One of my must-stop shops when I'm in Paris is the lovely Anna Ka Bazaar. You might have seen me write about it in this post from my trip in 2014. During one of my visits last year, as I was loading my luggage up with goodies to bring home, I met the one of the owners and exchanged information. After arriving home, they launched a new rayon collection for their line of fabric, Atelier Brunette, and offered some to me to sew with.
I picked the "Halo" print in brown and it's very lovely in real life. The weight and drape is really great and is perfect for something that requires a flowy fabric. I picked the shift dress from my book, Skirts & Dresses for First Time Sewers, that incidentally, is released this month! You've seen this dress before if you follow me on this blog or on Instagram. It's a very simple front and back with gathered cuffs. It's an easy dress to toss on and look and feel pulled together.
I had just enough of the fabric to make the dress and it's a perfect fit for this silhouette. My only slight word of caution of the fabric is that the black ink of the background did rub off a bit on my arms after washing and drying the fabric in advance. I washed it a second time and never had the problem again, so note that you might want to give it a good washing. But the weight and drape was delightful, even after washing and drying it in a machine, making it super easy to care for later.
Even if you're not in Europe you can buy directly from their website. And if you're going to pick up some of the rayon, you might as well get some of their other cute prints too! There are tons of adorable goodies there! I know I'll be back this spring to load up on lots more!
*I was given the fabric for free by Atelier Brunette with no strings attached, and chose to sew and blog about it on my own. All opinions are mine.*