Fabric Suggestions for 261 Paris Promenade Dress

The 261 Paris Promenade Dress is a great canvas for fabric and embellishment.  It has an uncomplicated design that creates wonderful areas for creative embellishment - around the lower skirt, on the shaped overdress, or along the front and back of the bateau neckline.  Try embroidery, applique, or decorative stitching.  The different sections of the dress are also great for putting together interesting fabric combinations, such as coordinating prints or colors, striped fabrics running in different directions, and contrast effects such as matte and shiny or smooth and textured.  You are only limited by your imagination here (and maybe your budget!).  

Below I have listed several combinations of fabric, from some of our favorite fabric stores, that will work well with this pattern.  Since this dress does call for a lot of fabric, I tried to be economical with these suggestions.  I stayed away from silk velvet and charmuese, but of course, they would be amazing in this dress!  And, of course, if you want to go that route, Michael Levine has a fairly large selection of silk velvets.

For a flowing, draping dress, choose fabrics like silk, rayon, lightweight cotton, or even jersey.  For a more defined look, choose fabrics with more body such as crisp cotton, linen, or taffeta.

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!

For an amazing look, try this rayon print with the chocolate soprano velvet for the overdress from Vogue Fabrics (use a dark brown lining fabric for the overdress lining).  Looking luxurious, but easy on the wallet!


Or, this beautiful silk crepe print on the overdress with a black silk crepe de chine for the dress and skirt from Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics.  A little more expensive, but so elegant!


If you want to play with stripes in the pattern - and have an easy summer dress - this pinstriped linen from Harts Fabric would be fun!  You could also pair it with this gray Florence linen (also from Harts) as the dress or overdress - or just keep it on its own.  


Or, try a couple of simple shot cottons in contrasting or complimenting colors. Bolt Fabric in Portland has these Kaffe Fassett fabrics, as does Hawthorne Threads  



Finally, there are loads of beautiful rayon prints out there.  Here are a selection from Harts Fabrics that could be mixed for the dress, overdress, and lining (use a solid or cheapest fabric for lining since you don't really see it).

Floral garnet challis with this Cotton+Steel rayon, or either with the Olive sandwashed rayon (just below).


For a real statement dress, these two rayons compliment (and contrast) each other and are bold!  But, they can also be paired with a solid rayon to subdue the look a little (navy or cornflower).


I hope this helps you think about what fabric to use for your 261 Paris Promenade Dress.  And, we would LOVE to see what you make!  Tag us on social media on your makes (or email us pictures)!

Happy sewing!