We think it’s always a good thing to have some garments in your wardrobe that you can rely on for elegance, style and a little bit of self-expression, whatever the weather and whatever the occasion. Garments that will work hard for their keep as dresses, separates and more formal suits. Crepe is a fabulous fabric for these demanding roles – and this navy blue triple crepe fabric is the latest addition to our collection of crepe fabrics.
This is a classic ‘wardrobe staple’ colour – you can keep it subdued and team with with neutrals – or choose to use it as a background for a more exuberant pop of colour.
What kind of fabric is this?
We’d describe our navy blue triple crepe fabric as either a medium-weight suiting fabric or a heavier-weight dress fabric. It has some mechanical ease across the width and the bias of the fabric; this is due to the crepe weave structure and the use of highly-twisted yarn in its construction.
It is a polyester cloth – but with that comes washability (although not necessarily if you’ve lined it!), crease-resistance and durability. We think our triple crepe fabrics are a bit of a classic; we find they are relatively well-behaved and easy to manipulate providing you take your time to make sure your pattern pieces are placed correctly in line with the selvedge when positioning them for cutting out.
What does this fabric feel like?
You can feel the typical crepe texture on this fabric but it’s perfectly comfortable when worn next to the skin. Although polyester fabrics tend to be less breathable than natural fibres, the crepe weave means that our navy blue triple crepe fabric is much more comfortable in warmer weather than you might expect.
How does this fabric move?
Our navy blue triple crepe fabric drapes exceptionally well as you would expect. It has enough weight and substance not to highlight every lump and bump it might encounter – and it moves with exceptional grace as we think you’ll see from this video.
Will I need to line this fabric?
This fabric has excellent opacity and as a more draping dress, or as a skirt or trousers, then no lining would be required. A half slip would be all that you’d need to aid movement against the body across hosiery. However for a more fitted or tailored garment, you’d want a lining to help with structure and shape.
What can I make with this fabric?
We’ve made jumpsuits, trousers, skirts and dresses with our triple crepe fabrics – and can report that they do fabulous service in all these roles – surviving repeated outings and machine washes with no trouble. We used our Draping taupe-brown triple crepe fabric to make up these ‘Leah’ lounge pants from Style Arc. They’ve been worn repeatedly (and suffered many a messy meal, too) yet have endured all this with elegance and resilience.
‘Leah’ Lounge Pants You can read more about them in our ‘Leah lounge pants’ blog post.
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – however we recommend spot-or dry-cleaning lined garments. See our Fabric care pages for more information.