What fabric to pair with what sewing pattern and vice versa is one of the most common questions that we help our lovely customers with. Sometimes too much choice can feel a bit more overwhelming and with so many different pattern and fabric options available now it can mean making a decision on your next project is hard.
In todays post I wanted to pick out some of my favourite fabric and pattern pairings of the month to give you a bit of inspiration for your next handmade project.
If you prefer seeing things in a video format, you can check out my latest Youtube video here where I chat through the patterns and show my fabric picks up close so you can see their drape and handle.
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Grainline Hadley in Atelier Brunette Stardust Double Gauze
The Hadley is a lovely simple design with some really nice details. I think this powder coloured cotton double gauze fabric from Atelier Brunette will look lovely in the sleeveless version with the soft v-neck. The deep hem facings and dipped hemline at the back would make the fabric hang really beautifully and it would great paired with everything from jeans to shorts or a floaty skirt.
It's suggested as an advanced beginner pattern and techniques involved include sewing straight and curved seams, setting sleeves, darts, pleating, and applying facings.
Deer and Doe Pensse in Rifle Paper Co Rayon
The new Pensse camisole and slip dress from Deer and Doe has a flattering V-neck with sculpted darts at the top of the bust. The cami has a cool and breezy loose fit, wraps at the back and ties at the side.
Pairing with this beautiful colourful Rifle Paper Co rayon fabric will mean the fuller style drapes perfectly. It is a great layering piece and would look lovely in the summer with some simple linen trousers.
Merchant and Mills Camber Top in a Cotton Double Gauze
The Merchant and Mills Camber top is another great basic to have that pairs nicely with everything from jeans to linen trousers and the looser t-shirt fit would also look cute tucked into something high waisted. It has some nice details including a yoke at the back and a front bias finish at the neckline with little short sleeves.
I've picked out this pretty cotton double gauze fabric from Rico Design with an abstract paint splash design in lovely mustard, blush and blue colour tones. Unlike a lot of other double gauze fabrics this one is a wide width at 140cm.
Tilly and the Buttons Dominique Skirt in a floaty viscose
The Tilly and the Buttons Dominique skirt is a lovely simple skirt with two options. I think the flared version would look gorgeous in this floaty cornflower blue viscose fabric as it's cut on the bias so gives a flowing silhouette. There are two lengths to choose from - knee-length or on-trend midi hemline with optional turnover top pockets, belt loops and elegant sash.
The soft neutral blue shade of the fabric makes it easy to pair with lots of other colours.
If you are new to working with viscose this is a nice project to start with as the instructions are really detailed and talk you though everything step by step.
True Bias Emerson Trousers in a classic linen fabric
The True Bias Emerson trousers are a pull-on style with a comfortable elastic waist band at the back and a flattering front waist band extending into pleats with side pockets.
Choose from a mid-rise or high-rise at the waist and a cropped wide leg or shorts - with approx 4 inch inseam.