The anticipation of a new project is always an exciting part of the creative process for me. The seemingly endless possibilities are simultaneously thrilling and daunting. I’ve put together this post filled with Orchid Midi fabric recommendations and inspiration to help you through this part of the process.

Prior to selecting fabric, I like to decide on the look I’d like to achieve by browsing ready to wear inspiration. If you like to do the same, check out our Orchid RTW Inspiration board on Pinterest for more ideas.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to purchase your copy of the Orchid Midi pattern.

Notions

The Orchid requires 1 yd of 1/2″ (1.25cm) elastic for the waistband and 3/4 yd of of 3/8″ (1cm) elastic for the sleeve hems of View B. Optionally, you can use a safety pin or turning tool and add a sew on snap to be used at the neckline.

Tricot

You will also need 1 yd of tricot or other lightweight interfacing. I recommend using this tricot interfacing from Wawak.com. If you want more information on why I recommend this for most of my patterns, check out this post I wrote a couple of years ago for Fabric.com.

Fabric Sources and Inspiration

The Orchid Midi works best in light to medium weight woven fabrics with a nice drape. Recommended fabrics include rayon challis, rayon crepe, rayon voile, linen, cotton lawn, cotton voile, and double gauze. If you’re sewing the ruffle sleeve version (view A) you’ll want to stick with fabrics like rayon and rayon blends so the ruffle will lay nicely. Below are a variety of fabric types and inspiration. If you’re looking to find more options, check out our Light to Medium Weight Wovens board on Pinterest.

Florals

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The name of the Orchid just might give away the fact that it sews up wonderfully in floral prints. Choose a small scale floral to allow the style elements to shine. Alternately, a larger floral will create a look that is both bold and beautiful.

Solids and Other Prints

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If florals aren’t your style, a good solid is a great way to show off the pattern’s style lines. Solids also give the dress a classic look that will stand the test of time. Not into florals but looking to make more of a statement? Try a geometric or abstract print like those pictured above. When selecting a print pay careful attention to the scale as some details of the pattern may be hidden in a busier fabric. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just something to consider when choosing if you want the fabric or the pattern details to take center stage when worn.

Holiday and Special Occasion Fabrics

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Since it’s a bit more formal than other patterns in our library, the Orchid is a popular choice for events like holiday parties, weddings, etc. Select a holiday themed solid color and your dress will be a great choice for the holiday season and year round wear. If you’re ready to fully commit to a bold holiday look, try a plaid or stripe. Note: You’ll likely need extra fabric for matching plaid across the skirt, etc if you choose this route. Up for a challenge? Select a silk charmeuse or velvet. These two fabrics aren’t listed in the recommendations because of their difficult nature, but would create a beautiful dress for those with the skillset.


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