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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Clare November 18, 2010 at 10:19 am

It’s funny, I’m not doing Gertie’s sew along but I was looking at your fabrics this morning thinking how lovely a Crepe dress would look in the Snug Beach Poplin!


Gaylene November 21, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Hi, thanks for your great offer!! Would the Echino fabric be too heavy for the crepe pattern?


Leah Taylor November 21, 2010 at 9:57 pm

The Echino fabric isn’t too heavy for the pattern itself, but I would say it is heavier than that advised by Gertie for the Sew-Along – she wants everyone to use a light-to-medium weight drapey fabric whereas the Echino is a bit heavier and stiffer.


Visiting Sewist November 21, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Is Liberty Poplin from the regular Liberty line? One doesn’t see them that often in America, but I know that in addition to Tana lawn, Liberty offers jersey, corduroy, silk, wool and wool-cotton blend.

An American quilting fabric offers something called “Liberty Art” fabric and it’s not the same the quality. Liberty also did a line for Target earlier this year, but the prints weren’t that nice and I’ve read that the fabric felt coarse.


Leah Taylor November 21, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Hi, yes the Liberty poplin is from the regular Liberty line – the same as the tana lawn, jersey, etc. It isn’t the same as the “Liberty Art” fabric made for Westminster, or that made for Target. It is brilliant quality – I offer free samples and happy to send you some if you let me know which you’re interested in! You can contact me using the contact form on the website…


Roisin November 22, 2010 at 10:57 am

Great post Leah, thank you! I’m still undecided about whether to take part in the Crepe sewalong as I’m not sure what I think of wrap dresses – I’ve yet to find one to suit me. But I suppose that’s the point of making your own. I really love that Alexander Henry peacock print fabric, it’s so gorgeous it may well tempt me into it anyway! x


Ali at Very Berry November 24, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Hi Leah, wish I had the time to take part and avail myself of this one, but have mentioned it in my fabric news update. http://wp.me/p11YdZ-hQ


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