It’s safe to say we weren’t expecting this unusual embroidered black cotton lawn fabric but once we saw it we had to have it for our summer collections. We thought it would be perfect for a summer maxi dress; cool, comfortable and eye-catching all at once.
What kind of fabric is this?
The base fabric of this embroidered black cotton lawn fabric is a soft. plain black cotton lawn which on its own would be a lightweight fabric. However the ivory embroidery which which it has been embellished has added substance as well as decoration. The front of the fabric has the design picked out in a fine line of stitching; the reverse has the same pattern but more dominant in a chain stitch. Either side could be used as the right side.
What does this fabric feel like?
This fabric has a soft, gentle handle. Although the embroidery adds texture, it’s still very soft; not scratchy.
How does this fabric move?
Our embroidered black cotton lawn fabric wafts and falls gently, retaining something of the usual movement of a lighter-weight cotton lawn. It’s not a fluid fabric and the embroidery helps it hold just a little bit of structure. You can see how it moves and drapes in this video.
Will I need to line this fabric?
A lighter-weight cotton lawn such as this would normally require a lining. However the embroidered embellishment helps with structure and opacity, meaning that a top, tunic or dress in this fabric could be worn without a lining, assuming that the volume of fabric used, allowed a garment to fall into folds. We’d be happy to wear it as a summer dress without a lining, simply avoiding contrasting undergarments. However if you’re a more modest soul – or intending to wear this embroidered black cotton lawn fabric for a more formal occasion, then a simple black lining underneath would help with structure and opacity.
What can I make with this fabric?
We think this fabric is perfect for summer tops and blouses – but especially, we think, gently-falling maxi skirts and dresses. We’d be inclined to make the most of its lighter weight with ruches and softly-rolling gathers, bringing body and movement to a garment without bulkiness. We like the idea of gathering some tiers as in this tiered maxi skirt in Simplicity Pattern 1110.
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.