Monday, September 15, 2014

Stuff I want to sew for fall (2014), Part 2

Can you stand another post of me daydreaming about patterns again? My post last week on the topic was getting to be so long that I decided to break it into another post.

Obviously, I get way too excited about patterns, especially new patterns. I stalk several of the indie designer websites/blogs when I suspect that they have a new release coming out soon. (I suspect that I'm not the only person who does this for StyleArc, at least, because they'll occasionally send out an email letting people know that the new release is being delayed for a day or two, so that we can stop hitting "refresh" on our browsers.) Not all of the patterns in this post are new, but they are new-to-me in the sense that I haven't sewn any of them yet. This post doesn't even mention the patterns that I've made before and want to make again for cooler weather. (I'm looking at you Colette Moneta and HotPatterns Daytona Hoodie.)

I'm sure that you'll recognize some of these patterns from other "stuff I want to sew" posts. Now let's ogle a few patterns!

Warning: image-intensive post ahead!


Cooler fall weather means jackets and cardigans, right?

Deer and Doe Pavot Jacket

I received the Deer and Doe Pavot jacket pattern for free as a "thank you" for participating in the mini-wardrobe contest on Pattern Review back in July. I love the style of Deer & Doe, but have held off from making any of their patterns because their size range is pretty small. I don't mind grading up, say, a $3 New Look to fit me, but I had a personal issue with paying $15+ for a pattern and then having to grade it up. But...the Pavot was free and has lots of seaming, and I've had my eye on this pattern for a while. There's a jacket view (not shown), which is probably the more likely view that I'll sew.

If I like how this jacket turns out, it might encourage me to try some of the other Deer and Doe patterns that I've had my eye on. Luckily for me, some of the indie fabric stores in Seattle carry this line, so I might potentially be able to avoid the shipping charges and wait time from Europe.

Deer and Doe Pavot Jacket

HotPatterns Sakura Bomber Jacket

HP Sakura Bomber Jacket
I've been loving the floral or otherwise printed bomber jacket trend of the past year or so. I'd been looking for a while for a pattern for one that both came in my size (sorry Papercut Rigel) and had some sort of princess or panel seaming with in-seam pockets. This new-ish release from HotPatterns fits the bill. I've got a couple of neoprene scuba knits in my stash earmarked for both a wearable muslin, and then hopefully a "good" version of this jacket.

Muse Patterns Jenna Cardigan

The Muse Jenna cardigan is a new release from a new pattern company. I've started to see tester versions of this pop up around the blogosphere, and as basic as the pattern seems, it's looks like it's a basic that I'd get a ton of mileage out of. Finally, an option for all of those super-thin, lightweight merino wool jersey that I bought from FabricMart last winter.

Tops and Blouses

I'd like a few new blouses for fall, as well. Shockingly, 2 out of 3 of these patterns are wovens!

HotPatterns Pussycat Blouse

An easy-fitting blouse with gathers for full bust room and a cute pussy bow? There's also a tutorial video by Trudy showing how to clean-finish everything on your machine. Yes, please.  I mean, the illustrated fashion drawing even looks like a more slender version of me!

HotPatterns What's New, Pussycat? Blouse

HotPatterns Artemis Top

This top is HotPattern's latest release. I like the sleeves. I don't see the dress shape working on me, but the view for the top is really fun. I think this would work well in a Ponte.
HP Artemis top
Grainline Archer

Oh, many times have I had you in my sewing plans? To be honest, I'm scared of button-down blouses. I was a little traumatized by my first experience with a darted, button-down blouse and haven't tried one since. Unfortunately, though, being an H-cup means that I simply cannot buy this style in RTW. The Archer seems like it works for everyone who tries it, though, and I *think* I'd just need a standard FBA (and I'd leave the bust dart in for shaping).

I really, really could use a button-down blouse/blouse pattern that fits, though and I really like the classic, easy-fitting look of the Archer. I'd love to have one in white, one in denim, and a couple of flannel versions for layering, to start.
Grainline Archer shirt


Notice that while I was obsessed with summer dresses a few weeks ago, our weather has started to cool a bit (although we're still having random 2-3 day periods with temperatures in the low 80s). I still want to sew some dresses, but now I'm focusing on less summery, more autumny choices. Note that these all have views with sleeves.

