Designer fabrics are just a dream to work with! Although they can run the gamut of fiber content, weave structures, and patterns, designer fabrics are always sourced from the finest production mills and fresh off the runway. When you sew with these fabrics, it’s an opportunity to step into the world of high fashion and make it your own! With avant-garde and sophisticated runways in mind, let’s pair up some designer fabrics to free sewing patterns that show off your own fabulous aesthetic.
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 1.5 yards of Balenciaga Italian Black Beauty, White Alyssum and Gold Chains and Checkers Polyester Crepe Back Satin
- 3 yards of Balenciaga Italian Matte Caviar Double Faced Polyester Satin
- 3 yards of Premium Black China Silk/Habotai
- 1 yard of Heathered Black Warp Knitting Fusible Interfacing
- 1 pack of Foam Shoulder Pads Covered with Black Polyester – 7″ x 4.5″ x .5″
- 1 spool of 10 Black 1000m Gutermann Sew All Thread
- MDF176 – The Vestia Dress Sewing Pattern
Nothing says high-quality like a good suit. I still have fond memories of wandering into Savile Row in London and gaping at windows filled with impeccably tailored jackets. Something that tailored to your body is guaranteed to both look good and feel good. Luckily, designer fabric shipments typically come with large quantities of suiting fabrics, and these fabrics are often made in some of the best British and Italian mills out there. If you’re looking to invest in yourself (and you should!), why not make our Blackberry or Ercilla Suit out of these must-have fabrics?
For this project, we transformed the Vestia Dress into an oversized, two tone blazer that wouldn’t look out of place in street style photoshoots. The two-tone design calls attention to the eye-catching Balenciaga fabric and elevates it from a blazer to something more.
Not only are corsets ultra-trendy, they also take a smaller amount of fabric–meaning you can splurge on that designer fabric you’ve been eyeing. I personally love the Spearmint and Parker Corset; they’re basic silhouettes with just that little bit of extra edge that’s ideal for avant-garde garments.
Let’s be real. When you think designer, you think evening dresses. I know I’m not the only person that considers the Met Gala to be their personal Super Bowl! Even if Anna Wintour seemed to misplace your invite this year, why not make something gorgeous that makes you feel good? Clothing can be functional, sure, but it can also be a work of art. I’m a little biased towards the Edith Dress, but I also love the Ainsley or Hyacinth Dress for any special events.
I know when I sew with a gorgeous fabric, I hate cutting into it! It’s not only intimidating, but it feels like you’re “wasting” the fabric if you have scraps left over. With this in mind, why not make our zero or minimal-waste patterns out of a designer fabric? Not only do you use (almost) every inch of that opulent fabric, but you get the satisfaction of knowing you’re minimizing fabric waste. Stitch up the Cadia Shirt or Mal Dress, and when someone inevitably compliments you, you get to say, “Oh, this? It’s designer.”
Who is your favorite fashion designer? Let us know in the comments down below!