The fabric recommendations post is always one of my favorites to write for a new pattern release because I just can’t get enough beautiful fabrics. Before we get started, I wanted to share a bit of ready to wear inspiration to bolster creativity and share my vision for styling the Ivie Pattern. See a preview below and find even more inspo on the Ivie Pinterest board here. Now, let’s talk about recommended fabrics.

First things first, you’ll need a copy of the Ivie Dress and Set Pattern.

The notions requirements for Ivie are minimal, but you will need the elastic listed below, and the optional notions can make the sewing process go smoother.


  • 1 1/2 YDS of 1/4” Elastic for the sleeve hems
  • 1 1/2 YDS of 1/2” Elastic, I prefer non-roll elastic for the waistband
  • Coordinating Thread


  • A small piece of Fusible Interfacing for stabilizing the skirt pockets.
  • Tailor’s Chalk for marking notches.
  • Safety Pins for threading the drawstring and elastic through casings.
  • A Hem Gauge to measure hems and seam allowances.
  • If you are not using main fabrics, use 2 yards (2 m) of ribbon for ties. Look for something around 3/8″ (1 cm) wide.


The Ivie Dress and Set lends itself to a variety of fabrics to suit your personal style. It’s designed for light to medium weight woven fabrics. Selecting a stable fabric like cotton or linen will make sewing the bias casings easier and fabrics like rayon will create more drape.

Recommended fabrics are rayon challis, rayon twill, block prints, cotton voile, linen, and chambray.


You can’t beat a beautiful solid fabric for a timeless look. Lightweight cottons, rayons, and linen blends are all readily available in a variety of solid colors and can be relatively easy to source. If you prefer a little added texture, Ivie would look lovely in something like an eyelet or lightweight jacquard.

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I’ve been seeing cotton block prints everywhere lately, and when it comes to Ivie, they perfectly combine airy comfort with a bit of stability that makes sewing simpler. I just can’t get enough of the gorgeous color combinations, stunning florals, and distinct style created by these prints.

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Some of my favorite samples during development were made from linen or cotton gingham fabrics. It’s a classic and feels just right for daily wear or more casual summer events.

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When I can’t resist a pretty print, rayon fabrics and cotton voile or lawn fabrics are my go-to. These fabrics aren’t quite as stable as some of the others mentioned above, but with a little patience and some staystitching, they’re the perfect match for Ivie.

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We’ve filled up our Ivie Pinterest Board with tons of fabrics if you’re looking for more. See it here.

Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to see which fabrics you choose for your versions of Ivie. – Happy Sewing!