well. I used a walking foot and had no trouble with it at all. It’s a bit harder to cut while tracing a pattern since it’s more fluid and more shifty than regular cotton, but certainly not a deal breaker for me.
But don’t take it from me – check out Anna Maria’s blog, where she wrote much more about her rayon challis fabrics here and here.
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