Rayon jerseys have many pluses- they drape beautifully, they are extremely soft and silky to the touch, and are breathable. On the minus side- they tend to grow longer as the day goes on, so you have to do something to stabilize areas like necklines and armholes, and you need to adjust the overall length.
So, for this dress, I first folded out about 4" of length from the pattern before cutting. I removed 1" across the chest, so that it would shorten the armhole length. I removed 2" in the main body at the shorten/length line, and I removed 1" at the lower layer hemline. I'm 5 feet 9" and if I made this out of a woven fabric, I would have added about 3" in length, so removing 4" gives you an idea of just how much a rayon jersey will grow. I'm even wearing 3" heels in these photos! I honestly think that I should have shortened it another couple of inches, and may go back and re-hem it at some point so that I can wear it barefoot.
To stabilize the armhole area, I adhered a 1 cm strip of fusible interfacing around the seam line of the armhole when it was flat. Then, instead of a facing, I just turned under the raw edges and stitched in place. The fusible interfacing keeps the armhole from lengthening. Very important if you don't want to show your bra.
We took these pictures on a windy day- the skirt would normally hang straight down, but I kind of like the dramatic effect the wind has on it!
I made this to wear to my daughter's college graduation party. It was comfortable and everyone loved it. I hope that I'll have more occasions to wear it this summer. It seems a little dressy for every day wear, but honestly, it is so comfortable that it feels like I'm wearing pajamas.
It would be fun to make this from some other color combinations. Can you see it in black and white? Or how about orange and grey? Or burgundy and lavender? So many possibilities! Alas, one of this style is enough for me, so I will have to wait to see what other people make and enjoy.