Tuesday, August 25, 2015


We're in that part of summer that's making me long for autumn. Mostly this entails me asking "why is it still so hot?"  While I can't wait for sweater weather, something needs to be done to keep cool in the meantime. This means a little more summer sewing until I can break the knitting back out.

I saw this pattern, Mojave, in the most recent Seamwork sewing magazine and immediately knew I wanted to make it. It's a kaftan pattern, ideally a swimsuit cover up, but loose and breezy enough to be perfect for hot summer days. Coupled with some Anna Maria Horner rayon challis that I've been hording, I knew this would be the ideal August dress.

The dress came together in about 2 hours of sewing (yay!). My favorite thing about the final dress is definitely the fabric; I love both the print and how comfortable and breathable the rayon challis is. My least favorite thing is the size. The dress came out a little too big, meaning it slips off of my shoulders occasionally. Still, this is the perfect dress for lounging around while still looking chic.

I'm very glad to have finally found a use for this awesome fabric. I now understand why I've heard such good things about rayon challis and I definitely plan on using this fabric again in the future! In the meantime, I'll be here trying to keep cool.


Joan.in.Stitches said...

Love this pattern, and it must be lovely to wear in a rayon. Thinking of adding longer sleeves and making it in a baby wale corduroy for a fall dress. What do you think?

Kristin said...

I think that sounds great Joan, but you might want to go down in size. Part of the lightness in the dress, besides the rayon, is that is has plenty of ease. Something to look out for if you change the fabric weight.

Joan E said...

Thanks! Made a muslin in some seersucker I had in my stash. Agree about the ease!