Those of you who know us well will be used to the occasional ‘ClothSpot curveball’. This organza-layered printed twill fabric is one we just couldn’t resist once we’d taken a second look and engaged our sense of adventure.
It was the print that did it for us at first. It has the look of a stylised stained glass panel – but with a late1960s, early 1970s feel to the design. Just look at the Christmas stamps issued in 1971 and you’ll see what we mean. (Really, go on!)
We adore that combination of teal, orange, red and pink – all outlined by black ‘leadwork’.
Look again at our fabric images though – and we promise you they’re not out of focus. For a moment you might not be sure if your eyes need testing, or if it’s a lenticular print – when in fact it’s neither. This is a fabric in two layers – an underlayer of lightweight twill and an upper layer of organza. Both carry the identical print pattern and they’re bonded together every few inches – enough to keep the two layers in position but with enough ease to allow for some separation as the fabric drapes. That’s what brings this organza-layered printed twill fabric to life.
What’s more, the combination of these two fabric layers brings this cloth to life. It springs and folds and holds a shape gently as you can see in this video.
We think it’ll be fabulous for eye-catching skirts, tunics or sculptural tops – we can’t wait to have a play with it. Each fabric layer is perfectly stable and the bonding points are extremely secure. We don’t anticipate any particular difficulties in working with it.
As we’ve discovered with lots of our more decorative fabrics such as brocades, we think that the shaping, almost sculptural qualities of this organza-layered twill fabric are crying out for pleats and tucks to provide shape. You could try a pattern such as the ‘Eleonora’ by Named Clothing – or indeed you could just have a play and work freehand.
We recommend hand-washing this fabric in order to preserve the bonded layers. See our Fabric care pages for more details.