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One Pattern, Three Fabrics

Explore how fabric choice can completely change the Patsy skirt’s look.

Posted in: Fabric & Textiles • May 31, 2017


Cotton comes in different blends, which makes it an ideal fabric to sew many versions of the Patsy skirt—each with a distinct silhouette. Use lightweight cotton, like double gauze, for a breezy skirt that drapes well. Maintain the skirt’s structure with a medium-weight blend that includes linen or hemp. Optional: Use sheer fabrics such as lace, fringe, eyelet, or organza for the bottom skirt panel.

1 | Cotton/Linen Stripe

This lightweight cotton and linen blend has a full-bodied drape, $8.48/yard from AU, NZ

2 | Organic Cotton and Hemp Chambray

For a breezy skirt, choose this soft chambray, $14.50/yard from The Confident Stitch. AU

3 | Ikat in Beige with Rainbow Stripes

If you can’t pick just one color for your skirt, use them all! $30.00/yard from The Confident Stitch.


For a flowy, elegant silhouette, sew the Patsy skirt in rayon, which hangs beautifully and feels great against the skin. If you want to sew a contrast panel to a rayon version of the skirt, play with the directionality of some striped rayon, or try color blocking with a different colored rayon.

The Patsy skirt sewn in rayon challis.

1 | Rayon Challis in Kelly

This solid rayon challis is the perfect wardrobe staple, and it comes in many colors, $11.00/yard from Bolt. CA, NZ

2 | Blossom Night

For a skirt that translates beautifully from day to night, try this sophisticated rayon, $22.00/yard from Bolt. AU, CH, NZ, UK

3 | Modern Floral on Black

With the perfect weight and drape, this Atelier Brunette design would make a gorgeous skirt, $22.00/yard from Bolt. NZ, UK


Since linen can be drapey and fluid or crisp and crunchy, it’s a great fabric for a skirt. Plus, it’s perfect for warm weather! Optional: Use sheer fabrics such as lace, fringe, eyelet, or organza for the bottom skirt panel.

The Patsy skirt sewn in linen.

1 | Telio Florence Linen

A classic linen in a classic blue color, $13.98/yard from NZ, UK

2 | Floral Linen Gauze

Here are two words that always sound dreamy together: linen gauze. This soft fabric has an open weave and a beautiful print, $32.00/yard from Bolt.

3 | Fine Beige Houndstooth Linen

This lightweight linen has a tiny beige houndstooth design—also known as puppytooth, $22.00/yard from Bolt. FR, UK

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