Must-Sew Fabric for S/S 2016: Cotton Shirting

Must-sew fabric for S/S 2016: cotton shirting and poplin. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
l-r: COS; Brie Larsen in Celine (Getty Images); Diesel Black Gold Spring 2016 (Indigital Images)

We are so in luck this season. One of the easiest fabrics to find and sew is on-trend, big time. We’re talking about cotton shirting, a lightweight, tightly woven all-cotton or cotton-blended fabric that gives soft or crisp folds, depending on the fabric’s finish. It’s pleasant (friendly, actually!) to stitch and press, and you can find it in-store and online generally for less than $15/yard. Above and below check out how designers and stores are using cotton shirting for all kinds of chic looks:

Must-sew fabric for S/S 2016: cotton shirting and poplin. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
l-r: McQ Alexander McQueen shirtdress available at Net-a-Porter; dress from Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2016 line; and an off-the-shoulder blouse available at Stylenanda.com.

 

For patterns and fabrics, we just happen to have a few suggestions:

Must-sew fabric for S/S 2016: cotton shirting and poplin. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
McCall’s M6558 off-the-shoulder dress pattern paired with Italian Blue White Bar Code Striped Cotton from Mood Fabrics.

This McCall’s maxi dress, with big ruffles at the shoulders and hem, works well for a beach wedding or backyard party. We’ve seen cute RTW versions of this style, like this one from Shopbop. You could easily sew this pattern in a weekend.

Must-sew fabric for S/S 2016: cotton shirting and poplin. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Vogue Patterns V9174 paired with White Mercerized Twill Cotton Shirting from Mood.

Have you been to a COS store yet? They’re filled with minimalist, refined and “architectural” clothes. Make Marcy Tilton’s Vogue Patterns V9174 pattern in solid white cotton shirting and people will think you bought it at COS.

Must-sew fabric for S/S 2016: cotton shirting and poplin. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Pair Vogue Patterns V9185 with Gorgeous Fabrics’ Wicked Fine Medium Stripe Italian Cotton Shirting.

This Vogue Patterns top, which has a long-sleeve version, also looks like something from COS. We’d cut the overlay as a single layer on the crossgrain or bias (narrow-hem the edge) to have the stripes run perpendicular to the bodice, and we’d skip the lining and add a facing at the neck; bias-bind the armscyes if you’re going sleeveless.

Must-sew fabric for S/S 2016: cotton shirting and poplin. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Pair this Butterick shirtdress pattern with this “Snazzy Stripes” shirting from The Smuggler’s Daughter.

We already extolled the virtues of shirtdresses this season, so hopefully we’ve convinced you to make one and soon. Here’s your perfect fabric, a perky blue striped cotton shirting that has wardrobe staying power, paired with a new shirtdress pattern from Butterick.

Must-sew fabric for S/S 2016: cotton shirting and poplin. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Pair McCall’s M7285 with this stretch cotton poplin from Gorgeous Fabrics.

We took a second look at this McCall’s top pattern after we saw Maya’s version of it on Instagram. Sleeves with interest are the Big Thing, right up there with cold shoulders. We suggest adding a little bit of fullness at the side seams below the bustline, to give this pattern more of a contemporary, boxy fit. This pattern will look so cute in striped or solid cotton shirtings.

Must-sew fabric for S/S 2016: cotton shirting and poplin. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Pair Butterick B6324 with this striped cotton shirting from Fabrics & Fabrics.

Last, everyone can use a little camp shirt in their summer wardrobe, because they’re exactly what you want to put on when it’s hot and miserable outside. Sew this Butterick pattern up in cotton shirtings and you’ll be cool and comfortable all summer long.

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Have you seen our newly redesigned websites? What do you think of them?

Have a great weekend of sewing! I’m moving full-speed ahead with my spring and summer sewing. Lots of cottons and silks on the horizon….

We’ve been sewing since 1863.

11 comments
  1. I like the look of the new website but don’t see how or where you can search for a particular pattern by number.

    1. Hi Deborah. The search feature is in the top right of each pattern brand site. Look for the small magnifying glass icon.

  2. I also like the look and features of the new website. Great job! As someone who likes to cruise just the new patterns at times, I miss the “next” button. Can we get this one back, please? Thank you for your wonderful designs and patterns across all your lines!!

    1. Hi Marnie! Yeah, I miss that feature too.

  3. I love the new websites! Thanks for continuing to improve and update.

    Also, will there be a coloring book for the Spring and Summer patterns? Please!

    1. Hi Zina! We started doing those coloring books because it was hard to really see the pattern line art on our old websites. Now the line art is bigger and clearer on the new sites, so maybe not as much demand for the coloring books?

  4. I like the idea of shirting in a tailored blouse…I dream of one with a monogrammed pocket.

  5. Hey Meg – thanks for the mention of our Snazzy Stripes fabric! I love this trend and want to sew a shirt dress next. Really love the new websites also. Keep up the good work – Susan

  6. I am currently attempting to make a jacket with your Vogue pattern #7975. The instructions for piecing the jacket front are a vit confusing. The instructions indicate joining the “uninterfaced” front and side front together yet the diagram right next to the instructions shows that the front section to be joined to the side front section IS interfaced! Which procedure is correct? Your advice, please?

    1. Hi! You should send this as a question to consumerservices@voguepatterns.com. Or, call our customer help center at 1-800-782-0323. Thanks!

  7. The new websites are nicely searchable, thank you for that. I don’t really order from the site, usually…but I use it as a catalogue to see what I want before heading to the shop.

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