Colette Hawthorn

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I've wanted to sew the Hawthorn for, like, forever. Still haven't done it yet. I know that this will be a flattering style on me; I'm just procrastinating on tackling the fitting/multiple muslins. When I do make it, I'm going to use L's fantastic tutorial to turn the darts into shoulder princess seams.
Colette Hawthorn

Blue Ginger Doll Winifred

Ooh, it's a shirtdress style dress, but with no button closures! And no buttons means no gaping at the bust apex! Honestly, I never gave this pattern a second glance from the line drawing, but Blue Ginger Doll recently released this pattern in a larger size range (including mine) and I took a look around the blogosphere and saw how cute this dress makes up, especially on a curvy figure. I have read a bit online about the dress being tighter than expected in the bust, so it might take a little while to get the sizing/fit worked out for this one, but from the examples I've seen, it will be worth it. Plus, the dress looks like it should be super quick and easy to sew up once you get the pattern size/adjustments down.
Blue Ginger Doll Winifred

Blue Ginger Doll Odette

The Odette is the newest release from Blue Ginger Doll, having only come out last week. I love the neckline (and insert option) on this one and the gored skirt. I really like the two tester versions by GMarie and Mary of Idle Fancy, as well. I suspect that all of those darts won't be my friend, though, however, so this dress would be another candidate for changing the darts to shoulder princess seams.

Blue Ginger Doll Odette

Slim/Cigarette pants

The only pants that I currently have that fit me right now are a few pairs of jeans (from Old Navy), my HP Trackpant and a never-blogged StyleArc Linda pant. The latter two are two casual to wear to work (I feel). I like the straight-leg/cigarette leg profile on myself--it doesn't look dated like bootcut, but it's not outside of my comfort (or fitting) zone like skinny pants. None of these are new patterns, but I've been wanting to sew them all for a while and will hopefully give one or two of these patterns a shot soon.

HotPatterns Dolce Vita slim-cut pant

The Dolce Vita is just a nice, standard slim-cut pant. I know that the HotPattern crotch curve works fairly well for me, so I'm cautiously optimistic that these wouldn't require a ton of fitting.

HP Dolce Vita Slim-Cut Pant

StyleArc Barb Stretch Pant

The thing that I don't like about my StyleArc Linda pants is that the leg shape is a lot wider than I was expecting. I'm hoping that the Barb will remedy that because I like how my Linda's fit through the bum and the front. These would be super fast and easy to sew, too.

StyleArc Barb Stretch Pant

StyleArc Jasmine Pant

The Jasmine is another basic pant pattern. I like the pockets on these and am hoping that the leg profile isn't too wide.


I never used to wear skirts much--I always felt that if I wanted to have to worry about exposure, I'd rather wear a dress. BUT I've been wearing skirts a lot more for the past year and could use a few more.

HotPatterns Deceptively Skinny Skirt

When I make this up, it will be jeans-style in a dark denim with an exposed zipper in back. I do not have a jeans skirt in my wardrobe, so this skirt will fill that hole. With straight skirts, I look a lot better in skirts with some seaming. This skirt fits the bill.
HotPatterns Deceptively Skinny Skirt

Ina Maxi Skirt

As much as it was a pain to make, I love my McCall's maxi-skirt and wear it all the time. I want another knit maxi-skirt. I love the stripes and godets on this skirt from Pattern Review, plus it's been really, really well-reviewed so far.

PatternReview Ina Maxi Skirt
Whew, did you make it through all of that? I promise that with my next post, it won't be me rambling about patterns, and I will actually have a newly finished garment to show you!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Stuff I want to sew for fall (2014), Part 1

My whole sewing-with-a-plan thing seems to be flying out the window, as I feel completely overwhelmed with all of the new(ish) pattern releases that I want to sew for fall. Of course, I'll be lucky if I sew more than one or two of these, and at some point, I'm going to need to put aside my Want To Sew All The Things mentality and concentrate on sewing myself a rain jacket and a winter coat, both of which I sorely need and already purchased the fabric/lining/notions/patterns for. Not to mention needing to sew a few things for my daughter who went from wearing a size 18M to a 3T over the summer. My fall sewing ideas are running so crazily around my head that I'll need two posts to cover them.

