Explore how fabric choice can completely change the Natalie blouse’s look.
One Pattern, Three Fabrics
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.
International sources for linen: CA, ES, NZ, UK, UK
This crisp fabric works well for collared shirts and any project that requires buttons. While it’s often made from 100% cotton, you can also find polyester, wool, or rayon blends. Poplin’s characteristic tight weave makes it the perfect fabric for prints and an ideal fabric for beginners since it is easy to sew. For fun, modern cotton prints that are also 100% organic, be sure to check out Birch Fabrics.
Rayon is lightweight but stable, and it takes ink well, so it comes in a variety of prints and colors. It’s made from naturally occurring cellulose, and you might also see it called modal or viscose. Rayon is incredibly soft and tends to shrink dramatically. Either pre-treat rayon by washing and drying or care for your finished garments delicately by handwashing or dry cleaning.