How could we not have fallen in love with this vibrant white, cobalt blue and red floral sateen fabric? Its flamboyant flowers leap out from a richly-coloured print which will find an eye-catching place in your wardrobe through the winter and right into the summer months too.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is primarily a cotton fabric but one with a very subtle sheen resulting from the sateen weave. We’d describe it as a medium-weight dress fabric. It has a close weave and very good opacity for its weight. The spandex content is minimal (there’s less than 5% of width-wise movement here) – but just enough to add a very little ease for fitted garments.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our vibrant pink, blue and red red floral sateen fabric has a crisp, smooth handle, similar to that of a cotton poplin but with a slightly different surface texture. It’s cotton, so comfortable to wear next to the skin and breathable too.
How does this fabric move?
This isn’t a fluid fabric – but one with an elegant, rolling drape if used in volume. It’s very pliable and well-behaved to work and has enough structure to hold a little shape at a pleat. You can see how it moves and stretches in this video.
Will I need to line this fabric?
A dress wouldn’t need to be lined for purposes of modesty although you might choose to wear a half-slip in order to enable movement across hosiery. A fitted bodice might require a lining or a self-lining in order to help with structure, although this is a fabric which can cope with a little fittedness due to its structure and stretch content.
What can I make with this fabric?
We think our red floral sateen fabric would work beautifully as a skirt or a dress, whether one with a simple shift shape or a design with more structure. It can gather and ruche without adding undue bulk, yet will hold a flare or an A-line shape in the manner of a good-quality cotton poplin. If you’re considering a fabric for a special occasion then this is definitely a fabric to put on your shortlist.
We rather like this Tulip Dress pattern from Style Arc which can also be used simply as a skirt pattern. We think our brown and red floral stretch sateen fabric would hold the skirt shape nicely and would also cope with the structure of the bodice.
97% cotton, 3% spandex
Machine wash at 40 degrees but we recommend dry-cleaning lined garments. Find out more on our About our fabric pages.