HotPatterns Essential Shift Dress

First up, I'd like to sew both the women's and girl's version of the HotPatterns Essential Shift Dress. I have a lightweight, drapey denim in my stash that I'm looking at using for this, and I'll do contrast top-stitching.

The women's version of this has been out for a while (and is very well-reviewed):

HotPatterns Essential Shift Dress
The girl's version, however is a new release and re-ignited my interest in the original pattern:

HP Mini-Me Essential Shift Dress
I'd like to get started on both of these dresses when I finish with the polo dress that I'm currently working on for Eva.

Wrap Dress (pattern undecided)

I'll be sewing along with the Curvy Sewing Collective's Wrapalong/Wrap Dress Sewalong, which kicks off in a few weeks. I'm still undecided about my pattern, but have two faux-wrap dress patterns on hand and one on the way from Australia.

Here are the three that I'm looking at:

New Look 6301

This dress is pretty much your standard faux/fixed wrap dress, but it has several sleeve and skirt options. I like how fuller or A-line skirts look on me better than pencil skirts, so I'd probably go with one of the fuller skirt views and either the short or long sleeves. I'll need to FBA the bodice for this and grade the skirt up a size, most likely.
New Look 6301 line drawings

StyleArc Slip-on Suzie

A well-reviewed faux wrap dress that should go together in a snap. I bought a large-scale print specifically for this dress, and both fabric and pattern are sitting in my stash:

StyleArc Slip-on Suzie
StyleArc Trixi

I've had my eye on this pattern for a while, but I finally pulled the trigger because I liked the freebie Molly knit top for the month. I like the neckline and side detail on this one.

StyleArc Trixi Dress

Holly Jumpsuit

I hate myself for loving this, and I haven't bought the pattern (yet), but against every ounce of better judgment in my body, I love the new Holly Jumpsuit from By Hand London.

Now, a little background, I've been loving all of the rompers that I've seen around Seattle all summer long. I wanted to make one but couldn't find a pattern that offered enough upper body coverage for me to feel comfortable. I know that the fashion police would probably say that I'm a little old for this look, but I think that with the shorts lengthened and in a more sophisticated print, it could be a fun and age appropriate look. In any case, the shorts version of this pattern is exactly what I was looking for, but it's getting too late in the season to sew a romper for this year.
By Hand London Holly Romper

There's a full-length jumpsuit view with flowing trousers, and I'm thinking that for fall, I'd combine the romper top with the full-length trousers. There was a princess-seamed top view to the full-length jumpsuit that the pattern testers got that I really liked, but for reasons having to do with another pattern release, didn't make it into the final pattern. I'm not a fan of the bodice view that made it in since it looks to be completely un-bra-strap friendly.
By Hand London Holly Jumpsuit
The me-in-my-head would get the fit and proportions right on this, and sew it in a drapey solid woven and would look oh-so-sophisticated in it. We'll see how that works out.

HotPatterns Refined Peasant Blouse

I still haven't sewn this release from HotPatterns from last spring, but I still really, really want a few of these in my wardrobe. It's pretty and it would go with a lot of things. I've got probably about a half dozen fabrics in my stash that would work well for this blouse.

HotPatterns Refined Peasant Blouse

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Guest post on the Curvy Sewing Collective!

Just a quick note today: If you haven't already done so today, hop on over to the Curvy Sewing Collective, where I've written a guest post all about shopping for knits with a wrap dress project in mind:

Wrapalong: choosing your fabric (and fabric discounts!)

If you're unfamiliar with the Curvy Sewing Collective, the CSC is a collective blog from a group of gorgeous, fabulous curvy-figured sewists. Articles have a focus of sewing for a curvy figure and body positivity. I highly recommend checking them out.

Additionally, the CSC is gearing up to host a sewalong starting in a few weeks. The sewalong will be for that iconic, curve-friendly garment, the wrap dress. In conjunction with the sewalong, they've posted some great discount codes to one of my favorite online fabric stores (Gorgeous Fabrics) and a new-to-me but very enticing store, The Smuggler's Daughter.

