My latest creation is another simple shift dress to wear to work, this time with a slight cut-away shoulder. I love all the exposed shoulders around lately, and it’s a wonder I don’t already have any dresses of this style. It has been so hot and sticky lately that I decided I needed one right away. It is amazing how much cooler you feel with just a few centimetres missing at the shoulder!
Viscose helps too – being cool to the touch I find it one of the most comfortable fibres to wear in our humid summers. This was a viscose challis that I scored for $12 at the Moa fabric clearance last year. The print reminds me of helter skelters – do you remember them? For me they were a storybook fantasy as a kid and I always wanted to ride on one. Despite living in England for a few years I never realised my dream, sigh. Therefore I’m naming this my Helter Skelter dress, because of the way the print spirals around the body and resembles that famous fairground slide.
This print also has a dark border along one selvedge, so by cutting the dress on the horizontal grain instead of the usual lengthwise grain, the border became the hem. I also cut the collar from the border panel to balance the dark area a bit.
Collar? What collar you say? Hidden by my hair in almost every photo except this windblown one is a stand collar, which is cut on the bias so it rolls nicely around the neckline.
I really wish I did a tutorial on this now because there are so many tricks to share about constructing a bias roll collar. Meanwhile, here’s my most important tip for sewing one: never ever press the folded edge or you will ruin it forever!
I will try and remember to put a hook and eye on that CB collar. If you have read this blog for long you will know that I am really good at missing out those final finishing bits and pieces. Sometimes I have to force myself to 100% finish things!
The only other details are that it has a CB invisible zip, back waist darts, front french darts, and faced armholes.
As usual there are a couple of minor changes I would make to the pattern to perfect it, but I think it is safe to say that this is my current favourite make. I am trying to stick to sewing things that are my personal style and I’ve definitely succeeded with this one. Plus it is practical and comfortable in the viscose, which is reflected in the number of times it has been worn already!
Are you a viscose (rayon) fan too? Have you ever cut a border print, or sewn a bias roll collar?
But most importantly – have you ever ridden on a Helter Skelter?! I watched a YouTube video and it looks kind of scary – like you are going to slide right off!