Isn’t it the most difficult decision, choosing which fabric to make a pattern up in? If you’re anything like me you will invariably find beautiful fabric yet no Sewing Pattern for it, or worse! The Pattern yet no Fabric!
As the Dimpsy T Sew-Along get into it’s stride I’d like to share some fabrics choices for your own Dimpsy T, and indeed what properties different fabrics have for any and all sewing projects you may be contemplating.
My first tip is to evaluate what you already have… the Dimpsy T doesn’t need all that much fabric, benefits from a contrast Collar and can be a great ‘stash buster’ so why not delve into the carefully hoarded fabrics we all know you have hidden about the house and see if you already have anything you’d like to use.
These are the fabrics best suited to a Dimpsy T, and indeed any light weight Shirt, Blouse, Top or Dress. I have listed them as Fabric, Description and the Use so there is a handy reference guide for future Sewing projects!
Cotton is the most versatile and easy to use Fabric there is. Not least because it is available in a variety of cheerful, fun and sometimes beautiful prints and colours! You will find it in many different weights from Lawn to Quilting Weight Cotton and even Denim and Corduroy. All are suitable for a variety of projects. Cotton irons crisply, stays where you put it, washes and wears well and is the first thing I suggest people learn to sew with.
Cotton suggestions for The Dimpsy T include Cotton Lawn, Poplin, Voile, Batiste, Dotted Swiss, Broderie Anglaise and lighter weight Cottons which are perfect for Summer days! These should be used for lighter clothing like the Dimpsy T and may need to be lined or interlined because they’re so thin. They work beautifully for clothing which needs a ‘floaty’ non-structured feel and, because they are very light, clothing which isn’t too fitted as the fabric will pull away from the stitching however; they will turn out a beautifully crisp Collar!
Slightly heavier than Cotton, Linen has a natural sheen and creases easily however; it sews beautifully, comes in many, many different colours and is even available ‘shot’- the Warp is one colour, Weft another so the fabric ‘shimmers’ as you turn it, and even ‘double faced- the back is an entirely different colour from the front! You can also find Linen mix fabrics and it is often mixed with Cotton, which produces a less mobile fabric. A great source of interesting Linens is The Cloth House in London.
Use for non-structured, comfortable garments. Ideal for the Dimpsy T, the collar will look crisp but comfortable all day, and the Tunic Hack divine! Linen irons wonderfully, washes and wear well however; remember to neaten those seams as Linen can fray alarmingly!
Le sigh, I do love silk! It comes in such a variety of textures, and holds colour so beautifully who wouldn’t want a Silken Dimpsy T? Lighter weight Silks- the ones recommended for the Dimpsy T- can be very difficult to handle so I would suggest these are not for the faint of heart and maybe samples need to be accomplished to get used to handling the fabric. French Seams must be employed for the more delicate, sheer Silks and hand finishing details like hemming are a must however; you are more than paid back for the effort with the final product.
Silk suggestions for the Dimpsy T include Charmeuse which has a shimmery, satin shine to the front and is Crepe backed. Both sides may be used as the front and Charmeuse is often used in evening wear because of it’s beautiful drape (but I think a Dimpsy in Silk Charmeuse would look simply stunning with a pair of jeans!). Chiffon, which is almost completely sheer, hates to be pinned but is relatively easy to sew because of its texture but will need the dreaded French Seaming… everywhere!. Finally Noil, a fabric I adore! It can sometimes smell a little funny as it’s often untreated and known as ‘raw silk’. This has many of the sewing properties of Cotton however; it drapes softly, resists wrinkling and can be home dyed with extreme ease. It has a slightly rough texture but feels soft. I think it is much underrated!
What a gorgeous list of scrummy natural fabrics!
I do hope you find this useful, and I can’t wait to see what you all choose to make your Dimpsy T out of… or indeed what this list inspires you to stitch up! Remember that you can buy your very own Dimpsy T Pattern here, to join in with this Sew-Along. Use Coupon Code DIMPSYOFFER for 15% off of your order!
The much anticipated Hack Book will be released at the end of this Sew-Along and will include details on how to change your original Dimpsy T Pattern into a Tunic, Dress and Button Back Shirt.