The fabric suggestions that I’ve compiled below are from many lovely fabric shops around the web. There are some great options here! Let’s geek out about fabric, shall we?
The Granville shirt is a classic buttondown shirt. For this, I would suggest fabrics made out of cotton, linen, or any blends including those fibers. You want something with a bit of structure that will give you a nice crisp collar, button band, and sleeve placket. Look for a fabric that will press nicely (natural fibers are your friend!).
Cotton poplin, voile, lawn, chambray, and seersucker will all work nicely. You might find something like a rayon poplin or linen voile – which are also good choices. If you’re shopping online, anything labeled as shirting is a safe bet!
For the Oakridge blouse, the style lends itself well to fabrics with more drape and flow. Fabrics made from rayon or silk will be inherently drapier. That’s a made up word, but you get it! Challis, crepe de chine, and charmeuse will all fall heavily, hanging in soft folds.
I especially like the bow blouse version with fabrics that have a nice drape. A cotton lawn, voile, or chambray will have more body and hang in stiff folds – these fabrics could work nicely for the collarless version.
Want to see some examples? I’ve included sources below, along with notes about which pattern the fabric would be suitable for. Some fabrics could work for both the Granville Shirt and Oakridge Blouse.
1. Rayon Challis from Fabric.com / for the Oakridge Blouse
2. Silk Crepe de Chine from Gorgeous Fabrics / for the Oakridge Blouse
3. Liberty Cotton Lawn from Fabric.com / for the Granville Shirt or Oakridge Blouse
4. Silk Crepe de Chine from Gorgeous Fabrics / for the Oakridge Blouse
5. Seersucker from Mood / for the Granville Shirt
6. Cotton Plaid Shirting from Mood / for the Granville Shirt
7. Silk Charmeuse from Mood / for the Oakridge blouse
8. Liberty Cotton Lawn from Fabric.com / for the Granville Shirt or Oakridge Blouse
9. Silk Crepe de Chine from Vogue Fabrics / for the Oakridge Blouse
10. Viscose Poplin from Fabric.com / for the Granville Shirt or Oakridge Blouse
11. Cotton Poplin from Fabric.com / for the Granville Shirt
12. Marc Jacobs Plaid from Mood / for the Granville Shirt
13. Chambray from Michael Levine / for the Granville Shirt or Oakridge Blouse
14. Gingham from Michael Levine / for the Granville Shirt
15. Cotton Poplin from Mood / for the Granville Shirt
If you’re shopping online, look for fabrics with the keywords above. If you’re shopping in person, there is no need to limit yourself. You can use our suggestions as a guide, but go with your gut!
If you are looking at a fabric that is the weight, drape, and feel that you would want in a shirt or blouse, don’t worry about what it’s called. There are no real rules here, you call the shots! (And if you like the exact fabrics we used for our samples, I’ve stocked many of them in my shop.)
Questions? Feel free to ask me in the comments!