The ultimate guide to sewing a killer DIY dress | choosing fabric

 The ultimate guide to sewing the perfect DIY dress. How to choose the perfect fabric for your DIY dress. Snazzy. | Randomly Happy

Alright team, let’s make a dress. I’ve talked a little bit about choosing fabrics before but for this project we’re going to want our dresses to be soft and flattering, so let’s talk about fabrics that’ll fit the bill.
Want to learn more about making your own delicious DIY dress? 
Check out the whole of the series:

Choosing the right fabric
 The perfect DIY dress pattern (with only 3 measurements)
DIY dress sewing success
Getting the perfect finish 
The easiest elastic waist ever
Finishing the sleeves (like a pro)
3 steps to a brilliant hem

The ultimate guide to picking fabric for a DIY dress

Crepe de chine

Soft, silky, lightweight. This is my top choice for the ultimate problem-area skimming dress. Tends to be matt with a slight bit of texture which I think works really well on such a simple dress shape.


Beautiful fabric. Comes in various weights and with different degrees of shininess (shininess – new sewing lingo I’ve developed just for you). Tad on the pricey side for me, but if you want to make this an epic dress for a knock-em-dead event, then go for this.

Silk blend (also poly-silk blend)

A good alternative to silk as it’s a bit cheaper. Drapes really well and comes in a variety of weights. Go for a light weight as this will work the best for this type of project.
  1. Reply

    Picking out fabric can be the funnest part of a project, except for wearing the finished garment that it is!
    Rayon is also great for dresses, it drapes like silk and feels like cotton.

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    I need to get some suitable fabric so I can follow this series. 🙂


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    I love to learn different fabrics

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