After printing out your pattern and determining your size based on the size chart, it’s time to get to the fun part of choosing the fabric and creating your look. “Charlotte” can be sewn in a variety of fabrics depending on the look you are trying to achieve.
Suggested fabrics are: Jersey knit, voile, rayon challis, rayon crepe, silk charmeuse, chambray, cotton shirting. I like to look for fabrics that have a nice drape. For the version, I am making mine out of a digitally printed poly charmeuse from Mood. I have been obsessing over this fabric for sometime, basically since I saw it. I am going for a little bit dressier look with this one. (Trying to up the ante in my wardrobe with some nicer pieces.)
For everyday wear, cotton shirtings will give you a great look, fit, and hold up well over time. The shirting used in the sample above is from Style Maker Fabrics and you can find even more shirtings that would make a wonderful “Charlotte” here.
If you are going the knit route, your going to want at least mid-weight jersey knits and ponte de roma knits. Just make sure to choose a knit with a little body that can hold the shape of the back yoke. There is an awesome selection of knits over at Imagine Gnats right now.
Tomorrow, we will cover cutting out your muslin (if not making a muslin, we will just be cutting out our pieces) and making bias tape.