Hot! Fabrics for the Perfect Summer Dress

Gingham

The best thing about the perfect summer dress is that you get to work with some of the most perfect fabrics (at least in my opinion). I strongly believe that you can never have too much gingham in your stash. With that in mind, here are 16 other fabrics for sale at Fabric.com to use for your own perfect summer dress.

Gingham

Woven 1/4 Gingham Royal Blue Woven 1/4 Gingham Chocolate Brown Woven 1/4'' Gingham Yellow Woven 1/4 Gingham <br> Orange

From left to right: Woven 1/4 Gingham Royal Blue ($3.98/yd), Woven 1/4 Gingham Chocolate Brown ($3.98/yd), Woven 1/4'' Gingham Yellow ($3.98/yd), Woven 1/4 Gingham Orange ($3.98/yd)

Cotton Lawn

Serenade Cotton Lawn Circles Brown Citrus Cotton Lawn Spring Floral Pink/Orange Serenade Cotton Lawn Polka Dots Pink Larkspur Circles Cotton Lawn Orange/Purple/White

Left to right: Serenade Cotton Lawn Circles Brown Citrus ($5.98/yd),  Cotton Lawn Spring Floral Pink/Orange ($5.98/yd), Serenade Cotton Lawn Polka Dots Pink ($5.98/yd), Larkspur Circles Cotton Lawn Orange/Purple/White ($11.18/yd)

Seersucker

Woven Seersucker Stripes Spring Blue/White  Seersucker Stripes White Classic Seersucker Red/White Woven Poly/Cotton Seersucker Gingham Navy Blue

From left to right: Woven Seersucker Stripes Spring Blue/White ($5.98/yd), Seersucker Stripes White ($4.98/yd), Classic Seersucker Red/White ($7.98/yd)  Woven Poly/Cotton Seersucker Gingham Navy Blue ($4.48/yd)

 Eyelet

Floral Eyelet Blue Fancy Eyelet Ivory  Eyelet Hot Pink  Embroidered Puckered Eyelet Lilac

From left to right: Floral Eyelet Blue ($4.48/yd), Fancy Eyelet Ivory ($7.18/yd), Eyelet Hot Pink ($4.48/yd), Embroidered Puckered Eyelet Lilac ($4.48/yd)

 

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Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.

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  1. MB@YarnUiPhoneApp

    I like all these ideas…and I think gingham just begs, Begs! for some chicken-scratch embroidery or smocking. That just knocks the contrast squares right off the fabric. That and at least a Peter Pan collar. Now that said, I should get sewing and at least do the embroidery myself. I already have vintage red and white gingham belt (probably 1950s), so I just need to make the darn dress!

  2. MB@YarnUiPhoneApp

    I like all these ideas…and I think gingham just begs, Begs! for some chicken-scratch embroidery or smocking. That just knocks the contrast squares right off the fabric. That and at least a Peter Pan collar. Now that said, I should get sewing and at least do the embroidery myself. I already have vintage red and white gingham belt (probably 1950s), so I just need to make the darn dress!

  3. Hey, I have some of that yellow gingham!

  4. I have to warn people about the fabric.com fancy ivory eyelet! I ordered three yards to make a dress and it’s weirdly shiny and plasticy. Totally polyester. Beware!

  5. I want them all! I was just having a conversation the other day with someone about whether gingham looks too young. Conclusion: choose the right pattern and you’re fine.
    I wish they had the polka dot lawn cotton in more colors!

  6. I love all those summer fabrics! Maybe I choose the wrong pattern-cuz I manage to look pretty cheezy in all of them!LOL

  7. So light and summery! Here’s my question — for the blue gingham, how do you avoid looking like Dorothy in Oz???? I ask because I have some and for the life of me I can’t figure out what to do with it.

  8. judy roberson

    ooooh…so pretty.. Love the pictures of the dresses, too. .SO pretty and screaming’Pretty,warm weather!!!”
    thanks for sharing.

  9. The picture of the dresses above is lovely! Is it from a pattern? If so, which one? I have been looking for something like these dresses. Thanks!!