For my first dress, I used a beautiful rayon challis in a floral print that reminds me of Van Gogh's Sunflowers. I wanted a pattern that would flow gracefully to show of the challis' incredible movement, and I chose McCalls 7565.
Even though I am tall (5 feet 9 inches), I actually had to cut off about 3" so that it wouldn't drag the ground. I'm sure that this is because of the tendency of rayon to grow longer. I love the look, but I've discovered that that long hem gets caught underneath the rollers of my office chair at work, and I'm afraid that I will end of tearing it. So, I think that I will probably end up straightening out the hem, just for practicality's sake.
For my next dress, I decided to use a slightly bolder print- one that reminds me of suns in bright pinks and oranges. Just to make them look a little different, I made this one with the cap sleeve, and with the straight hemline. I did not have to do a full bust adjustment or length adjustment- this pattern has a lot of ease. I would not choose a stiff fabric for it, or else you might look like you are wearing a tent!
I got so many compliments on this one when I wore it to work! It was a huge hit.
I really can't take all of the credit though. The fabric is just really striking. And so, so comfortable!
I am warming up to rayon challis. I used to hate it, but now that I can predict it's behavior a little better, I am able to work with it, instead of against it.
I'm sure that I can extend the season by wearing a cardigan with both of these dresses. Are you still sewing summer clothes? Or have you moved on in preparation for cooler weather?