Fabrics for Gertie’s Colette Crepe Dress Sew-Along

by Leah Taylor on November 18, 2010

I’m excited to see Gertie of the Blog for Better Sewing is going to be running another Sew-Along, following the highly successful Lady Grey Sew-Along. And this time, it’s a pattern suitable even for beginners- the lovely Crepe Dress from Colette Patterns.

The dress is currently out of stock in my shop, but I DO have lots of lovely fabrics that are just perfect for this dress. As Gertie stipulates, this dress should be made in… “light- or medium-weight cotton or cotton blend. Drapey apparel cottons are best, not stiffer quilting cottons.” Well you have come to the right place, dear readers, as Sewbox specialises in cottons designed especially for dressmaking!

The fabrics that pop to mind first of all as most suitable for the Colette Patterns Crepe dress are the range of Liberty poplins. Poplin is a light-to-medium weight cotton fabric (see my previous post “What is Poplin?“) that is perfectly suited to the Crepe dress, and it has a really lovely drape:

Liberty Poplin - Snug Beach

Liberty Poplin - Roderick

Liberty Poplin - Curtis

Liberty Poplin - Grand Royall

Another possibility is the Alexander Henry cotton lawn, which is a beautifully soft, buttery fabric…

Alex Henry - Regent Peacock - Blue Gold

Alex Henry Lawn - Trios - Navy

Alex Henry Lawn - Como - Lavender

These are just some of the choices available; to see the full range, visit the cottons section of the shop.  And to celebrate the new Sew-Along, you can get 20% off all cotton purchases made before the Sew-Along starts on December 6th- just add SEWALONG in to the discount box during checkout!

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