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.
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.
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.