Yes we know – we already have ‘Buran’, the cotton lawn equivalent of this slate blue leaf-printed viscose challis fabric. However for sheer curiosity’s sake we decided to grab a bolt of its viscose counterpart. This version ripples rather than wafts; falls rather than catches the air. It won’t hold the gentle shape that a cotton lawn will – but it gathers and drapes with beautiful elegance. Blouses and tops are obviously going to be divine – but if you want a voluminous dress that comes to life and perhaps reveals a little more of your underlying shape then this is the one for you.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is is a lighter weight viscose fabric, woven in a plain weave pattern. The composition and weight make it the perfect choice for warmer weather garments.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our draping leaf-printed viscose challis fabric has a particularly soft, smooth handle. It will be cool and very comfortable next to the skin.
How does this fabric move?
This is a very draping fabric with an extremely soft handle. It doesn’t have any shape-holding structure, however as you can see from the video, it swings with gentle energy and falls decisively too.
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?
The weave of this fabric is plain and fairly close, with good opacity for its weight due to the colour and print design. You’ll be fine with an unlined blouse or tunic. However a silhouette will be visible against the sun and so depending the design of a dress or skirt, a plain cotton lawn lining or a half-slip may be necessary for modesty as well as for additional substance and shape – however voluminous and gathered designs will definitely reduce the need to worry about this depending on how relaxed you are about such things.
What can I make with this fabric?
We think our draping leaf-printed viscose challis fabric will be perfect for summer tops and blouses as well as more casual warmer-weather dresses and tunics. The delicate gathers and volume in a relaxed top like the ‘Roscoe’ from True / Bias would make lovely use of the gentle movement and delicate print design of this fabric.
Machine wash separately at 30º or 40º
Machine wash at 30º or 40º. See our Fabric care pages for more information.