This stunning rust, chestnut and chartreuse green stretch cotton piqué fabric is surely the epitome of autumn. It’s an alternative colourway of our popular ‘Pagnell’ from earlier in the year, and as with its sibling, 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 sharp lichen greens and puddles of teal, – lit up with glimmers of vibrant rust. Cropped trousers are one direction you could go in – but we’re excited at the prospect of a casual jacket to top off a pair of dark olive trousers – we’ve pictured it with our ‘Headland’ olive lyocell twill to show that potential.
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 and the waffle-like classic piqué weave provides added texture and structure.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our chestnut and green 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. We’d suggest our ‘Glowing bronze stretch viscose lining’ as a lining; it has just the right amount of ease for this fabric.
What can I make with this fabric?
This stunning chestnut and chartreuse green stretch cotton piqué fabric will work for most separates as well as dresses that require a little structure. A short skirt over opaque tights and boots, cropped trousers, casual or fitted jackets are all options. We quite like the look of this casual ‘Avril’ Jacket from Fibre Mood and can imagine it setting your autumn alight.
98% cotton, 2% spandex
Machine wash separately at 30º or 40º
Machine wash at 30º or 40º.
See our Fabric care pages for more information.