A Farrow Dress for the Holidays
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.
Pattern: Farrow by Grainline Studio View A
Size Made: 4
Fabric: Viscose Batiste in Charcoal
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!
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Embrace the ship and do some beautiful visible mending!
Can you suggest a more forgiving fabric?
Oh, no! Your dress is so lovely! Maybe you could change the neckline with a new facing to get the snip out? It happened to me with my newest dress, too, snipping into the fabric when cutting the french seams at the side seams. I made the dress slightly smaller to incorporate the snipped spot in the SA.
Have lovely days in your chic dress!