What to do in the summer when you want a frock with a bit of structure, a bit of shape, but don’t want to feel like a trussed-up and sweaty sausage? You fall upon this teal and purple stretch cotton piqué fabric with incredulity and passion is what. The abstract print design on this fabric is exceptional; to our eye there’s the architectural feel as well as the unexpected vibrancy of a John Piper painting – and we absolutely love it. Rich dark browns are contrasted with teals and purple – lit up with glimmers of cochineal crimson. Summer trousers are one direction you could go in – but we’re excited at the prospect of a fitted summer dress to display this design to the max.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is a cotton piqué with a small amount of stretch – there’s 2% elastane which allows for about 5% ease across the width of the fabric (none down the length). The cotton content means it’s breathable for summer wear and the waffle-like classic piqué weave provides added texture and structure.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our teal and purple stretch cotton piqué fabric has a soft, smooth and pliable handle which will be will be cool and comfortable next to the skin as a dress or pair of trousers. We’d describe it as a medium-weight dress fabric which behaves a little like a cotton sateen but with a different weave and surface finish. It’s not at all bulky and easy to work with.
How does this fabric move?
This is a fabric with the ability to hold some shape. It doesn’t drape or flow; it falls into softly-angled folds. The stretch element here is just enough for a little ease in a tightly-fit garment as you can see from 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?
As you’d expect in a fabric with this weave pattern, our purple stretch cotton piqué fabric has excellent opacity. You wouldn’t need to line a skirt or trousers for purposes of modesty, comfort or structure. If you were making a dress, skirt or jacket then you might want to add a lining for ease of movement over hosiery or other clothes; similarly a fitted bodice might be lined for additional structure depending on your pattern design.
What can I make with this fabric?
This stunning teal and purple stretch cotton piqué fabric will work for most separates as well as dresses that require a little structure. Pencil or shorter skirts, cropped summer trousers, casual or fitted jackets are all options. We’ve recently discovered the treasure-trove that is the Mood Sewciety Blog’s free pattern resource. We particularly like this ‘Maisel Dress’ which we think would be perfect for this gently-structured fabric.
97% cotton, 2% spandex
Machine wash separately at 30º or 40º
Machine wash at 30º or 40º.
See our Fabric care pages for more information.