Anyone out there sweltering? Me, too! Here’s a quick run down of the fabrics I love to sew for summer. Needless to say, they’re all natural.
The above Deep V Tunic top from DIY Couture’s No Patterns Needed book has become my summer go-to. Pair it with shorts, and I have my summer uniform right there. It’s stylish, floaty and provides good coverage whilst still allowing my body to breath.
And it’s sewn in silk.
Judge your silk. You want a fabric with enough heft that it shan’t crease, show what you had for dinner or be a nightmare to launder. (The great detail with this top is that because it’s so floaty you can manage a few wears before the next launder.)
This make also works great in a floaty viscose – my second natural fabric for summer. Yes, you can call viscose natural because it’s made from wood pulp. Further details here in my Fabric Focus series.
Here I am on a Greek holiday. If you’re gonna get hot, you need double gauze in your life. My go-to supplier remains The Village Haberdashery and you should see what they have in. Double gauze is made of two fine layers of cotton that are tacked together at intervals. This makes double gauze very, very breathable – but again, you don’t need to worry about sunlight piercing the fabric.
This cotton is also very adaptable to different makes. As I type, I am wearing the below Tofino shorts sewn four years ago. Four! I think we call that a successful make.
This is my Lilou dress in linen. I remain very proud of the split bust darts on this make, so here’s another gratuitous shot of my chest :
Split bust darts are great for if you have a larger chest to accommodate, and want to avoid The Pointy Chest Of Doom. Full details of what I did here.
Again, I have another comprehensive Fabric Focus on linen. Top tip – pre-wash the fabric more than once.
Stretch Cotton Sateen
This one’s a cheat. With the stretch factor, this fabric can’t be 100% natural. But bear with me. Stretch cotton sateen often comes with great colour saturation, lively prints, it’s affordable – and I find it really easy to sew with. Again, dense enough that you needn’t wear a slip unless you want to. Perfect for a smarter summer dress, like the Simplicity 1882.
Any other fabrics that you recommend for summer?