The Peony dress is such a fun, simple pattern! You can make so many different color variations and add embellishments to it. Next week we’ll be showing you some really neat things you can do to make the dress extra special. But before all that, let’s talk about choosing the right fabric to get you started.
A light to medium weight fabric works best for the Peony dress. We talked a little bit about drape when choosing fabric for the Jasmine blouse here. Use a lightweight fabric if you want your dress to be quite drapey. The skirt will have more structure and stick out a bit with a medium weight fabric. The choice is up to you! Both drapes look good, it’s simply a matter of what you want.
types of fabric
We used wool crepe and plain weave silk for the fall photo shoot. They are both very similar in weights. Because the wool was lined, it had some extra boost in the skirt. While the pattern doesn’t show you how to fully line a dress, you can read about how to do so in this excellent book, Easy Guide to Sewing Linings by Connie Long. Nice cotton flannel, wool gabardine, wool crepe and wool challis are some great fall/winter fabrics. You’ll need to line these fabrics because wool is itchy and flannel will stick to your legs without a lining. Other than perennial favorites, rayon and silk, for a more year-round fabric choice, look at cotton blends such as cotton/silk, cotton/rayon, or cotton/wool. So many fabrics will work with this pattern, it’s hard to narrow it down!
- find a fun vintage rayon print on sites such as Etsy
- color block with a different color skirt, bodice and belt
- match the pocket lining with the belt
- make the cap sleeves in chiffon with a matching chiffon belt
If you’re planning on making the dress, we’d love to hear about your fabric choice in the comments. Do you have any fun ideas for the dress?
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