It’s Day 3 of the Roksi Trio and today we are talking all about fabrics + supplies! The Roksi Trio is one of those blessed patterns that does not require any fancy closures or notions (can I get an amen!?) There are however some specific supplies that will make sewing your Roksi go a little smoother, so lets get started!
First lets talk fabric. Your pattern booklet will recommend that you sew Roksi in lightweight fabrics with good drape. All of the fabrics you see in my Roksi Trio video are either crepe de chine or rayon challis. Both of these are great options for Roksi! But don’t feel limited by this recommendation. I’ve made Roksi in quilting weight cotton and wax print which also works great. These stiffer fabrics give Roksi a fun “pop” in it’s silhouette rather than the dreamy drape of the more slinky fabrics (See photos below). I even think a more formal Roksi in something like organza would be a DREAM. Throw some horsehair in that hem and…WOW.
But you probably aren’t here to sew a formal Roksi so lets stick to some basic recommendations:
- Crepe De Chine
- Rayon Challis
Keep in mind that if your fabric is see-through you may need a layer of lining in between your inner and outer layers if you don’t want the revers fabric to show through. You may even want to opt for a non-reversible version here and simply do lining on the inside instead of a contrasting fabric.
Another thing to think about is that Roksi has a clean finished hem (inner and outer hem are sewn together so the two layers do not hang freely). With “springy” fabrics like chiffon or georgette, it will be more difficult to get a super crisp hem and you may be left with a “bubbled” look. To avoid this, simply leave the two layers separate and give them each a baby hem.
When buying your fabric for Roksi, don’t forget to keep an eye on your fabric requirements chart. Especially when sewing the dress version, where certain widths are necessary to make it work for different sizes. You don’t want to go to cut out your Roksi and come up short! If you have your heart set on a certain fabric and it isn’t wide enough, you do have the option of cutting Roksi on the cross grain. Check the finished length to make sure your size fits into the with of the fabric cross grain. While its not recommended to simply change grains on patterns like this, with the Roksi you can get away with it because it has so many bias-y angles anyway (also I love breaking sewing rules). If you do this keep in mind you will need a little more fabric than the requirements say (probably about 2 yards extra!)
As always, sewing isn’t just about the fabric. There are a few tools that will help you construct your Roksi Trio with the utmost success. Watch this video for an overview of the Roksi Trio supplies.
Happy Roksi Sewing!