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One Pattern, Three Fabrics

Explore how fabric choice can completely change the Amber dress’s look.

Posted in: Fabric & Textiles • April 30, 2018


Eyelet is a classic summer fabric. Its name comes from the small patterned cut-outs that are typically finished with embroidered stitches throughout the fabric. The term eyelet describes the design rather than its fiber content or weave. You’ll usually find it made from cotton or linen, although jersey, silk, and even leather can sport eyelets. If this is your first time sewing with eyelet, keep in mind that you might need an underlining for your garment since the eyelet holes are often see-through. It’s a good time to pick a fun contrasting underlining fabric or practice a Hong Kong finish for your seams! For more tips, read our guide to sewing eyelet.

The Amber dress sewn in eyelet.

1 | Spanish Cotton Eyelet Dot

This classic white eyelet is a summertime staple, $19.99/yard from Style Maker Fabrics.

2 | Dusty Rose and Mint Eyelet

This eyelet comes with scalloped edges for easy hemming, $39.99/yard from Mood.

3 | Morrigan Eyelet

This eyelet has scalloped edges and subtle floral embroidery, $18.99/yard from Harts Fabric.

International sources for eyelet: FR, JP


Seersucker is a crinkly cotton, lovely for warmer weather. Signature stripes often complement seersucker's subtle texture. This fabric has vintage appeal that works with modern designs—because it’s such a classic! Look for fun checks and bright colors in addition to the standard striped pattern. Sew this fabric as you would any lightweight cotton, but don’t be tempted to press out all of those crinkles.

The Amber dress sewn in seersucker.

1 | Stripe Cotton Seersucker in Red and White

This classic seersucker is about as perfect as you can get, £12.00/meter from Fabric Godmother.

2 | Seersucker à Carreaux Bleu

Pretty Mercerie is an online fabric store in France that stocks beautiful cotton, like this checked seersucker, 4,60 €/meter from Pretty Mercerie.

3 | Plisse Pineapple Seersucker

Pineapples! $11.99/yard from Harts Fabric.

International sources for seersucker: FR, JP, UK, UK


Linen is the ultimate all-season fabric. This natural fiber breathes well and results in a luxurious garment that looks (and feels) expensive. The only downside is that it is prone to wrinkling. It’s best to embrace the wrinkles as part of linen’s signature look but to minimize them, look for blends that include rayon.

The Amber dress sewn in linen.

1 | Nani Iro Corolla Linen

Nani Iro takes linen to a whole new level, $32.40/yard from The Confident Stitch.

2 | Brussels Washer Linen in O.D. Green

Robert Kaufman’s washer linen is a soft rayon blend that is a joy to sew, $8.00/yard from Imagine Gnats.

3 | Tonal Stripe Linen Blend Shirting

This breezy linen blend is semi-sheer and perfect for warmer weather, $12.99/yard from Style Maker Fabrics.

International sources for linen: CA, ES, JP, NZ, UK, UK

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