In sewing news, I finished my HotPatterns Torque Top a few days ago but haven't taken pictures yet. It's a fun top and a fun pattern. I'll post my full review once I've gotten the top photographed. I've also started on a knit polo dress for my daughter. The dress has a contrast polo placket, and I've never done this sort of placket before. It's sort of giving me fits. I think I've figured out what my big problem is, though and am hoping that after some seam ripping, the rest will go smoothly. If the dress turns out as cute as I'm expecting, I'll be using this pattern again, and hopefully the placket will only take 1 or 2 attempts next time instead of 3 or 4.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Finished Project: Green Bee Design & Patterns - Sally Romper

Toddler time!

Eva got to "test drive" her new romper out at the playground the other day. Photographing my new projects for her at a playground is certainly much more interesting (and better lit) than trying to photograph them in our backyard; however, trying to photograph a toddler at a playground is like trying to hold jello in a sieve, when it comes to getting her to sit still and smile for mommy's phone.

In any case, my latest finished project is a winner, I think. The pattern I used is the Green Bee Designs & Pattern Sally Romper (and Dress):

Green Bee Sally Romper
 Here's a flat view of the romper, not obscured by playground equipment:

Sally Romper - flat
I'm not particularly familiar with the pattern company, Green Bee Designs, but I saw this pattern with its adorable envelope photo and fell in love with it when I was browsing Drygood Design back in July. I loved that the pattern included both a romper and a dress option. Eva is prone to sometimes dropping to a downward-facing dog position at a moment's notice and declaring "Upside-down time!", so I like to dress her either in rompers or in dresses with some sort of shorts or leggings underneath. More specifically, I'm always a sucker for a cute, original romper pattern.

Green Bee Sally line drawing
Those cuffed shorts and pockets are too cute, aren't they?

As far as sizing goes, according to the size chart, Eva would be at the upper end of the 2T size for height, but at the lower end of the 2T for girth. Proportionately, she has a long torso, as well. I opted to trace a 3T in height and a 2T in width for her. I'm really glad that I went with the 3T in height; the 2T would have been pushing things on her torso length. This pattern runs true to size for the measurement chart.

Pattern instructions are on the sparse side. This wasn't an issue for me, but I could see it being intimidating for a beginner.  I like that they direct you to an almost-entirely clean-finished garment. However, there were times that I disagreed with the directed techniques to produce a good result. For example, you could use the "burrito technique" on the bodice yokes/front/back to get a clean-finished yoke, but the directions have you ironing up your seam allowance and top-stitching. I also did my button holes and buttons as soon as I had the main bodice completed so that I didn't have to deal with trying to stitch buttonholes with the romper shorts attached.

Here's a back view:

Green Bee Sally Romper - back view
The fabric I used is a Michael Miller quilting cotton from the "Anchors Aweigh" line. It has coral-colored whales on a navy blue background. I purchased this fabric from Drygood Design when I purchased the pattern.

Another toddler picture
Would I make this pattern again? Absolutely, although since our weather will likely start to cool soon, I'll be putting it away until the spring, when I'll likely need to trace off the next size up for Eva. I'd like to try the dress view, too.

I looked on Green Bee's web site, and they have several other really cute patterns for girls that I might give a try at some point. (I'm particularly eyeing that shirt dress pattern.) They have some cute women's patterns, too, but I'm more hesitant to try those because their women's sizes stop at an XL that I'd have to grade up quite a bit.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Projects in progress (September 2014)

Well, I was hoping to have a new "finished project" to blog about in my first "real content" post of the week. However, while I do have a new finished project (as of last Friday), I do not have photographs of the recipient (my daughter) wearing said project yet, thanks to the brief preview of fall weather we've had this week in Seattle. Instead, I'll give a quick update on what I've been working on and hope to have finished pretty soon.


To start, last week, I sewed up this adorable romper, which I made using the Green Bee Patterns Sally Romper and Dress pattern:

Green Bee Patterns Sally Romper
I wasn't at all familiar with the Green Bee pattern company, but I fell in love with the envelope picture for this when I was browsing Drygood Design last month. I love how this turned out, but I'll talk more about the pattern when I have photos of Eva actually modeling it and do my full write-up. (She's only gotten to wear it for about 2 hours so far, due to our cool weather streak.)


