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Get Garden Party Ready

Welcome to our delightful garden party-inspired blog! With summer just around the corner, now is the time to shed those winter layers and embrace the vibrant colours and warm sun rays. Whether you're attending a garden soiree, a lively outdoor wedding, or simply enjoying a picnic under the radiant sky, finding the perfect dress that combines elegance, comfort and seasonal flair is essential!

Linen & Tessuti Patterns - Sophie Dress & Eva Dress

Linen, often hailed as the quintessential summer fabric, is a true saviour when it comes to staying cool and comfortable in warmer weather. It’s natural fibres and loose weave posses exceptional breathability, which means as a result wearing linen feels like a refreshing breeze against the body. Luckily for you we have a wide range of linen fabrics; 100% pure linen, linen blends, different shades, plains and patterns – there is something for all!


The Sophie and Eva Dress Patterns from Tessuti are an excellent match for linen fabrics, enhancing its inherent qualities and offering a stylish and comfortable summer wardrobe. The loose and relaxed fit of these patterns perfectly complements the drape and breathability of linen. Whether you choose the Sophie or Eva pattern, you can trust our linen fabric will create a timeless summer garment.

Fabrics for Sew House Seven - Romey Gathered Dress & Top

The Romey Gathered Dress & Top Pattern from Sew House Seven is a stunning garment that effortlessly blends timeless elegance with a modern flair. Crafted with attention to detail, this dress features a beautiful silhouette that flatters the feminine form. This versatile pattern is recommended for lightweight woven fabrics with a nice drape; we have chosen some fabrics which we think fit the part.


These classic summer fabrics are a delightful choice for garden party attire. Lightweight and breathable to keep you cool in warmer weather! The perfect choice for a carefree summer affair.

  • Dobby Dot – Create feather-light holiday garments, craft projects, soft furnishing, mosquito nets and more with this versatile fabric. Made from 100% cotton, this lightweight material features a raised spot pattern in black, soft white and navy.
  • Sandwashed – Our 'Sandwashed' collection is available in 6 earthy colours. Made from a blend of viscose and polyester, these durable, soft fabrics have a lovely drape and would make gorgeous palazzo pants, skirts, dresses and blouses!

Gingham Chambray & Megan Nielsen - Matilda Dress Pattern

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Our check gingham chambray fabric is the perfect choice for the Matilda Dress Pattern by Megan Nielsen. The fabric combines the timeless appeal of gingham with the lightweight and breathable qualities of chambray, creating a beautiful and versatile material. This material is perfect for summer, allowing you to feel comfortable whilst it gives you a flattering fit and effortlessly chic look.

Tessuti - The Lois Dress Pattern

The Lois Dress Pattern from Tessuti is a vintage-inspired beauty that exudes timeless elegance. This pattern offers a relaxed breezy silhouette that is perfect for the hot weather. The versatility of the pattern allows you to create a dress that suits your personal style, whether you prefer a casual everyday look or something more elegant for special occasions.

Lois Dress Fabric

  • Superior Satin Crepe – We have a lovely range of superior satin crepes here at Croft Mill. These elegant fabrics posses a lovely drape, adding an air of sophistication to any garment it graces. They offer a harmonious combination of comfort, breathability and a flattering fit.

Pima Cotton Lawn & The Assembly Line - Shirt Dress Pattern

The Assembly Line Shirt Dress Pattern features an A-line silhouette that falls mid calf length, with a collar and front button placket. It includes different sleeve options and practical side seam pockets.

The Assemly Line Shirt Dress

  • Pima Cotton Lawn – These delicate fabrics offer softness, breathability and endless possibilities for dreamy summer creations. The shirt pattern, with its relaxed fit and button down design, complements the drape and dainty nature of Pima cotton lawn beautifully. The fabrics softness and smooth texture against the skin enhance comfort, perfect for sunny garden parties.

Seersucker Fabric & Cashmerette - Roseclaire Dress Pattern

Seersucker is an essential fabric for summer. It’s distinctive puckered texture is not just visually appealing but also serves a functional purpose. The puckering creates small air pockets that allow for increased airflow and ventilation, making seersucker an excellent pick for hot and humid weather. Seersucker has some fantastic qualities:

  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Breathable
  • Lightweight
  • Moisture Wicking
  • Versatile
  • Low Maintenance

Seersucker Roseclaie Dress

The Roseclair Dress from Cashmerette features a feminine and versatile design that complements the textured look of seersucker. Seersucker's natural tendency to resist wrinkles ensures that the dress maintains its polished appearance even after hours of wear.

Summer Dress Fabrics & Closet Core - Elodie Wrap Dress Pattern

The Elodie Wrap Dress from Closet Core is an incredibly versatile pattern, making it a must-have for any wardrobe. It’s classic wrap silhouette can be dressed up or down, making it suitable for various occasions. Whether you’re attending a summer wedding, going on a brunch date or getting garden party ready, the Elodie wrap can effortlessly adapt to any setting.

Elodie Wrap Dress and Fabric

What makes it even more exciting is our wide range of fabrics that would pair perfectly with this pattern.

- Gardinia (100% Viscose) – Neon, Mint, White

- Cotton LawnSummer Is Here, Tutti Fruity, Magnificent, Maria

Summer Splendour & Closet Core - Charlie Caftan Dress Pattern

The Charlie Caftan pattern by Closet Core is an excellent choice for summer. This pattern features a flowing body that allows for great breathability in warmer weather. The loose fit and breezy design make it perfect for staying cool and comfortable. The Caftan pattern is a must-have for summer elegance. Each version of the pattern includes a deep V neckline, short Dolman sleeves, an inset centre panel, and spacious pockets.

Charlie Caftan And Fabric

Start bringing your garden party outfits to life with our stunning selection of vibrant, breathable and floral dress fabrics. These colourful fabrics will not only add visual interest to your makes, they also reflect the lively spirit of the season. Add a burst of colour to your summer wardrobe and create a Charlie Caftan that is as bright and refreshing as the season itself.

5 Star Reviews

We are thrilled to share the five-star reviews we have received from our customers regarding some of the fabrics in this blog. Customers have expressed their delight and we are incredibly grateful for the positive reviews. We are committed to providing fabulous materials for our customer's sewing projects!


As the sun-kissed days of summer near, it’s time to start preparing for enchanting garden parties and immerse ourselves in the joy of the season. Our summer dress fabrics and patterns are the perfect companions for such occasions, combining comfort and style. With breathable fabrics like cotton and linen, adorned with blooming florals and playful patterns, you'll be effortlessly chic and garden party-ready. Let the festivities begin!

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