Seamwork

One Pattern, Three Fabrics

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

Cotton

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 fabric.com. 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.



Rayon

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



Linen

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 fabric.com. 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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