Fabric Suggestions for the 247 Lindy Shirt Dress

The Lindy Shirtdress comes from the 1940's when square shoulders, narrow hips, and skirts that ended just below the knee were the height of fashion. Fabric rationing had lead to the use of darts, pleats, tucks, and other fabric manipulation to add interest to dresses without a lot of extra fabric.  Our dress has an interesting bodice construction, with shoulder and waist pleats and darts, and a shawl-collar.  Skirt darts create a flattering look while adding plenty of ease in the hip area.  Elbow-length sleeves with cuffs make this nearly a year-round dress.

And you have lots of options for fabric that works beautifully for this dress - solids to prints, drapey rayons to slightly structured cottons.  They will be beautiful in this dress.  Solid colors show off the dart and pleat details, and there is lots of swish with drapey fabrics, but I really love this dress in a simple print (like the original).  

Suggested Fabrics:  Light to medium weight woven fabrics with good drape such as cotton batiste and lawn, rayon challis, wool crepe, wool gauze, silk noil or silk crepe. 

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!

Below we have a listed some fabrics from our favorite fabric stores that would be perfect for making the 247 Lindy Shirtdress.

This silk noil from Stone Mountain and Daughter is pretty perfect as a solid - love the color, but they also have lots of other colors.

Also, I LOVE this designer Italian viscose challis also at Stone Mountain and Daughter.  Gorgeous print and drapey!

And, this rayon from Harts Fabric!  I love the Rifle Paper & Co designs (one of our testers made one with their rayon prints), and I actually bought some of this fabric from Harts earlier this year, just not enough to make this dress.  It would be great though!

Mustard yellow is really popular right now, and Style Maker Fabrics knows how to get the on-trend colors and prints in some really great fabrics.  Here is a cotton poplin that would work for a more structured dress.  I like it!

 Blackbird Fabrics has some interesting fabrics lately, and I think this cupro/linen/tencel slub sounds like an amazing fabric for the Lindy Shirtdress.  I like a darker color (and then some beautiful buttons . . .), but there are other colors too


I love Mehera Shaw. They have a very limited selection of organic cotton Indian block printed fabric.  These fabrics are very nice and at a good price (ships from the US).  I love this print in particular.

Finally, I am a totaly sucker for Liberty of London, and this dress would be great in one of their lawns.  Bolt Fabrics has a great selection, and I really liked this one.


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