I feel like I'm in limbo, weather-wise right now. One day, we'll have a high of 60 degrees F. Four days later, we'll have a high of 85 F. My sewjo for making more summer dresses is pretty much gone at the moment, but on the other hand, we're having too much warm weather for me to really want to commit to fall sewing with, say, a jacket project. What's a sewist to do?

How about sew a casual-but-funky knit top with elbow-length sleeves, which can either be worn alone or layered under something when the weather cools? I dug out my several-years-old-but-never-sewn HotPatterns Triple Torque Top pattern. The pattern actually contains three different top patterns with different draping details in front. I chose this particular view because it reminded me of that BurdaStyle pattern with the asymmetrical drape that everyone was sewing last winter. I liked everyone else's versions of that top, but it only went up to a Burda size 44, and I was intimidated by the thought of grading up/adjusting those odd shaped pattern pieces. While the HotPatterns version as a few notable differences from the Burda version, the spirit of the two tops is similar. I hope to finish mine up in the next couple of days:

HP Torque Top (in progress)
Just Started

As I think I've posted before, I sew for 30 minutes before everyone else gets up every weekday morning. On weekends, I grab what sewing time I can, sometimes accompanied by my 2-year-old "helper", depending on what my husband needs to get done around the house/yard. What that means is that I can't count on any "floor time" to tape together PDF patterns or cut fabric on weekends, since both of those activities attract my daughter far worse than all four of our cats combined. I have learned that in order to be most efficient with the sewing time that I have, I need to do any pattern taping/tracing and fabric cutting during my weekday morning sessions. Even though I am loathe to leave something as a UFO (other than garments that are pretty much destined to be wadders), this means that sometimes I have to start on the prep stage of a pattern before my last project is finished.

With that in mind, I have taped together the PDF pattern and prewashed fabric for my next project--the Peek-a-Boo Patterns Poppy Polo Dress:

Peek-a-Boo Patterns Poppy Dress
Over the summer, Eva grew. She was on the border of a size 18M/2T at the beginning of the summer, and now her RTW 2T clothes are too short. Until I get her fall wardrobe (size 3T!) built up a bit, I will be alternating selfish sewing projects with selfless sewing for her. Expect to see many toddler projects from me over the next few months.

After finishing these projects, I'm not sure what I'll tackle. HotPatterns released a "mini-me" version of their essential shift dress pattern, so at the moment, I'm leaning towards making mommy-and-me versions of that dress. Because I'm a dork. But if you read my blog, you already knew that.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

HotPatterns Giveaway Winner!

Remember the giveaway that I posted last week for the HotPatterns Riviera Cote D'Azur top, tunic, and dress pattern?

HotPatterns Cote D'Azur Dress, Tunic, & Top

Well, we have a winner, as selected by the random number generator at

Lucky number 13!

Our winner is Fiona Vincent, who happened to post the lucky comment number 13! Fiona, could you please email me at at with your mailing address, and I'll ship your pattern out in the next few days? I hope that you enjoy the pattern--it has some nice warmer weather options as New Zealand heads into spring.

Thank you to all of my readers for your interest and participation in this giveaway! I'm sure that we'll do another one at some point.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Shopping for knits online, part 3: Rayon Jersey Knits

I intend for this to be my final post in my "shopping for knits online" series, and in this post, we'll look at a few listings for rayon jerseys from different online sources. If you're new to my blog, here are the other two posts in this series:
A few words about other types of knits: French Terry, Ponte de Roma, and neoprene/Scuba knits

