If you want to kick off your summer sewing with a ‘Yippee’ then surely this vibrant scarlet and sky blue printed cotton lawn fabric is one to consider. Yes it’s a floral, technically – but not as we know it, Jim. Those exuberant scarlet blooms outlined on a vibrant combination of background blues lift the spirit. The irreverant, jarring contrast between the red and blue is exciting and will bring a carefree edge to whatever you choose to make.
When it comes to choosing a garment, we say that with a print pattern as outrageous as this one – more is most definitely – more. Our inclination is to give this uplifting scarlet and sky blue printed cotton lawn fabric the best and biggest opportunity to shine – and for that reason we’re eyeing up dress designs with a fair bit of fabric in them for maximum impact.
This design from & Other Stories is the kind of thing we’re considering – although shorter tunics and shirts would also be just dandy. This is a refined Pima cotton lawn, woven with longer, finer cotton yarns and although it’s a lighter-weight cotton fabric, it has good opacity for its weight. A shirt or tunic wouldn’t need lining – although with the sun behind you, onlookers are going to see a silhouette from a skirt or dress, unless the design builds in sufficient drapes and folds to avoid it. Our scarlet and sky blue printed cotton lawn fabric has a crisp, smooth handle; it floats and hangs with summery freshness as you can see from this video.
On the pattern front, we’re thinking a shirt dress in a semi fitted design – either knee length or a longer, floating design as in Simplicity Pattern 8014.
We’re thinking View A, lose the pockets and go with the short sleeves. For casual summer purposes we’ll probably give it a whirl without a lining, but add in a skirt layer of Plain 100% cotton lawn fabric in Red if necessary.
If you decide to go with the shirt or summer layering approach – then you might like the way the red in this fabric pops out against our darker Classic denim blue cotton chambray fabric.
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.