I've been smitten with the most recent pattern by Grainline Studio, the Farrow Dress, since it came out and it seemed like the perfect thing to make for the festive party-going season that is upon us.
We just received this new Viscose Batiste fabric in several colors and it was just the thing I was imagining for my Farrow Dress.This fabric is super drape-y and soft with a gorgeous matte finish. I choose a muted green/gray color for my Farrow.
Farrow comes in two versions - a sleeveless and sleeved a-line dress. I choose the sleeveless version with Holiday and New Years parties in mind. I love the elegant A-line shape and fit of this dress. Plus the concealed inseam pockets and diagonal seaming details make it extra special.
I'll be honest...sewing with this fabric was challenging. I used a microtex needle and took it slow. I think this dress would come together very quickly with a more forgiving fabric. The neck and sleeves of this are finished with facings which gives it a very clean look and was much easier to execute than bias would have been. I love the look and feel of the fabric and it hangs beautifully for this pattern - totally worth the extra effort.
I have a sad story to tell you. As I was finishing this dress and snipping a thread, I accidentally snipped into the fabric on the center front neck. You can barley see it and I can still wear the dress, but I don't think I'll be able to wash this without it fraying open. I fused a piece of interfacing behind it to stabilize it. I'm just going to plan my wearing of this dress carefully and hopefully it will make it out a few times. I will be making more of these for sure!