Now that I have the neckline finish mapped out, the next step if finalizing the sleeve. I’ve drafted a sleeve with elbow dart that worked our perfectly. It is the back-up plan in case my last effort at the fitted sleeve with vertical dart fails. Then onto the sewing–finally!
I’m still considering if the Dritz nylon stay tape is right for the rayon challis fashion fabric. I may need something with a little more support in it. So I’ll experiment on some scraps using organza or light weight muslin as a stabilizing strip along the neckline.
It’s always good to read up on the type of fabric one will use before cutting and sewing. Even though I have reference books I check online sources, too. Here’s one you might find useful should you try sewing with rayon challis:
Free downloadable fact sheet: Sewing with Rayon Challis
“Sewing with Rayon Challis”
by Rose Marie Tondl, Extension Clothing Specialist
Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Concise summary on supplies and finishes that work best with Rayon Challis.