Ah, choosing fabric for a sewing project! It's surely one of the most exciting parts and can also be one of the most overwhelming. For the Meringue, Sarai recommends using 'a stiff fabric that holds its shape well, in order to keep the scallops crisp and easy to sew. Medium-weight fabrics such as silk twill, dupioni, cotton pique, brocade, taffeta, and poplin are good choices. Lighter home decor fabrics work well for this skirt, too.'
In addition to the fabrics suggested above, I would also recommend:
- cotton twill
- quilting cotton
Chapter 5, A Beautiful Fabric, is an excellent primer on various fabrics, their qualities, and behaviours. I thoroughly enjoyed this chapter and highly recommend it, as it will be especially helpful during the sew-along. It made me feel more confident about trying fabrics that I would normally shy away from. For example, I plan on using a slippery crepe-backed satin for my Taffy dress.
For my Meringue, I am making my wearable muslin out of lightweight dark wash denim with a slight stretch and my 'final' version from lightweight cherry red corduroy. Both fabrics have the stiffness needed to hold the scallops, although I do plan on topstitching them as I like that look. I am also adding a waistband and will be following Sarai's tutorial.
Come back this Thursday when we unveil our muslins and talk about fit!