What is your favourite fabric for dressmaking?

I would like to call on all the dressmakers out there to let me know what your favourite type of fabric is to sew with? Especially for this lovely summer weather we are having here in the UK. Do you like the feel of a particular type, drape, easy to sew with, flattering to those curves etc, I would love to know about it.

You will know I am quiet new to this dress making lark and my last three skirts have all been made out of quilting cotton with varying degrees of success (yes, yes I know). Generally the patterns worked out really well, but I think my lack of satisfaction with the items was down to the ‘drape’ of the fabric. Also, the choice of fabrics locally can be a bit sparse, with the only fabric I like the pattern of being a quilting cotton, or a jersey (and we all know how daunting that is for a newbie!). So my source of fabric tends to be the internet, where you can find so many lovely patterns and prints, but can’t feel the fabrics to find out how they will sew up or hang.

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I did recently purchase some lovely cotton lawn from Ebay (it is much more navy blue than the picture) which I am going to use to attempt my own version of Sorbetto. Hopefully with it being a lawn the finished item will hang a lot better than my previous attempts. So please, to anyone out there who has a favourite type of fabric, or a particular one for a particular garment, please do tell! I am also on the lookout for more fabulous sewing blogs to follow, so send me a link as well so I can keep up with what you are up to, and you can hopefully inspire me to make something as wonderful as you do.

Helen

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