A duchesse satin isn’t what we’d usually be offering during the sunny weather we have at the time of posting. However this white, gold and cerise butterfly-printed satin fabric is so utterly extraordinary – and in its own way summery – that we couldn’t resist. It’s an exceptional digital print from Italy and would be stunning as a sumptuously gathered or pleated evening skirt.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is a polyester duchesse satin fabric. Duchesse satins have excellent body and structure; they’re substantial and closely-woven fabrics that hold a shape well. They’re most often used for evening wear.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our gold and cerise butterfly-printed satin fabric has a smooth, crisp feel.
How does this fabric move?
This is a very pliable fabric that is easy to work with. Unlike most satins, the weave of a duchesse satin means that it doesn’t drape. It holds a structured shape very well, perfect if you want to use pleats and gathers to create volume in your garment. You can see how it moves in this video.
Will I need to line this fabric?
Duchesse satin fabrics have excellent opacity for their weight so linings aren’t required for purposes of modesty; this fabric is also smooth next to the skin. However in a dress, a softer lining might add comfort and structure to a bodice. Unless you’re wearing it over bare legs, then a half-slip will help enable this fabric to move against your body. Of course if you wanted to make the most of this butterfly-printed satin fabric as a voluminous skirt, then an underskirt or even net will help create and maintain the shape of your garment.
What can I make with this fabric?
Although tops, trousers and dresses are all options for this butterly-printed satin fabric, we’re especially excited to imagine it as a skirt. In the same way that an ornate winter brocade might make the most of designs with pleats and structure, so will this extraordinary fabric, with its ability to strike a pose. We think this ‘Candice’ Skirt from Style Arc would be a fabulous pattern to consider, with those inverted pleats creating a dramatic silhouette.
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.