The pattern suggested crepe de chine, broadcloth or jersey. I chose two rayon jerseys from Fabric Mart, and ordered 3 yards of each color. The fabric shrunk quite a bit after the first washing, and I was left with 2-1/2 yards of each. That sounds like a lot of fabric, but the dress really took the entire length of it. I do have some bits and pieces left that I'm hoping to piece together another top.
Rayon jerseys have many pluses- they drape beautifully, they are extremely soft and silky to the touch, and are breathable. On the minus side- they tend to grow longer as the day goes on, so you have to do something to stabilize areas like necklines and armholes, and you need to adjust the overall length.
So, for this dress, I first folded out about 4" of length from the pattern before cutting. I removed 1" across the chest, so that it would shorten the armhole length. I removed 2" in the main body at the shorten/length line, and I removed 1" at the lower layer hemline.
I'm 5' 9" and if I made this out of a woven fabric, I would have added about 3" in length, so removing 4" gives you an idea of just how much a rayon jersey will grow. I'm even wearing 3" heels in these photos!
The other change that I made to the pattern was that I chose to simplify the neckline. It is designed for an interfaced neckband and a loop and button closure in the back. I skipped the interfacing, and just sewed the band in a circle, so that I can pull this over my head. I actually tried it on before adding the bottom layer, and it looked good, so this pattern could easily be a shorter dress, just by removing the lower piece. The dress has in-seam pockets as well. Thank you, Vogue! I love a dress with pockets!
We took these pictures on a windy day- the skirt would normally hang straight down, but I kind of like the dramatic effect the wind has on it. Made from a light weight knit, this is almost a one size fits all dress. I say "almost" because of the length. But if you are wearing a belt, you can pull up the extra length and blouse it over the belt.
I made this to wear to my daughter's college graduation party. It was comfortable and everyone loved it. I hope that I'll have more occasions to wear it this summer. It seems a little dressy for every day wear, but honestly, it is so comfortable that it feels like I'm wearing pajamas.