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I think it’s safe to say that everyone went crazy when Rifle Paper Co. released their fabric collection. I was on the website almost every day, imagining projects in my head and trying to figure out which print I wanted first. Their latest collection is so whimsical, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!
A dear young friend of mine approached me a couple times to ask me to make her a dress for one special occasion, and a skirt a few months later for another one. And when she handed over her gorgeous Rifle fabric each time, I was almost moved to tears! The first one was even more stunning in person. She’d picked the navy blue Queen Anne cotton for the dress, which I’d also had my eye on for myself.😅
The pattern I used was Simplicity 8048.
It was fairly simple, but there were a couple of firsts for me: my first invisible zipper and my first time lining a bodice with sleeves.
The instructions a little confusing to me when it came to the zipper, since I’d never done an invisible zipper before. Thankfully, I found a video on the Colette Patterns blog that was super helpful, as well as a more detailed post on their Rue Sewalong that included instructions on how to do it with a lining.
Overall, it was easy enough for me to want to make it again. Plus, it has pockets, which I had forgotten about, so when my friend tried it on in front of a group of us and realized there were pockets, we all screamed in excitement. Including me, even though I’m the one who put them there! 😂
I used the same pattern for the skirt. I added about four inches for both garments and I cut the front of the skirts on the fold so that there wouldn’t be a center seam.
I’m in love with how it turned out! I’m extremely proud of myself!😊 Plus, I even threw in a matching tie belt.
The skirt was made with the hunter green Painted Roses rayon.
I prewashed the fabric according to the instructions.
Before I even started cutting the fabric, I read in multiple places around the Internet that it’s best to use a rotary cutter since the fabric tends to be slippery, so I blew the dust off my rotary cutter and got to work.
I think it’s absolutely lovely! It’s so soft and drapey, and I’m so jealous that I don’t get to keep it. 😅
I used French seams to prevent puckering and to stop all the crazy fraying!
For some reason, the skirt came out waaay smaller than the dress. I cut the same size each time, and I even did the skirt’s French seams at a ½ inch allowance.🤔 I’m not sure what happened, but it fit anyway. That’s all that matters. I lapped the waistband just to add some ease.
Overall, I think this pattern is great for a nice fit and flare dress or a classy a-line skirt. And I look forward to using more Rifle fabric as often as possible!😄
Have you used any Rifle Paper fabric? I want to see! 😍