I love striped fabric. There are so many things you can do to play with it.
This silk has been sitting in my stash well over a year. I ordered it online, and it was actually a bit of a disappointment. I loved the blue, but was expecting the lighter color to be a cream. Instead, it’s more of a greyish taupe. It isn’t bad, it just wasn’t what I expected. It went into one of my fabric boxes and there it has remained.
I rediscovered it while “shopping my stash” for a striped fabric I could make into a simple shift. That’s the great thing about shifts like this, you can use any sort of large pattern, stripes, or plaid and the lines are unbroken by a waistline seam or waist darts. They’ve always been my favorite type of dress to make and wear.
Because the fabric is a drapey crepe, I underlined it with a plain white silk/cotton blend to give it a bit more heft. (I only wish I’d ironed it before taking these pictures, sorry).
But my favorite part is the front detail I added.
I was already making bias tape for the neckline, so I started playing with the directionality and ended up with this cool chevron going down the front.
It’s really just two pieces of bias tape sewn flat and edgestitched. To get the chevron, one strip is turned to the right side and one strip to the wrong side. So this only really works if the right and wrong sides of your fabric look the same.
[ETA: Alison points out in the comments that you could also cut another bias strip at 90 degrees to the first if you have the extra fabric. So that's a solution if your fabric does have an obvious wrong side to it]
Since I had plenty of bias tape left, I used it to finish the hem too. Don’t you love when clothes look as good on the inside as the outside?