• Art Gallery Fabrics Rayon Blog Hop

    Happy fall, y’all!!

    Have your leaves started changing colors and temps beginning to cool a bit where you are? Oddly enough…the weather here has felt disgustingly like late July – incredibly humid and over 90 degrees. Yuck. Gimme cool air, crunchy leaves, bonfires, and jewel tones ASAP!

    So even though our Harpers Ferry weather has been a wee bit stifling, I’ve found my “autumn” by sewing up a gorgeous skirt using April Rhodes rayons for Art Gallery Fabrics and this #AGFrayonblogtour. They are DELICIOUS and truly perfect for garment making! Maybe I can sneak off to a Virginia winery in the next couple of weeks and wear my skirt!

    So, let me preface by saying the following: I had high hopes and every intention to take these gorgeous and whimsical photos out at the barn with Lincoln, my OTTB. In my mind, we’d be walking in the field with the summer’s remaining wild flowers at our feet. He’d be all bathed and brushed and shiny, and my skirt would be so cute with the equine backdrop.

    But then life happened.

    My Grammy passed away somewhat unexpectedly yet extremely peacefully, and I lost a solid week+ traveling back to Indiana for her services and burial. (I did actually wear this skirt to one of her services, and Gram knew I was in the process of making this. So that kinda makes it even more special to me knowing she’d have been gushing over it had she seen it in person.) So now here I am in the 11th hour getting photos taken to show off this pretty skirt for you. Just pretend the farm photo shoot happened, and it was beautiful, and you can’t stop thinking about how pretty the AGF rayon is and that Lincoln is the most handsome Thoroughbred you’ve ever seen! hahaha

    Some notes about sewing with rayon, especially if you’re not really a garment sewist like me:

    1. Always, always pre-wash and dry your rayon yardage. I stuck it all in the machines and washed/dried twice. Then iron the heck out of it using a low heat setting. I also opted to starch it somewhat heavily, air dry, then iron it all.
    2. Use the floor to lay it out flat. Smooth it as well as possible, especially if you have a print that is noticeably directional or large scale. Luckily my top layer print is pretty forgiving. The underneath layer needed attention to make sure it wasn’t skewed or wonky.
    3. Use extra sharp/fine straight pins (I like the glass head type).
    4. Use pattern weights to help keep everything in place and a small rotary cutter to cut out pattern pieces since using scissors can pull/skew the fabric.
    5. Definitely use a brand new sharp needle on your machine! I stitched with Aurifil 50wt and matched my needle size to the thread.
    6. Don’t let loose fabric drape off your sewing table. This will help prevent stretching and skewing. I have to say…since I starched the heck out of my fabric before pressing, it really seemed to help a bit in this department.
    7. Wash and dry your garment once totally finished. This gets all that starch out and results in a super slinky texture and flowyness. (Is that a word? It is now!)

    The pattern I used is Simplicity #1164. Bear in mind that my sewing comfort zone is definitely on the quilty side of things with occasional bags along the way. I really do hope to hone in on my garment sewing skills over time, and this skirt was a fun challenge for me. Honestly, it went pretty smoothly overall. I had to stop my overactive brain a few times and think a couple steps through a little, but it really is an easy project to take on yourself! The top layer and band of the skirt is Treasure Kermes from the Heritage collection, and the underneath layer is Ojos Flame from the Arizona After collection. I also love that my momma, Cynthia (@cnytz51), chose the Ojos Flame for her project you’ll see next week!


    This is only Week 1 of the AGF Rayon Blog Hop! Be sure to check out everyone on Instagram and their blog posts!

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 – CRISTY @LOVEYOUSEW_ | Blog here

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10– NICOLE @MODERNHANDCRAFT | Blog here

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 – SARAH @SARIDITTY | Blog here

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 – JESY @NEEDLE_INK_AND_THREAD | Blog here

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 – DANYELLA @MADESEWMODERN | Guest Blog here

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 – NICHOLE @WILDBOHO | Blog here

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 – CYNTHIA @CNYTZ51 | Guest blog here

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 – VICKI @ORCHIDOWLQUILTS | Blog here

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 – AMANDA @PINKMANDARIN.HANDMADE | Guest Blog here

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 – JENN @JENNROSSOTTI | Blog here

    I’d love to hear how you have used rayon in your projects! Thanks for stopping by!
    xo –

2 Responsesso far.

  1. moira says:

    thanks so much for this, i am a quilty person never worked with rayon but i have decided to make a dress for my sons wedding with the soulful range of rayon, so i am hoping when i am ready to start next week that i am confident and your post has helped a lot, except i have 5 yards to wash and starch omg what have i gotten myself in for

    • sariditty says:

      Don’t worry – just take it nice and easy and it’ll be fine, I’m sure. The washing and starch/pressing really isn’t too bad. Don’t forget to use low heat!

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