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.
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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.