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The Perfect Match

Choosing fabric is daunting. You think you know what you want, but when you enter a fabric store filled with pretty colors and prints, plans can fall by the wayside. How is it that fabric shopping can simultaneously be the best and worst part of sewing?

Zinnia can be tricky to choose fabric for because the options are really broad. You can choose anything from a drapey silk to a sturdier quilt weight.

Can’t decide which is for you? Check out the inspiration images and fabric recommendations below to find your perfect match.


Avantgarde – Tentative Dot from The Cloth Pocket is a quilt weight cotton, $11/yard.


Floral Wax Cloth from African Premier is a sturdy plain weave cotton, $18.39/6 yards.


Metallic Linen in Gold from harts Fabric is a cotton/linen/unicorn blend, $19.99/yard.


Black & White Plaid Fabric from B. Black and Sons is a wool crepe, $25/yard.


Grey Seersucker Cotton from Harts Fabric is a mid weight woven cotton, $11.99.


Baby Waffle Pique in White from is medium weight cotton, $9.98/yard.


Black Silk Floral Dotted Crepe de Chine from Mood is a drapey silk print, $15.99/panel.


Diamond Rayon Poplin Black from Harts Fabric is a soft printed rayon, $9.99/yard.


Chartreuse Silk Double Georgette from Fashion Fabric Club is a luxurious silk with plenty of drape, $20.29/yard.

Remember that through March 31st you can get 20% off Zinnia with the promo code ZINNIAMONTH!

Haley Glenn

Editorial Director

Five years ago, Haley left the apparel industry to join the world of home sewing. She has been empowering women to sew ever since – first through years of in-person teaching at Sew LA, and now through her writing at Colette. Haley writes tutorials and articles on our blog, teaches sewalongs, and writes and edits for our magazine, Seamwork.



March 24, 2016 #

This is so much more helpful than just a list of suggested fabrics! I usually prefer a drapey skirt fabric, but I can’t resist that unicorn blend – it is beautiful.


March 24, 2016 #

Isn’t is pure magic?! It also comes in a white/silver color-way!

Miss Crayola Creepy

March 24, 2016 #

Ooooh that plaid skirt is beautiful!!


March 25, 2016 #

Hi peeps i defo agree that sometimes there is too much choice and it helps to look at street style, rtw, vintage and recreate from that instead of being overwhelmed then hating the fabric later. Can i ask where u found the 2nd picture from the girl wearing the hibiscus matching top/skirt – its hard to find trendy plus size fashion blogs to inspire my sewing


March 25, 2016 #

I absolutely adore her look! She is a blogger named Sandee, check out her blog here.


March 25, 2016 #

I love the black and white buffalo check but none is to be found online. Would love it in linen or drapy cotton.


March 28, 2016 #

Hi Fara! I have worked with this Robert Kaufman buffalo check before. It is a lovely crisp cotton perfect for gathered and pleated skirts.


March 29, 2016 #

Nice sewing patterns. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Jan J

April 2, 2016 #

On the chartreuse silk georgette skirt (beautiful) , it looks like there is a horizontal seam? Or deep pocket visible ? about 1/2 way down the skirt – the line drawing for the skirt doesn’t show that , do you know what that is ?


April 4, 2016 #

Hi Jan, the images above are not images of Zinnia, just similar skirts. I am just using them as an example or case study to examine what types of fabrics are ideal for a skirt like Zinnia.