One of the things I love most about the Washington Dress are all the creative possibilities of using awesome combinations of fabrics. As I’m sure you’ve seen by now, the dress is unique in that it combines different fabric types for a comfortable but stylish look. It’s excellent for stash busting!
In terms of what you should be looking for in your Washington Dress fabrics:
- For the bodice, you want a light to mid weight knit with at least 50% stretch to get a good fit. I’m particularly fond of rayon and viscose jerseys, but you can also use ITY, or even a slightly heavier knit if you size up.
- For the yoke, you’re looking for a beefy heavier knit, like ponte or scuba. In a pinch, you can use a double layer of jersey, but you may find it a little thin. If you want a tummy panel, then use a coordinating woven for the front yoke (but make sure the back yoke is still knit or you won’t be able to get it on!)
- For the skirt, the sky is the limit! It’s designed for wovens, so you could use canvas, denim, quilting cotton, chambray, voile, silk, upholstery fabric… Pretty much anything. You can also make it out of a heavy and reasonably stable knit, if you’d rather, so you have a totally knit dress.
How about a chic French look? Pop a red scarf on and you’re ready for the Continent.
Here’s a super feminine version with a beautiful floral crepe which would take you through all the seasons:
If you’d like a two-piece look (check out all the colour blocking options here!) here’s an option: a lovely April Rhodes knit bodice with a solid navy ponte yoke and skirt:
Maybe you’ll find an amazing fabric like this metallic feather-print canvas, and construct your fabric combo based on that!
Or how about the octopus Washington dress of your dreams? Just me?!
Finally, what about something monochrome and chic with an edgy yoke for a drop-waist look?
All the fabrics featured here are from fabric stores that stock Cashmerette Patterns. You can see the full list of stockists here.
Finally, here’s a blank Washington Dress croquis which you can print out and colour in to try out fabric combinations!
Happy fabric shopping! Do you already have any fun ideas for what you’re going to use? Do you have any questions about what would or wouldn’t be a good fabric choice?
Come back tomorrow when we’ll be preparing our pattern and fabric.
Note: the dress fabric illustrations are meant as a guide – the fabric patterns may not be totally to scale, so always check before you order.