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