As I've been writing about fabric selection for the Crepe Sew-Along, some of you helped me realize that I need to get back to basics. It's all well and good to recommend a cotton lawn or voile, but what if you've never seen those fabrics in your life? I thought I'd show you a few lightweight cottons that I have in my stash. I draped each of them over my dress form so you can see how they hang. Hopefully, this will help you as you embark on your fabric journey!
Let's start with voile. Voile is the lightest, sheerest cotton I can think of. It's airy, soft, and exceptionally drapey. Here's a hot pink cotton/silk voile:
This shop has a large selection of them.) I admit, however, that I'm surprised they're considered voiles. They're opaque enough that they don't need a lining, and they feel more like a batiste to me. Whatever you call them, they're a great choice for the Crepe dress.
Dotted Swiss. Oh, how I love this stuff! This lightweight cotton has little raised bumps on it, creating a lovely texture. Here's a beautiful rose-print dotted swiss. See the little white dots in the background?
Liberty Tana lawn, which is so pretty—and pricey! Nice cotton lawns can be had on any budget, though. Lawn is on the heavier side of lightweight (do you like how I'm just making up categories now?). It has a nice drape and is opaque (though light-colored lawns may be a little sheer, just like with any lightweight cotton). It definitely has more body than a voile or batiste. Here's a cute retro print lawn I got at Mood:
For my Crepe, I've picked out two silk/cotton blends from my stash: a black and white zigzag print for the body, with the hot pink voile for the sash: