Brocade fabrics come in myriad forms and never fail to stun and intrigue us. This black and dark cobalt blue brocade fabric is a classic colour combination but is anything but a classic design; certainly for a brocade. As with many brocades, it’s reversible – you can choose whether you’d like a geometric blue design on black – or vice-versa. The wonderful thing about this particular brocade is that despite its relatively light weight, it’s a fabric with excellent opacity and the capacity to create volume.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our black and blue brocade fabric is a blend of polyester, silk and linen. The silk content provides a gentle sheen; the linen helps with its lively sense of movement.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a fabric with a smooth, cool handle. Its woven texture is evident in the feel of the fabric. Although it can be pulled out of shape on the bias, it springs back to the straight grain, making it surprisingly easy to work with. Despite its texture, the satin-like weave pattern that creates the brocade pattern is stable and not prone to being pulled accidentally.
How does this fabric move?
This is is a gently-structured fabric with a lovely swing, and which hangs and drapes in folds. Pleats and tucks will help sculpt soft angles and shapes. However it’s it’s very pliable and not bulky to work with. You can see how our black and blue brocade drapes and moves in this video.
NOTE: Our videos are intended to show the movement of a fabric. For accurate colour and pattern detail, please refer to our still images.
Will I need to line this fabric?
This black and blue brocade fabric has very good opacity for its weight. However we’d suggest a lining will help with the comfort of wearing this fabric as well as with structure, shape, and movement across other garments.
What can I make with this fabric?
Dresses and separates including skirts, dresses and jackets too, are all options for this exceptional fabric. Lightweight coats and coat-dresses are also worth consideration. The structure and texture of this fabric means that trousers probably aren’t appropriate.
This brand-new ‘Puff-back Jacket’ from Trend Patterns borrows inspiration from Dior and Balenciaga – and we think this black and blue brocade fabric would be the perfect way to revel in its softly-exaggerated shaping.
57% polyester, 29% linen, 14% silk
Hand wash separately or use the ‘delicates’ cycle to machine wash. Do not tumble dry.
Hand wash or use the ‘delicates’ cycle to machine wash. Do not tumble dry. If you line your garment, then spot- or dry-clean it as the lining may respond differently to being washed and the fit of your garment will be affected. Use a cool steam iron and a pressing cloth to press areas of the garment during construction where necessary, keeping the pressing light, and to a minimum. Find out more on our About our fabric pages.