We offer you this crisp, floating silvered olive silk fabric with thoughts of summery shirts and tops – or anything really that you might fancy wafting around in during the summer months.
We love a garden visit – and we know that lots of you are gardeners too. This silvered olive silk fabric isn’t something we’d suggest you wear for a spot of weeding – but it is precisely what you might choose to wander between the beds when you have a moment to stop and smell the roses, pick a posy or perhaps even enjoy an alfresco morning coffee.
Our silvered olive silk fabric somehow contrives to take a soft green colour and lean it over towards a stony neutral. It doesn’t get there – it’s very much a green colour – but it’s very muted. It looks fabulous with pinks, stronger greens, ivories and vibrant rusts too. We’d almost – but not quite – describe it as a semi-sheer fabric – however it has more substance than you’d expect from a fabric of that type. It would be absolutely fine as a summer top or shirt (with due attention paid to undergarments perhaps) but as a dress, we’d suggest layering or lining. Although as a floating slip dress for a holiday afternoon, you might decide to through caution to the wind, so to speak. It has a crisp, slightly creased handle, floating and wafting beautifully as you can see from this video.
Your garment options include long, floating overshirts and the aforementioned slip dresses. Its movement and gentle structure will help create beautiful shapes. However our first thought was to use this silvered olive silk fabric as a means of exploring this summer’s ongoing love affair with the shirt, whilst stepping away from the more utilitarian fabrics. We love those cottons and poplins but sometimes we just want something a little more special. This Chiffon Blouse Pattern from BurdaStyle might be just the thing, we thought.
We recommend hand-washing or dry-cleaning this fabric – see our Fabric care pages for more information.