The latest in our range of versatile stretch suiting fabrics, this ivory colourway is just the thing to bring some flowing, classic cool to your wardrobe. Although we’re implying that this ivory stretch suiting fabric might be best used as matching jackets, skirts and trousers, we think it’s far more versatile than that. A medium-weight so-called suiting fabric, we think it would also be perfect as softly-fitting or flowing trousers, a suit, a tunic or an elegantly form-fitting (yet forgiving) dress. Having worked with this group of fabrics on a number of makes, we’d suggest that it works particularly well on less structured garments which can take advantage of its ability to move and drape well.
We were particularly motivated to pick up this ivory colourway having observed the current trend for gold and cream, as well as this elegant ivory ensemble by Victoria Beckham which spoke to our perennial preference for simple lines.
We do like the idea of layering with enough body in a garment to enable it to flow, without it swamping. A difficult balance to strike, but we’re contemplating the potential of playing with these two patterns by Named Clothing and BurdaStyle respectively.
As ivory colours go, we think this is a fresh, true shade, albeit leaning slightly more to the warm than the cool end of that spectrum. However, we’d remind you that different screens will display subtly different shades – so please do ask us for a free sample of this fabric if you’re in any doubt.
As with our other members of this family, our ivory stretch suiting fabric comprises yarns of viscose, polyester and spandex. If that looks like a familiar composition then you’re right – it’s the same as most decent quality ponte Roma jersey fabrics. However as with its sibling colourways, this ivory stretch suiting fabric is a woven and not a knitted fabric. We can tell you that the spandex is in the weft of the fabric, helping with fit across the width of the fabric. There’s not a vast amount of stretch and it returns to its usual shape with good ‘spring back’. You can see its drape and stretch capacity in this video.
This ivory suiting fabric has a robust but softly-draping, very flexible handle with good opacity for its weight althoough if you’re using it for a trouser then you’ll want to consider one or more of carefully-chosen undergarments, a half lining or a bottom-covering upper garment. You could use it for a fitted or semi-fitted dress – for which it wouldn’t have to be lined, depending on the style. However for added structure and fit we think the bodice could easily be self-lined. Alternatively a satin lining of half-slip would enable movement of this fabric against the body.
We think our ivory stretch suiting fabric is an excellent opportunity to extend your wardrobe with versatile garments which will earn their making and keep in a number of formal and casual contexts.
76% polyester, 21% viscose, 4% spandex
Machine wash at 40 degrees, however we recommend dry-cleaning lined garments. Find out more on our About our fabric pages