Hola! Today we’re going to share some fabric options for the Fiona Sundress. Luckily there are lots of choices for this pattern; depending on the effect you want, you can use anything from a sturdy shirting to a heavier fabric like denim or corduroy. To help you on your way, we’ve chosen lovely fabrics in a few categories.
Linen is a great choice for this pattern! It will keep you cool on hot days, and has enough structure to highlight the crisp lines of Fiona. I suggest something in the mid to heavy weight range; a lightweight handkerchief linen is simply too flimsy for this garment.
So far all of the Fionas we’ve made in the studio have been solid, but our testers made some gorgeous print versions and it’s definitely something worth considering!
This dress is ideal in a sturdy denim or twill (most of the inspiration we shared for this pattern were made from denim). If it’s a thicker denim, the shorter skirts might be a better choice; I fear the midi would look too stiff in anything too heavy. Since denim and twill tend to be thicker, I also suggest using a lightweight cotton fabric for your band facing (and possibly the straps) to help reduce bulk.
Based on the success of a few of our testers, we discovered Fiona also works in structured cotton shirtings (which means quilting cottons are also a go!) I would choose something with a bit of body (a lightweight lawn might not be your best bet), but chambrays, Oxford and poplin are all excellent options.
This pattern was drafted for non-stretch wovens, but a few of our testers used stretch wovens with great success. Please note the fit may be affected due to the stretch in the fabric; you may find you need to take it in slightly to fit closer to the body.
What fabric are you using to make your own Fiona?