Spring in Vermont can be such a hopeful time of year: our winters are really, really, (really) long and we collectively pray for a bit of sunshine. Each year when it finally arrives and the leaves and grass begin to grow, I gravitate towards green fabrics to sew with.
I was intrigued by this new cotton faille, as I had never heard of this type of fabric, and had no idea what the drape or texture would be like. I loved the bold, vibrant colors and prints though and was planning a dress or jumpsuit depending on what it seemed best suited for.
It arrived and was very bright with a crisp drape before I washed it, with a slightly dimpled texture and light-to-medium weight. The apple green floral print and the texture of the fabric had a very vintage feel to me and I loved the 100% cotton fiber content and that I could envision it made up in a number of different ways: 60’s style housedress, fun pants, button-down top with a collar…After washing in cold water and drying it on low, it softened up nicely and was very easy to sew with. I also loved the larger scale of the print, but definitely swipe through the photos online of these prints to see them draped so you won’t be surprised.
I chose a wide-leg, belted jumpsuit pattern that I’d been working on for a while as my base, and added a long bright orange front zipper and cap sleeves. I love the way the jumpsuit makes me feel, even though it’s definitely a brighter palette than I’m used to. I would happily wear this to a wedding or to any fun summer event coming up.
It can be hard to take a chance on a new fabric online, but I’m so happy to have learned about this one. I will most likely try some of the other prints on upcoming projects: anything where a large floral print with a crisp drape would be well suited.