Everywhere we look in ready to wear, fabulous prints abound. What a joy to have so many choices for expressing our personalities in our fashion! Most of the prints we see this year are jersey knits which are wonderful for slightly fitted tops or dresses with stable drape illustrated by this vibrant printed wrap dress from Etro.
Some are cotton satins, poplins or twills which are best suited to structured styles such as this highly constructed criss cross dress from Carven.
And a few are rayon challis.
Pronounced shalee, this plain weave fabric is soft to the touch with lots of drape. Sewers and designers have used it for many years to create soft silhouettes. Currently, a new incarnation of designers in Europe have glommed onto the attributes of this fabrication for dresses and tops that fall from the shoulders or waist in soft gathers or pleats.
Typically rayon challis is lightweight, providing an airy feel to the garment and are generally printed with floral, geometric or paisley designs. Other motifs are seen as well. One advantage to a drapey fabric is the ability to wear large prints without displaying the full expanse of the print. When it falls in deep folds, it lessens the impact of a large floral for instance. For more on choosing prints, see our guest blog at Sew in Fashion.
In addition to its soft hand and drape, rayon challis takes dye well and is an excellent canvas for complex prints.
The playsuit trend (See our Trends Pinterest Board) is the perfect silhouette for soft fabrications. Comfortable and a bit alluring, this will work up well for home or casual wear. check out our Palazzo and Maxis Pinterest Board for longer flowy garments.
Looking for the right pattern? We’ve included a few from Vogue as examples of the silhouette. Most pattern companies will have similar versions of appropriate patterns to make up in these wonderfully soft and drapey prints.
Some of the newest offerings we have brought in from France are
Other challis in stock would include our fabulous rayon batik from Bali
and our latest pick from The Bistro.
More fabulous viscose challis prints are due in a few weeks. We’ll get them posted and let you know via the newsletter as soon as they arrive.