Sew Colette - Choosing the right fabric for the Truffle dress


We all know the importance of choosing the right fabric to go along with a pattern. For the Truffle dress there are two different fabrics to take into consideration: the outside, or "shell" fabric, and the inside lining fabric. Personally, I have never sewn in a lining, so this was all new to me and gave me something to think about.

I knew which fabric I wanted to use (I bought it at Mood last year), so I brought it with me to the fabric store to figure out what to use for the lining. I wanted the perfect combination, so I held my fabric up to others to see how they felt together. Sarai made it very clear that the lining fabric was there to provide structure, so I ended up choosing this black cotton that felt nice paired with my soft drapey fabric.

My wrinkly fabric. Sorry I didn't iron it for the picture.

In the past few projects I did not make a wearable muslin and had only cut and sewn the minimum number of pieces necessary to figure out what size to go by. This time I decided to make a wearable muslin, but because I needed to use fabric that would be similar to the final fabric my options were limited at the store I went to. I got the same lining fabric as above, but in white, to go with my "groovy" fabric. Lavender named my fabric :)

Have you picked out your fabrics yet? What did you choose? 
Schedule for sewing the Truffle dress designed by Colette Patterns.
March 2nd: The Muslin
March 8th: Perfecting the Fit
March 15th: Choosing the Right Fabric
March 22nd: Sewing the Final Version
March 29th: Truffle Parade


  1. What a delightful post, as I'm currently going through my fabric and looking for something to use for my daughter ( Truffle dress).

    I have a beautiful shiny poly fabric ( sorry for the description, I'm a new sewer, LOL), but i'm not sure what I should use for the lining, and so I was thinking of going to the fabric store to ask.

    Perhaps you can help - is cotton batiste used for summer lining? ( I have some on hand)

    Your fabrics are beautiful!! Looking forward to seeing your finished dress:-)

    I just started following your blog you share some really great work!!!...(Thank you)


  2. Oooh, fun fabrics!! I have sewn my 'muslin' out of light cotton and will be using satin and lace for my next version. I love, love the leopard fabric!!!!

  3. I think sewing a muslin with similar fabric to the final garment is the best technique in order to get the perfect fit. I love your fabric choice and would have never thought of that combination. Lovely. Good luck!

  4. Flowers on leopard print- what a different combo, but I expect it will look really cool! :)

  5. I love the process of choosing fabrics, it's soooo exciting to think about projects that are to come ... Lovely fabrics!