We’ve had quite the discussion in ClothSpot as to the precise shade of red-brown-purple that’s been used so boldly in this pansy-printed cotton lawn fabric. We went through cochineal, carmine, crimson, claret and then landed at ‘garnet’. Whatever your choice of terminology, surely you can’t fail to be struck by the depth and richness of this print pattern.
We were told these were ‘violas’ but in fact we’ve never seen anything more pansy-like in our lives, so pansies they most definitely are. We love the use of the pale pink, the ivory and the soft yellow ‘eyes’ of our pansy-printed cotton lawn fabric. There’s a total floral riot going on here and we adore – and we suspect if you’re a Georgia O’Keefe aficionado then you’ll particularly appreciate the design.
With a refined, fine weave and a very smooth, gently-crisp handle, our pansy-printed cotton lawn fabric is a lighter-weight Pima cotton lawn fabric, perfect for cross-season layering or warmer-weather wear in its own right. The close weave and the print pattern remove the need for lining a top or tunic, although for a dress you might want to look at one of our Plain 100% cotton lawn fabrics just to add bring a little substance to the proceedings. As far as modesty is concerned, unless you’ve got the sun behind you then the colour of the print means that this fabric has surprisingly good opacity for its weight.
The movement of this painted cotton lawn fabric is a softly-wafting drape which will catch a breeze with elegance, as you can see from this video.
We think this fabric is perfect for summer tops and blouses – and, we think, gently-falling maxi 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. You might want to consider it as a top to co-ordinate with our ‘Cassatt’ soft pink stretch triple crepe fabric since they do look rather fabulous together. However we’re going to push the boat out with a dress pattern and let this fabric speak for itself. Our choice would be something very simple that allowed the print pattern to speak for itself, such as this ‘Very Easy Vogue’ pattern 9236.
We love the softly-wafting skirts and the way they pleat into the princess line darts at the front and back.
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.