Now, there certainly are other types of knit fabrics that you can buy online, such as French Terry, Ponte de Roma, and now even neoprene/SCUBA double knits. I may add onto this series with a post about these fabrics later on, but as for now, I don't feel confident enough in my own ability to shop for these fabric types to write an entire post about them. However, here are a few observations that I've made based on my experience so far with these fabrics:
  • French Terry: The few pieces of French Terry that I've bought and worked with (all from Girl Charlee) have all been absolutely lovely fabrics--drapey with a nice amount of body (more body than many of the jersey knits we've discussed in this series).  I love this stuff. It's held up well to washing and wearing so far, and I expect to stalk their web site and buy/stash prints and colors that I like when they get them in stock.
  • Ponte de Roma: Ponte de Roma is a type of double knit fabric and is currently experiencing a lot of popularity. PdR is affordable, has a nice drape, and is often available in a wide variety of solid colors and prints.  Because PdR is relatively stable, you can also often use it in a pattern that calls for a woven fabric. (A lot of people refer to this fabric as "Ponte" as a shortcut, but "Ponte" is a different fabric with less drape.) PdR is typically a blend of rayon, polyester, and spandex. Because this fabric type is a rayon-poly blend, some fabrics will pill in the wash, which is generally the biggest knock against Pdr. Generally, a blend with a higher poly content will tend to pill more than a blend with a higher rayon content, although I have read about exceptions online. Blends with higher rayon content will also tend to feel softer to the touch. Occasionally, you'll run across a PdR that's all poly and spandex with no rayon. I, personally, would probably not purchase this fabric.
  • Neoprene/SCUBA knits: These are everywhere right now, often available in vibrant colors and prints. Neoprene/SCUBA is a beef-ish double knit that can be used for more structured garments. No, it does not feel like a wetsuit. I've purchased three cuts of this fabric from three different sources but have not sewn any of it yet (although I plan to do so soon).
    • The first cut that I ordered was an inexpensive solid purple cut that I bought on sale from FabricMart. Honestly, this fabric feels "icky" for a lack of a better word. Luckily, I only bought one yard of it to make a Mabel pencil skirt, but I can't seem to bring myself to actually work with this cut. Maybe it'll feel better after washing, but right now, I'm leaning towards writing off my $6 investment.
    • The second cut that I ordered was a cut from Girl Charlee, and it feels So. Much. Nicer. than the stuff from FabricMart. This cut was from the big lot of SCUBA fabric that they got in within the last month or so. It's beefy and soft and stable, and I think that it will work well as an unlined bomber jacket, which is what I'd originally purchased it for.
    • The third cut that I ordered was from Gorgeous Fabrics. They've gotten a lot of neoprene in lately, too, and I got sucked in by a cool print. This cut was the most expensive, and not surprisingly, feels the nicest out of the bunch. I'm planning to do a "wearable muslin" in the Girl Charlee fabric and make my "real" garment out of the stuff from Gorgeous Fabrics.
Onto the rayon jerseys...

For me, rayon jerseys have required the most trial-and-error shopping out of any type of knit. "Mid-weight" seems to mean something different to every online retailer. This post will largely be me sharing my lessons learned with you.

If you haven't worked with rayon jersey before, be aware that this type of jersey is generally very soft and very drapey. If you're not used to working with drapey knits, rayons can be a bit more difficult to work with than more stable knits like ITY jerseys and cotton knits. On the other hand, rayons usually have an amazing drape and are great for garments with ruching details or things like cowls necklines.

I won't discuss "tissue-weight" or "layering" rayon jerseys in this post because I avoid those like the plague. Jerseys of those weights absolutely have to be lined or layered with another piece, and I'd rather not deal with them. That said, I could see them working well for lounge tops or lingerie. The "tissue weight" or "layering" red light keywords apply across all online fabric sources, as far as I'm concerned.

Enough rambling from me. Let's look at some jerseys!

11oz. rayon/lycra jersey from Emma One Sock

I'll cut to the chase, I love the 11 oz. rayon lycra jersey from Emma One Sock. To me, it's the gold standard for rayon lycra jerseys and is worth the price tag, if you've got an appropriate TNT garment to use it for.
Emma One Sock 11 oz rayon jersey
Linda from EOS always has a ton of this fabric in stock in many, many different colors. You can reliably order and re-order from this group and always know what you're going to get.

At $18/yard, if you use 2 yards for a knit top pattern that you've already made and loved, $36 total for a top that will wash and wear well through multiple seasons seems like a good investment to me. The description for this fabric is pretty accurate. The thing to take away from it is the weight is 11oz, and if you look at the suggested uses, "pants" are one of them. This is a beefy knit. A maxi-dress made out of this will both stretch (note the 4-way stretch) and feel heavy.

