Whether from the store or my own cabinet, choosing fabric is always one of the most fun parts of planning a sewing project.
And from the size of your stashes (which I love to peep on Instagram!), I know picking out fabric is one of your favorite parts of sewing too!
So with the launch of Workroom Social’s new sewing pattern collection Drape, I did some online window-shopping/hardcore coveting for fabric I thought might inspire you to consider Drape 1001, our first blouse sewing pattern.
The first pattern in Workroom Social’s collection of sewing patterns is a boat neck blouse with a back yoke and cuffed sleeves. Drape 1001 was designed to work well with both solid and printed fabric. Even large-scale prints (love!) look great in this blouse, which features an uninterrupted front for maximum impact (and, ahem, no print-matching required!).
Most important in planning Drape 1001 is choosing the type of fabric you will use. Like the name of the collection indicates, Drape sewing patterns demand fabrics with a soft drape, such as rayon challis, crepe, charmeuse, chiffon, or lightweight, drapey linen. In fact, we designed Drape 1001 to work well with Workroom Social’s Miramar Collection of printed rayons, which are now fully restocked.
All it takes to build a great outfit is one piece in a cool print like any of these abstracts above. A bold black-and-white print Drape 1001 will get lots of love in your wardrobe when it feels silky and soft like these rayons. As always, if you’re shopping online, check the scale of the print before you buy.
Florals for spring
I also would love to see Drape 1001 in a bright floral like any of these picks. Though Drape 1001 is floaty and feminine, it has a little menswear-style to provide structure and balance. Tuck this drapey blouse covered in tossed wildflowers into a high-waisted skirt, and you have an easy instant outfit.
A hint of whimsy
Life is too serious sometimes NOT to wear foxes on your upper half, am I right!? I love that conversational prints are becoming more popular in fabrics like rayon (and that we no longer have to sew with quilting cottons when we want to make something super fun!). Choose a whimsical print for Drape 1001 and you’re guaranteed that no one else at the party will have the same blouse.
Sophisticated solids in silk and rayon
Though I like a great print when I’m sewing, Drape 1001 is the kind of upscale basic that you can build a beautiful outfit around. Sewn in a solid color, you can style this blouse in so many ways. Fun fact: Tencel is similar to rayon fabric, but it’s made from eucalyptus rather than bamboo. It has a similar drape and is another great option for Drape 1001.
What is ‘drapey’ anyway?
If the concept of shopping for “drapey” fabrics is new to you, just remember that drapey is basically the opposite of stiff! Stiff denim or cotton shirting lays flat against your body and is perfect for sewing beautifully structured garments. Meanwhile a drapey fabric has an almost fluid quality to it. It moves as you do, swinging and rippling, catching the breeze.
Not sure whether your fabric is right for one of Workroom Social’s new Drape sewing patterns? Hold it up and swing it gently from side to side. Does it swirl and billow gently? Or does it hang stiffly? To flatter your curves and keep this blouse from looking boxy, always choose a drapey fabric.
Ask at your local fabric store for one of the following fabrics by name: challis (pronounced “shal-ee”), which can be either rayon or poly; crepe or crepe de chine (either in silk or polyester), charmeuse, chiffon, or lightweight, drapey linen. Shopping online? Use any of the above search terms and also watch for the words “flowy,” “fluid” and “soft hand.”
Don’t forget the interfacing!
While you’re shopping for your fashion fabric for Drape 1001, don’t forget to also buy interfacing! Both the cuffs and the continuous lap sleeve plackets are fused with interfacing to provide stability and structure. Always purchase interfacing that has a similar weight and drape to your fashion fabric. You want interfacing that will help stabilize your fabric, but not totally change its properties.
To make it easy for our customers, we recently added our favorite light-weight woven fashion fusible to the Workroom Social fabric shop. It’s just the right weight and drape to use with our Miramar collection of rayons. You can also, of course, use it with any fabric you’ve chosen for Drape 1001.
So now that you’ve peeped my picks, what fabric would you use to sew Drape 1001?