In every season we love to set aside a little space for fabrics that we didn’t know we wanted until we saw them. This extraordinary rich plum textured jacquard fabric is our latest of those; it’s just in from Italy – where else? This is a complex, yet understated fabric; one with real artistry. There’s a jacquard pattern woven into the cloth but additional width-wise yarns have a little elastane which has been used to create fine, random ruches, adding still more texture. Finally, the deeply-vibrant plum and black yarns are lit up with flecks of pink and ochre. Someone thought long and hard about this fabric – and we think it’s quite stunning.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our rich plum textured jacquard fabric is a blend of wool, silk, polyamide and polyester, with just a little stretch. Closely woven with excellent opacity, we’d describe it either as a lighter-weight suiting fabric or sitting towards the heavier end of a medium-weight dress fabric.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a fabric with a slightly crisp but nevertheless, gentle handle. It’s soft and comfortable next to the skin.
How does this fabric move?
This isn’t a draping fabric but it does fall and swing with elegance. The structure of the weave means that it likes to fall into lengthwise folds and holds some shape, too. It’s very pliable and easy to work. Our dark plum textured jacquard fabric has just a little stretch across its width – less than 5% – enough to provide a small amount of ease in a fitted garment. You can see how it moves and stretches in this video.
Will I need to line this fabric?
This plum textured jacquard fabric has excellent opacity for its weight. You won’t need to line a dress or tunic made from this fabric for purposes of modesty, however a dress may require a bodice lining for structure depending on your pattern design. Jackets and skirts will most likely require lining for structure and shape as well as movement across the body, especially over hosiery.
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 texture of this fabric means that trousers probably aren’t appropriate. We love the ‘Harriet’ Jacket by Style Arc – it’s chic and simple, providing a fabulous showcase for a stunning fabric.
40% wool, 15% silk, 23% polyester, 20% polyamide, 2% elastane
Machine wash at 30 to 40 degrees. Find out more on our About our fabric pages.