Are you guys excited about the Saltspring Sew-Along? We are! Right now, we’ve got fabric on our mind. We suggest lightweight drapey fabrics for this dress, like rayon challis, crepe, charmeuse, or even a lightweight knit! What do we mean by drape? You want to look for a fabric that is fluid, and falls in loose folds. Nothing too stiff, because you won’t get that nice blousing effect.
Here are some great fabric options from around the web to get you inspired!
Rayon Challis is soft, drapey and breathable! There are so many great prints out there in this fabric. Definitely, if you go with this option, you want to pre-wash your fabric! Rayon tends to shrink a lot. Another thing to keep in mind is that rayon will wrinkle. You will need to iron your dress often, and you may end up a bit rumpled by the end of a day wearing this fabric. Even with those drawbacks, this is such a popular fabric!
If you choose to go with a knit, you can omit the back zipper on the dress. This speeds up the sewing time significantly. Knit dresses always look flattering and effortless. Go with a natural fiber, like cotton, rayon, modal, tencel, bamboo… and your dress will be breathable and airy too! But this dress doesn’t limit itself to the summer season (I’m talking to you Southern hemisphere readers). I’ve been dreaming of a wool knit maxi version for fall. Paired with a cropped jacket or blazer, and a cozy scarf, how cute would that be?
Crepe is one of those fabrics that sometimes gets a bad rap. I used to look at crepe and think… boring! But not all crepe is dull! Silk crepe de chine is elegant, soft and drapes beautifully. A bright colored georgette would be amazing for this dress. Even a lightweight wool crepe would make a gorgeous fall version of this dress (if you omit the tie straps and go with regular straps, then it won’t be such a summery look). The nice thing about a crepe weave is that it tends to resist creasing, and has a lovely drape. The texture of the yarns makes this type of fabric easy to sew. Win, win!
Charmeuse isn’t the easiest to sew, but if you are brave, it will give you an amazingly chic and put together look. Charmeuse tends to have a bit of a sheen to it, so it will make your dress more evening appropriate. Date night? We vote yes!
Wondering about another fabric that you think could work? Ask us in the comments! We’d love to hear your ideas.