Rippling, layered, longer-length dresses and elegant draping blouses continue to be very much a part of current collections. They cross seasons; cool and wafting in the warmer months, perfect for layering in colder weather. Draping, breathable fabrics like this leaf-printed black and purple viscose crepe-de-chine fabric are immensely versatile and we love the way the multi-coloured leaves in the print pattern pop out from the black background.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our black and purple viscose crepe-de-chine is a 100% viscose cloth. Closely-woven with the finely-textured surface you’d expect in a crepe-de-chine, we’d describe it as a lighter-weight dress fabric.
What does this fabric feel like?
This fabric has a slightly rippled but refined and cool handle. It’s breathable so a good option for warmer weather; it’s also cool and gentle next to the skin.
How does this fabric move?
Whether you decide to use it on the cross or hang it straight, our black and purple viscose crepe-de-chine fabric loves to flow and ripple. You’ll need to take care to lay it out and pin carefully when working with it. A length of it will swing and drape with life and elegance as you can see in 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?
Our leafy black and purple viscose crepe-de-chine fabric has very good opacity for its weight; the depth of colour also helps. A top, blouse or tunic won’t need lining. You might choose to line, layer or wear a half-slip under a skirt or dress if you’re wearing it over hosiery simply to aid movement and add a little structure.
What can I make with this fabric?
Tops, blouses and dresses are all options for this fabric. Draping, less structured designs are always going to be its forte. There’s a trend for longer, flowing skirts and dresses right now – and this dress from Butterick (B6678) reflects that fashion. It has a nicely-fitted empire waistline which will avoid the appearance of being swamped.
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.