At first glance you’d think this was a silk crepe-de-chine, so refined is the finish, but that’s not the case. The glowing colour and lustrous finish of this spotted russet viscose challis fabric have blown us away. The spots here are more gentle abstract daubs – not polka dots – and they’re in a shade of chocolate that adds subtle depth to this already classy fabric.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is is a finely-woven, lighter-weight viscose fabric. Challis fabrics are characterised by a plain weave pattern and a relaxed drape, which is exactly what we have here. This spotted russet viscose challis fabric has very good opacity for its weight, due to its fine, close weave and the depth of colour.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our spotted russet viscose challis fabric has a particularly soft and gentle handle. It will be cool and very comfortable next to the skin and since viscose is a cellulose-based fibre, it will be breathable too.
How does this fabric move?
As with most viscose fabrics, this is a cloth that loves to flow and ripple. You can see how our spotted russet viscose challis fabric moves and drapes 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?
Given the excellent opacity of this fabric for its weight, you’ll be just fine with an unlined blouse or tunic and for less formal, more carefree occasions an unlined dress or skirt in this fabric will be perfectly acceptable, especially more voluminous or draped designs. However a silhouette may be visible against bright lights and so depending the design of a dress or skirt, a plain cotton lawn lining or a half-slip might be advisable if that’s something that might concern you.
What can I make with this fabric?
We think our rippling chocolate-spotted russet viscose challis fabric will be perfect for tops, shirts, tunics and dresses too. Relaxed and draping patterns will make the most of its drape; this isn’t a fabric to use in a structured garment. The ‘Sadie’ Top from Style Arc will use the drape of this fabric in the distinctive sleeves and the simple shape will work well as a layer under a jacket or cardigan too.
Machine wash separately at 30º or 40º
Machine wash at 30º or 40º.
See our Fabric care pages for more information.