This beautiful viscose was kindly gifted to me by Bobbins & Buttons in Leicester. You can see their full supply of viscose here (though sadly none of this leaf print left). Don’t weep! I have found an alternative source of the print here.
If you want to know more about the qualities of viscose, read here. For this summer weather, the only important detail you need to know is – viscose breathes. And from the breezy photo above, you can appreciate the fluid drape.
The perfect summer caftan.
On this version, I raised the bottom of the V in the neckline. Arguably, a bit prissy now but I enjoy the confidence of knowing that a paw or bag strap tugging at my bodice isn’t likely to reveal my bra. Call me old-fashioned!
I also followed a tip from Maryanne to avoid gaping at the V neckline:
- Stay stitch each line of the V section separately, starting from the point of the V and sewing up to the shoulder.
- Gently gather the line of stay stitching so that once sewn, your V neckline invisibly hugs the body when the facing is sewn on. No gaping.
Job’s a good’un. This really worked. Thanks, Mrs C!
The pattern instructs you to top stitch the neckline, but I didn’t trust this viscose not to ripple. Instead, I anchored the neckline facing to inside seams with a few stitches.
Most important of all, this viscose makes the perfect blanket for lap-sitting. What more could a Sewist (or dog) ask for?
Thank you to Bobbins & Buttons for the fabric.