Springtime Crepe


I thought you guys might enjoy these photos of Crepe in some lovely & light colorways as we start thinking about Spring sewing more and more.

The polka dot version is made from a crisp cotton, and the white version is a lovely swiss dot with a turquoise cotton batiste sash. Swiss dot is one of my all time favorite warm weather fabrics… soft and floaty and feminine, but still casual and easy to wear.

PS: Check out Hillary’s “week of three crepes” in the forum… that’s right, she sewed three in a week!

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I’m in love with the polka dots!!! I can’t wait to sew up my own Crepe!

Laura S.

Beautiful dresses and color choices! I have some white seersucker in my stash, and now I’m inspired to do something similar to your swiss dot with the pop of color at the waist.


Ooh, seersucker is one of my favorite warm weather fabrics too. So comfy!


the polka dot version is almost exactly the dress I dreamed of as a small child!


Absolutely stunning! It’s amazing how versatile this pattern is just by simply switching up the fabric. I’m hoping to make my own Crepe up sometime in the next month or two, from a gorgeous cotton/wool challis in a dark floral. But these have me dreaming of lighter, brighter ones too! Did you underline the swiss dot version?

♥ Casey


Yep, we did underline the swiss dot version!

Erica B.

So lovely!! The polka dot is such a fun spring dress!


I’m so glad to see it in a swiss dot – I ordered some to make this dress last week!


Beautiful! It really looks lovely in the spring colours.


My goodness, are these pretty! I just have to hem my crepe, made of rather intense, raspberry-colored swiss dot. These lovely version are tricking me into thinking my dress is too dark! Unfortunately, I’ve got 2 papers to finish writing before I can get back to it :(.


Gorgeous! I’d love to see a post about how you select fabrics for your pieces, including any local fabric stores you frequent.


That’s a great idea, Robin. I’d love to do a post like that.


Everytime I see your patterns modeled in different fabrics, it makes me want to tackle this project too. thanks for the inspiration. i also have a question for you, what is a crisp cotton and how is it different from other cotton suitable for garment sewing (voile, lawn etc). thanks Sarai


oh, I was just using the term “crisp” as a descriptor. This is just a plain cotton fabric which is thin and light, but has more body (stiffness) than a lawn or voile.


“Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes”…………


Love these versions of Crepe! I’m itching to make another one now that you have inspired me with these wonderful spring designs.


GORGEOUS colours! Your model is so beautiful too.

Do you think this pattern would work with stripes? Or are there too many folds and pleats and bits?


I think you could do it with stripes, but you might need extra fabric for matching. There is a center seam down the front of the skirt, so you’d need to be careful with that especially.


Oh, it’s so nice to see these on a model! Every time I saw Crepe in your shop on the dress form I was thinking it’d be nice to see how they work on an actual person :)


Darling!! Love it in polka dots!


And Carolyne wins the prize for the new blog name (IMHO)…Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes.


Oh, that polka dot one is divine! Such a perfect dot and color. :)


I lighting of the picture is so retro. So 50’s.


Just found your website and love this crepe dress pattern. Where can I find it?


Cindy, I just fixed the link in the post. The pattern is in our shop here:


I am thinking about starting a Crepe dress using silk chiffon and underlining with a slippery shiny drapey silk (charmeuse?)…would that work?

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