Get that summer style in full swing with silky satin.

floral midi prom dress skater dress in satin with full skirt Rochii de Vara from LaFrivole

A luxuriously sumptuous fabric just perfect for party season. Go elegant with a satin midi, or take sexy to new heights with a silky cami number. Make a maximum impact with a plush plunging neckline, or a slinky satin wrap dress. We have put together some looks which we think will inspire. Comfortable stylish and flattering, a satin dress is the ideal summer essential that simply needs to be in every girl’s wardrobe this year and Croft Mill has just the fabrics. We have beautifully light polyester satin dress fabrics which are 145cm wide and perfect for Summer.  A showcase of suitable patterns in all sizes including those of us who have curvey figures and links to some really nice free patterns with how to make tutorials.

CROFT MILL FABRIC SHOWCASE !! 

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Lady Of The Night
Seventh Heaven
Exotic Forest
Little Mix - Flowers
Who Killed Cock Robin
If You Please
No Plain Jane
Orchid
Black
Candy Floss Pink
Rich Purple
Sunset Boulevard

You won't be disappointed with these wonderful fabrics, they have a wonderful hand and most of them will not crease. Perfect for looking great after being packed in a suitcase or after lounging on the settee. Polyester satin is a beautiful, drapey fabric often used for formal wear. But it can be difficult to sew with because it is slippery and delicate. Take a look at our BLOG on sewing speciality fabrics.

Croft Mill flower show
John Kaldor Hidden Depths
Float like a butterfly
Yin dong on high

GREAT PATTERNS FOR THE SUMMER!!

When last checked all were available from Jaycotts.co.uk

Consider your fabric very carefully, to ensure that it is the right one for your perfect dress. The perfect dress starts with the perfect fabric, and when you make your own dress, you can choose exactly what fabric is best for you. I found this article from Trinny and Susannah on body shapes very informative. It gives advice as to what style, shapes and even footwear are best suited to your shape.

Simplicity 2917

Plus size patterns

Patt: 2917 simplicity

Available in sizes 10 -28W

Kwik Sew 3868

BRAND: KWIK SEW

PRODUCT CODE: K3868

Available in sizes 1X  4X

BRAND: BUTTERICK

PRODUCT CODE: B5761 W

Available in sizes: Xs – 6X

Butterick 5761

SIMPLICITY S8097
PLUS SIZE TUNIC, TOP,
Sizes:18w -32w

Simplicity 8097
Burda 7054

Burda 6786
MISSES TUNIC | EASY
Sizes: 18-34  

simplicity 1375

S1375 MISSES' (& PLUS SIZE)
PULLOVER DRESSES | EASY
sizes: 
XXs – XXL

A round-up of my favourite free Summer dress patterns and tutorials: 

These links are useful and are worth looking at if you are making Summer dresses and skirts. We did a blog on fabrics for skirts, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW.

Circle skirt calculator to make a pattern to your size.  Tutorial on how to make a circle skirt.

We’ve rounded up over 100 free summer dress sewing tutorials to spruce up your wardrobe.

How to sew a maxi dress with pattern and tutorial.

Hi/ Lo Strapless dress pattern making tutorial.

It is a fitted princess seam dress with a below the knee, gathered skirt option.

BE INSPIRED - A COLLECTION OF IDEAS.

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