We know that flowers weren’t really the stock-in-trade for those remarkable women designers of the Soviet Union in the 1920s. However the decisiveness of the design and the saturated colours in this black, grey and rust printed satin-backed crepe fabric spoke to us of their memorable designs. We adore the scale and boldness of this vibrant floral.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is a lighter-weight satin-backed crepe fabric. The satin weave in the back of the fabric gives it a little more structure and certainly more opacity than you’d expect from a crepe of this weight. The composition is polyester – not our first choice but given the colder weather and the sheer brilliance of this design, we felt that this was a fabric for which to bend our rules.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our black, grey and vibrant rust printed satin-backed crepe fabric has the grainy texture you’d expect in a crepe fabric. The satin reverse means that it’s comfortable next to the skin however. We’d describe it as leaning towards the heavier end of the ‘lightweight’ dress fabric category.
How does this fabric move?
Our grey and rust printed satin-backed crepe fabric is a draping, slightly floating fabric. We wouldn’t describe it as fluid due to the effect of its complex weave combination. However it has some substance and moves with elegance as you can see from this video.
Will I need to line this fabric?
This is a closely-woven crepe fabric which therefore has very good opacity for its weight. A shirt, top or tunic wouldn’t require lining. Although you might consider a slip or a lining under a dress or skirt for movement against hosiery or for structure – you wouldn’t require it for purposes of modesty. All of which means that it would also work (we think) as a lighter-weight jumpsuit too.
What can I make with this fabric?
Dresses, floating skirts, shirts and tops are all options for this striking fabric. However since we mentioned jumpsuits, you might want to consider it as a candidate for the ‘Carly’ jumpsuit by Style Arc. We think it would make a fabulous party statement.
You can see other jumpsuit pattern options on our Jumpsuit Sewing Patterns Pinterest Board.
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.