Sew September Tea Party Dress Fabric Ideas

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Batiste, Lawn, Voile. What the what?

Picking fabric is the best part of sewing! But sometimes it can be overwhelming.

When starting out, we tend to stick to fabrics we are familiar with, like quilting cottons or knits. But there are so many types of beautiful garment fabrics out there. 

What you need is a reference. You can always google "what is cotton lawn?" Google is your friend. But having a really great reference book for fabric is a must. 

My absolute favorite fabric book is Fabrics A to Z by Dana Willard. It is simple, concise, and the perfect reference for the beginner sewist. I highly recommend adding this book to your sewing library asap.

This is the best way to familiarize yourself with all of the fabric options out there and how to handle them.  

And did you know that your local fabric store will usually cut a small fabric swatch for you to take home? This is a great way to build a swatch library for reference and to pair the swatches with the content of your favorite fabric book.  

But what if you don't have access to a great fabric store?

There is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to ordering fabric online. In fact, it opens up a whole new world of fabric opportunities! is one of my favorite places to order fabric. I've had great success and have never been disappointed. also lets you order fabric swatches! This a great way to test out the fabrics before you buy and build up a fabric swatch library. I always add a few swatches to my cart every time I order. 

Ordering advice:

There are some things to pay attention to when ordering. Look at your fabric widths and read about the fabric fiber content.

There should be a description about the weight of the fabric. Compare this to your pattern and the suggested fabrics. Read up on the fabric if you need to. You should be able to order with confidence if you follow this advice. 

So, here are some ideas for fabric parings with the tea party dress patterns.  Click on the image to check out the fabric!

I can't wait to see what you pick! 

Have you signed up for the Tea Party Dress Challenge yet? Sew with me, improve your sewing skills, and show off your new dress!

Join the Tea Party Dress Challenge! Sew a tea party dress, improve your sewing skills, and attend an online party to show off your new frock!