If ever there were a fabric that offered instant, stylish and distinctive elegance then we think this fabulous purple and flame red silk chiffon fabric would be just that fabric. It’s 100% silk and will, we think, hypnotise you with its potential for wafting, rippling and draping.
This is a finely and evenly-woven fabric with a beautifully smooth and slightly crisp handle. It really does have the gift of exceptional movement as you can see from this video.
It’s light and airy – and yet is, we think, a suprisingly stable fabric for its weight and nature. As far as sewing is concerned, our advice as ever for sheer fabric includes French seams, hand-rolled hems and taking your time. We’d suggest a fine, new needle – a 60 diameter ballpoint would be ideal – or perhaps a 70 if that’s what you have to hand. Just have a test before you get going.
The print pattern on this purple and vibrant red silk chiffon fabric is an irregular check across bands of colour that give a real sense of movement – not that it needs it. We were wondering what it reminded us of – that combination of glowing rust red and fresh cream in a chiffon seemed vaguely familiar. We dug deep and the light dawned…
It didn’t take us long to figure that this wasn’t a route we we had the nerve to follow, although of course you may choose otherwise. We’d suggest however that lingerie and delicate, ladylike blouses would be the forte of a fabric such as this purple and rust red chiffon fabric. You might want to float it over a camisole – in which case our Simply-draping ivory crepe-de-chine fabric would be an ideal choice. On the pattern front, we’d suggest the simpler the better; the Sew Over It ‘Pussy Bow Blouse’ would be a elegant way of minimising complexity for maximum impact.
Failing all of that – just settle down one evening to hand-sew a rolled hem on a piece of your choosing and drape it around your neck with a favourite dress or blouse. What could possibly be more ladylike?
We’d recommend hand washing as this is a delicate fabric that might be damaged in a washing machine – see our Fabric care pages for more information.