Merchant and Mills Shirt Dress in Rayon

 

The Cotton + Steel Rayon makes the dress so flowy.
The Cotton + Steel Rayon makes the dress so flowy.

In order to showcase our lovely Cotton + Steel rayons, I had Bonnie make me a Merchant and Mills Dress Shirt out of Pixel Print Rayon in Neon.

I think rayon is a great choice for all the Merchant and Mills dresses, which are not very fitted, and can look boxy. Bonnie made me a size 16 based on my measurements, but a size 14 would have fit just fine.

I washed and dried the fabric before Bonnie cut it out so that I wouldn’t have any shrinkage.

Bonnie loved working with both the fabric and the pattern – her only caveat is that the fabric is slippery, which makes it hard to cut out. We have been experimenting with Best Press for slippery fabrics. It is a clear spray that is touted as a “sizing alternative,” and it gives all fabrics a little stiffness.

I love this dress! The curved bib in the front gives it enough shape, and the shirt-tail hem is so cute. I could wear it every day in the summer!

I love the gathering below the back yoke
I love the gathering below the back yoke
The curved bib in front keeps the dress slightly form-fitting
The curved bib in front keeps the dress slightly form-fitting

Photos by Bess Bird Photography

2 thoughts on “Merchant and Mills Shirt Dress in Rayon

  1. Kathy Zachry says:

    Kate, I looked t the fabrics on your website but didn’t find the fabric width listed anywhere. Are my eyes deceiving me?

  2. Kate McIvor says:

    Hi Kathy,
    Scroll down and look for the “additional information” tab. The width is listed there.
    Thanks!
    Kate

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