Right, let's begin. Today we will be talking about fabric choice for the Lottie blouse!
Firstly, we need to know the sizing, and how much fabric to buy/use from the stash. Here's the helpful chart from Love Sewing magazine:
The chart calls for fabric that is 60' wide, which allows us to cut the neck tie (pattern piece 1) in one piece with the fabric folded selvage to selvage. Whilst this would certainly make things nice and easy, it could be restrictive in terms of fabric options. The good news is that we would be able to work around this if you have set your eyes on narrower fabrics, eg 45' width ;) However, if you do go for the narrower options, you will need to make sure to buy a bigger length than the chart suggests - the narrower your fabric width, the more length you will need.
Now the actual sizing. Are you familiar with your own measurements? If not, it is very much worth spending a few minutes to get them taken and noted down accurately, as they will be super useful for all sorts of dressmaking projects. Here are a couple of links to guides on how to take your measurements, and choosing the right size:
OK, so now you should know what size you will be choosing, and how much fabric you need. Naturally you will be asking, what fabric would be suitable for this cute little blouse?
Based on the shape and design of this pattern, I would recommend the following fabrics:
- Viscose/rayon - for its drapiness and comfort
- Lightweight cotton such as a tana lawn - perfect for a beginner as cotton is super well-behaved
- Sheer fabrics - cotton voile, chiffon, georgette
- Lightweight polyester satin/crepe
- Lightweight silks such as crepe de chine, charmeuse
Quite a large selection to choose from ;)
If the above isn't enough to get you going, I've found a few lovely Lottie blouses on the blogsphere to inspire you:
An elegant cotton make from Lazy Daisy Jones
A classy version from Audrey Wardrobe Envy in polyester georgette
A polka dot viscose Lottie from Looks Like I Made It
And a red viscose version from This Blog Is Not for You
Still not convinced and need more inspiration? The Lottie Blouse is pretty similar to the Pussy Bow Blouse from Sew Over It, so you will no doubt find numerous beautiful pussy bow blouses to be inspired by ;)
What fabric will you be using for your very own Lottie? I have 3 potential fabrics in the running - a vintage (from 1920s!) red polyester crepe, a monochrome cotton voile, or a coral viscose. Decisions decisions!
And a final word of advice - once you're happy with your fabric choice, do make sure you pre-wash/pre-shrink it. If you could see the colour of the colour catchers after pre-washing my red poly crepe, you wouldn't be skipping this step!
The rule of thumb I try to stick with is to pre-treat the fabric the same way I plan to wash the garment, i.e. if I'm going to machine wash the finished blouse, followed by a medium tumble dry, then that's what I'll do with the fabric; same goes for dry cleaning. Want more information? Here's the quick link to a useful summary by Coletterie.
That's it from me for week one! I hope you have found this useful, and do leave a comment if you have any questions :)