Fabrics for Shirts and Shirt Dresses


We absolutely love shirts and shirt dresses, they're wardrobe staples that are not only enjoyable to wear but also lovely to sew! You can pick a pattern with traditional shirt details or go for one with a modern twist.

Ready to wear inspiration...


L-R: Monsoon, Ralph Lauren, & Other Stories, Toast, Marks and Spencer, Oasis, Boden, Meadows

As usual shirts and shirt dresses are all over the high street shops and in a variety of colours and fabrics. They also have interesting details such as curved collars, voluminous sleeves and statement buttons.

Fabric inspiration...


 L-R: Artemis - Viscose Twill Fabric Godmother, Burgundy - Needlecord, Dried Flowers - See You At Six, Rose Pink Plaid - Wool Suiting, Emerald Green Floral - Viscose, Pink Gingham 1/8" - Yarn Dyed Cotton

We have so many beautiful fabrics that would make really nice shirts and shirt dresses, from viscoses, and needlecord to wool suitings there are a lot to choose from! 


L-R: Blue - Cotton Chambray, Mustard - Twill with TENCEL™ fibres, Old Rose - Two Tone Check Twill with TENCEL™ fibres, Granito Chestnut - Viscose - Atelier Brunette, Fawn - Stretch Cotton Needlecord, Maderia Cube - BCI Cotton Lawn - Lady McElroy

The fabric we'd always suggest for a classic shirt would be a cotton fabric. One of the best parts about sewing with cotton is the easiness of pressing it and getting a nice crisp collar and button stand. You can either go for a print or a solid colour for a shirt or shirt dress as both work incredibly well!

 Sewing Pattern Inspiration...


L-R: Archer Button Up - Grainline Studio, Ashling Blouse/Dress - Papercut Patterns, IRMA - I AM PATTERNS, Reeta Shirt Dress - Named, Melilot Shirt - Deer and Doe, Kalle Shirt - Closet Core Patterns, Olya Shirt - Paper Theory, ROSA Shirt & Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

We have so many beautiful shirt and shirt dress patterns in stock that all have interesting design details that make them standout from each other. For the dress versions you may want to choose a fabric with some drape such as a viscose, TENCEL™, or silk, and for the shirt version we'd suggest picking a crisp woven fabric such as cotton poplin, chambray, lawn and flannel.

 Happy Sewing!

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