Much as in the 1930s, our daytime and evening wardrobes these days tend to rely on luxurious yet relaxed fabrics with movement and the ability to hint at a shape underneath. Our metallic grey satin-backed crepe fabric is very much in that mould – perfect for dressing up – but also with the potential for classic, elegant daywear. The face of this fabric is a decisive yet gentle shade of grey, backed with a satin finish which is almost foil-like in its reflective qualities.
This shade of grey is delightful with whites and ivories – though we’d probably avoid creams. Soft pinks and muted mauves will be wonderful however – as are vibrant colours such as flame reds and cerise purples. Our metallic grey satin-backed crepe fabric has a fabulous drape as you’d expect yet still has sufficient structure to enable it to work for a wide range of garments. You can see how it moves and drapes in this video.
Dresses, skirts, flowing trousers; tops and tunics too – our metallic grey satin-backed crepe fabric is immensely versatile we think. It has excellent opacity and the handle and thickness of a good medium-weight dress fabric. For the record, if you’re a regular then this metallic grey satin-backed crepe fabric is very slightly lighter in weight than our usual satin-backed crepe fabrics). It has a classic crepe texture on its surface, but with a somewhat smoother feel than a classic wool or triple crepe, for instance.
However that’s only part of the story. With the reverse of the fabric you can create a delightful contrast in textures within the same garment. Collars, lapels, cuffs, trimmings – all of these can be lit up using the satin side of this fabric which is slightly lighter in colour and with a fabulous lustre. In fact you could go the whole hog and use the reverse side of this fabric for your whole garment.
We think the drape and substance of this fabric would be perfect for the ‘Dotty’ Blouse from Style Arc.
Machine wash at 30 or 40 degrees but we recommend spot- and dry-cleaning lined or closely-fitted and structured garments. Find out more on our About our fabric pages.