Prepare to have your breath taken away. We certainly lost ours when we set eyes on this truly extraordinary slate, ivory and terracotta velvet fabric. It’s a digital-printed Italian cloth with all the flamboyant style and quality you’d expect from that pedigree. The print is in the style of a classical still life, complete with a subtle ‘craquelure’ running across the surface of the print pattern.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our terracotta floral velvet fabric sits at the heavier end of the medium-weight velvet bracket. It’s a very closely-woven velvet designed to take this stunning print as faithfully as possible. It’s a polyester fabric – but we decided that for winter wear – and given the sheer quality of the cloth, we could make an exception for this fact. We recommend using a ‘sharp’ needle in order to sew this fabric since the weave is so close.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a beautifully soft velvet fabric – it really does feel silky smooth. It has a fairly short pile running the length of the fabric. You’ll want to ensure that this pile runs downwards on any garment pieces. This is a very pliable fabric but one with excellent structure.
How does this fabric move?
We think that for its weight, this seductive floral velvet fabric has a particularly lovely drape and movement. You can see how it moves and drapes in this video.
Will I need to line this fabric?
This is a near-opaque fabric which wouldn’t require lining for purposes of modesty as trousers for instance. However you’d probably want to line a pinafore, skirt or jacket in order to provide a little structure as well as to enable movement across hosiery or over other layers of clothing.
What can I make with this fabric?
Dresses, skirts, jackets and even coats too, are all options for this eye-catching and truly luxurious fabric.
We’ve chose our extraordinary terracotta floral velvet fabric as one of the options for our Winter Wrap Skirt Kit which uses Simplicity Pattern 8699 as the basis for a stunning skirt. Party dressing sorted in a single stroke.
Machine wash at 30 or 40 degrees with a gentle spin. Smooth and hang to dry. We recommend dry-and spot-cleaning lined garments. Find out more on our About our fabric pages