Suede and leather have been major stories in designer collections in recent months. We realise not everyone is comfortable with the idea of wearing animal skin, however the good news is that the quality of faux suede and leather has improved in leaps and bounds over the last few years. This dark mossy green faux suede fabric is the most luscious colour and has a texture that will deceive even the most practiced fingers.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is a polyester fabric, but one that passes the ClothSpot ‘do we really have to?’ test on the basis of its quality and practicality. It’s not a double-sided fabric, so a coat or jacket would require facing and/or lining. It has the weight of a medium-weight suiting and the right side has a convincing suede-like surface with a directional pile that runs down the length of the fabric. Like all woven suede-like it has a very close weave and high opacity. You’ll need a fine, new ‘sharp’ category needle to sew this fabric.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our mossy green faux suede fabric has a beautifully-soft handle on the right side; the reverse side is soft but woven without the pile. It’s a very pliable fabric; stable and easy to manage.
How does this fabric move?
The close weave of this fabric gives it a good structure; it holds a shape without being overly stiff and unwieldy. An A-line skirt will look just as it’s meant to; pleats and tucks will sculpt gently angular shapes. However it falls, rolls and swings with elegance as you can see in this video.
Will I need to line this fabric?
This is a fabric with near-total opacity despite its relatively lighter weight. It won’t therefore need lining for purposes of modesty and its softness will mean that unlined trousers will be perfectly comfortable. A lining in a jacket or coat will provide additional structure and ease of wearing although not strictly necessary as long as the collar and lapels are faced. You’d probably also want to line a skirt or pinafore in order to enable movement across the body and over hosiery.
What can I make with this fabric?
Casual jackets, cross-season coats, pinafores and winter skirts are all options for this delicious mossy green faux suede fabric.
We think Butterick 6641 would be a versatile design for this faux suede; it would hold the gentle fit and collar detail well and the colour and weight would work across seasons.
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.