Fabric Suggestions for 120 Navajo Blouse and Skirt

This pullover blouse was traditionally made of velvet, lined with calico, embellished with silver buttons, and worn with a calico "broomstick" skirt. To learn more about the history of these garments, we have a blog post about it (it is also included with the pattern). 

There are endless fabric combinations to create these garments. The pattern is sized for women and girls - and is lots of fun to make for children!

Suggested fabrics: Velvet, velveteen, velour, lightweight corduroy, light to medium-weight cottons, blends, and wool. For optional contrasting facings: soft, lightweight cotton (calico is traditional) or blends.

NOTE: This pattern is a PDF downloadable pattern.  It is not a printed pattern. You will get the file to download in an email (and when you check out).  The pattern can be printed at home or at a print shop. If you are Native and need this pattern in print, please get in touch with us.

PLEASE NOTE: Fabrics used as examples in blog may go out of stock from store.  If link is invalid for specific product, there may be another fabric from the supplier that you can substitute.  These suggestions are based on fabrics that are in stock at the time the blog post is written!

If constructing the traditional blouse in velvet, check out the fabric in stock at Michael Levine's  I find they always have a good selection.  We love the richness of this dark brown silk velvet.


Hart's Fabrics has a nice variety of light weight corduroy.  This teal blue reminds me of an evening sky.


This velveteen from Stonemountain and Daughter is what we used for our most recent sample garment.  It really works well for the blouse.  It has a lush finish and is 100% Cotton.  There are several colors available.


We love to use organic cotton whenever we can.  This fabric from Stone Mountain and Daughter is a quilting weight and is perfectly suitable for the lining or skirt of this pattern.

For the skirt and contrast facing of the blouse; I found a variety of Calico fabrics available on Etsy (many are vintage).  Just be sure to look at where it is shipping from to account for cost and shipping time frame!  There are many great sellers and products to peruse.  Also, most quilting cottons work well for the skirt and are a similar weight to the traditional calico fabric.


To see two beautiful versions of this pattern, check out the review at the bottom of the pattern site.