I've bought and sewn with this fabric probably about a half dozen or more times over the years. I love this fabric for tops. I like it for simple knit dresses; however, I wouldn't go with any fuller of a skirt than an A-line shape for this fabric, as a dress with a full skirt will feel pretty heavy. This fabric would work great for a dress bodice in a solid color and the skirt in a lighter-weight print.

Knit print from Emma One Sock

Hint: most fabrics described as "knit prints" from EOS are rayon jerseys. Of course, you'll want to check the fabric description to be sure. Here's a fairly typical knit print (i.e. "rayon jersey") listing from EOS:

Knit Print from EOS
With this fabric, you're largely paying for the quality of the print. I haven't worked with this exact fabric, but I have occasionally splurged on other rayon knit prints from EOS, and her knits are generally quite a bit lighter weight and drapier than the solid-colored 11oz jersey. This listing describes this fabric as medium-lightweight, and from the similar knits that I've worked with, I would agree. I'd use this fabric in either a knit top or a drapey dress, like a Colette Myrtle.

Midweight Rayon Jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics

Moving down the price scale a little bit, here's a midweight rayon jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics:

Midweight Rayon Jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics
Now, when I think of a fabric as "midweight", I usually think of a t-shirt as an example garment. I don't think that necessarily applies to rayon jerseys, and I think we'll generally be happier if we can get that association out of our heads. This fabric is described as "midweight", but the midweight rayon jerseys that I've received from Gorgeous Fabrics have definitely been on the lighter side of what I'd use for a t-shirt. They do, however, work well for drapey knit tops, which is the example pattern in this listing (the "HP Mighty Aphrodite knit top"). Another clue is that Ann hints that this jersey can be layered with other garments--to me, that's a pretty big sign post that this fabric is on the lighter side.

Super Soft Rayon Jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics

Okay, if the above fabric is a "midweight" jersey, then what's a super soft jersey?

"Super soft" rayon jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics
When Ann says that a fabric is "super soft", she means it. You might buy this fabric for a top, but you'll feel it and want to use it for pajamas. I'm sure that it varies some, but my experience has been that the "super soft" jerseys run a little lighter in weight than Ann's "midweight" jerseys.

This listing doesn't contain a whole lot of clues as to the weight of the fabric, but both recommended patterns have some drape and gather details. If this fabric is the same as other "super soft" jerseys I've bought/swatched from GF, I'm not sure that I would use it for a Tiramisu. Normally, Ann's descriptions and recommendations for her fabric are spot-on, but my opinion does occasionally differ from hers once I have fabric in-hand. rayon jerseys

I won't post individual listing examples for because I haven't ordered a rayon jersey from here in a while, generally having been disappointed with how lightweight the ones that I'd ordered were. I mention them because I know that they're a popular source for inexpensive rayon jerseys among a lot of sewists. I can offer some general guidelines, though, if you're interested in ordering rayon jersey from
  •  "Tissue": You'll see a lot of jerseys use this word in their description. Tissue weight jersey is EXTREMELY lightweight. As I mentioned in my intro, I avoid anything of this weight like the plague.
  • "Slub": The word "slub" refers to little runs and "flaws" intentionally knitted into the fabric. Slub doesn't mean anything weight-wise. Pay attention to the fabric description for that.
  • "Lightweight": As with ITY jerseys, when says that something is lightweight, they mean it. "Lightweight" generally isn't as lightweight as "tissue" weight, but it's still a weight that I avoid. 
  • "Dakota": Dakota is a manufacturer brand name. I've seen the Dakota line fabrics on other sites listed for significantly more than what charges. If I were going to order a rayon jersey from, I'd look for the Dakota name and stick with that. In my experience, when mentions a manufacturer's brand name, it's nearly always a fabric of at least decent quality.
And of course, if you're in doubt, remember that you can always order swatches.

HotPatterns giveaway update

If you haven't posted a comment for the HotPatterns giveaway, you still have a few days to do so before the August 30th cut-off (PST). I'll announce the winner on Monday:

HotPatterns giveaway post