1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9Linens I love working with linens and they are another beginner friendly fabric to work with. I am drawn to how breathable they are in the warmer seasons, how easy they are to care for, and the natural textures of the fabric. Linen will usually wrinkle a lot, but I like to embrace that. When choosing a linen just make sure that it is a lightweight linen so that it has some drape to it.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9Rayons Oh rayon, how I love you. Rayon is the perfect baby step into more difficult and slippery fabrics for someone who wants a more flattering fabric, but is not quite ready for the big guns like silk. Generally speaking rayons have great drape, but are still pretty easy to work with. My favorite type of rayon to work with is rayon challis. It's usually quite affordable and comes in lots of fun prints. The only downside is that it does wrinkle a lot as well. But, when used for a dress I find that the weight of the fabric really helps take care of that. You may also see rayons marked as viscose.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9Crepe de Chine Crepe de Chine is another one of my very favorite types of fabric to work with. For a more affordable option choose a polyester, but for a more luxurious feel definitely go for silk. You won't regret it. Although silk is more expensive, I find it much easier to work with than polyester. It presses well and has a gorgeous drape to it. The reason why I like crepe de chine so much is that while being lightweight and flowy it is usually not see through like similar fabrics might be.
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I will be sewing up two dresses for the sewalong - one for View A and one for View B.
For View A I am using this poly crepe from fabric.com. I am always a sucker for black and white and I like the simple irregular dots.
And for View B I have this amazing rayon that I bought off of etsy. I think I bought up the rest of her supply, but she has some other amazing rayons. I also bought this one which I will be using for a future variation tutorial.
If you are participating in the sewalong next week go ahead and prewash your fabric and iron if needed. Can't wait to get started.