We love searching out linen prints – and we love the organic, warm tones of this one. Our pink, gold and muted purple printed linen mix fabric is like a fabric version of the Mohave desert at sunset – the perfect choice for a summer dress. We’ll all be doing plenty of al fresco sunset dining over the coming months and we think this would be the perfect accompaniment to your meal.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our muted purple printed linen mix fabric is a medium-weight dress fabric with a stable weave. It’s a clever blend of linen, viscose and cotton. We think the linen gives it a lovely sense of life and movement whereas the viscose brings softness and the cotton, some added shape-holding structure. Although there’s some bias ease, you won’t find widthwise give in a fabric with such a high proportion of line; you’ll need to factor that into your garment choice and sizing. You’ll also need to pre-wash your fabric to ensure that any initial shrinkage is removed prior to cutting.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a smooth, bouncing fabric which has texture in its weave but which will be supremely comfortable next to the skin. It’s breathable and our experience with this type of fabric is that they soften up very quickly but retain some structure too.
How does this fabric move?
This is a lively fabric which falls and swings beautifully, but which will hold a shape with character. You can see how it moves 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?
You won’t need to line a shirt, top or tunic made from this fabric, however a dress may require a bodice lining for structure depending on your pattern design and you may want to check that your undergarments don’t contrast too strongly with your skin tone. Unless you’re wearing it over bare legs, then you’ll need a half-slip to enable this fabric to move against your body. However this kind of fabric is usually used for summer-cool and more casual designs where a lining would probably defeat the object of the fabric. The weight of this fabric as well as the abstract and richly coloured print design all help with its opacity. A loose dress may reveal some silhouette when backed by sunlight, but no more than is in keeping with the style of garment you’re likely to be considering.
What can I make with this fabric?
Our muted purple printed linen mix fabric is a versatile fabric which we think will lend itself to shirts, tunics and simple dresses as much as spring/summer separates. Loosely-fitted summer trousers will also be an option. Judy is a great fan of the ‘Sydney’ Designer Dress from Style Arc which we think would be perfect for this lively fabric.
36% linen, 51% viscose, 36% cotton
Machine wash separately at 30º or 40º
Machine wash at 30º or 40º.
See our Fabric care pages for more information.