Sometimes we see a fabric and almost as if it speaks to us, we can see exactly what we’d want to do with it. This silver and turquoise striped brocade fabric was simply calling out to be transformed into a voluminous summer skirt with pleats and pockets, wafting over bare legs. As is often the case with brocade fabrics, despite being relatively light weight, it’s a fabric with very opacity and the capacity to create soft volume.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our silver and turquoise striped brocade fabric is a blend of bamboo, acetate, cotton, polyester and polyamide. The polyester and polyamide elements only account for 10% of the overall composition, meaning that this is a fabric with breathability and perfect for the summer months. The body of the fabric is constructed from closely plain-woven yarns of turquoise and cobalt blue; the textured silver yarns are applied to the outer surface of the fabric. The stripes run horizontally across the width of the fabric.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a fabric with a smooth, crisp handle. Its woven texture and natural fibre origin is evident in the feel of the fabric. Although it has some ease across the bias, it springs back to the straight grain, making it surprisingly easy to work with.
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 silver and turquoise striped brocade fabric 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 silver and turquoise striped 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 hosiery or other garments. For that voluminous skirt we have in mind though, we’re happy to wear it over bare legs with no lining for maximum summer cool.
What can I make with this fabric?
Dresses and separates including skirts, dresses and jackets too, are all options for this fabric. Lightweight coats and coat-dresses are also worth consideration. We like the Three Pleat Skirt from The Assembly Line for the way that those pleats are stitched down below the waistline for a clean hip line, before bursting into volume.
37% bamboo, 37% acetate, 16% cotton, 5% polyamide, 5% polyester
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.