Tag Archives: silk

M!lly silk twill – from Rococo to Baroque

The M!lly designers certainly do a great job of mining classic design styles but giving them a twist to bring them completely up-to-date.

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This silk twill epitomises that I think with its modern colouration and bold rendition of the graphics.

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Rococo string of pearls M!lly silk crepe de chine SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

Perhaps some of you may share the M!lly fabric infatuation that I’ve had?  This one is a charm too.

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This print is full of the whimsy that I love so much…

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Designer duchess silk satin – black with embroidered flowers

I had fantasies for this fabric, absolutely harboured it…and with the delicate white and yellow centred embroidered daisies strewn across the fabric face, I knew that I would choose some white and yellow contrast silks and work them all into some lovely dress crafted from this great, great fabric.

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I’m not even sure that it is possible to wander into a store and hope to see a designer duchess satin anymore?

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Truly elegant grey & black double crepe de chine silk SOLD

GONE NOW THANK YOU

I bought this beautiful and very high-quality silk…

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…with a dedicated project in mind…

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Japanese embroidered kimono silk roll SOLD

GONE THANKS

Here’s something a bit different.  Are there any lovers of vintage Japanese kimono silks out there?

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If you are not familiar with the world of the kimono silks here’s another fabric avenue to become infatuated with :))

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Silk/lycra georgette with swirling aqua & blue graphics SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

No surprises that I have a fondness for lovely little silks and here’s another one.  Again, it’s a silk georgette/lycra straight from the garment district in the city that never sleeps.

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Silk for afternoon tea at Miss Havishams SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

Hmmm, what is that with the title…maybe this is the by-product of doing a lot of listings in a very short time.  But I look at this beautiful silk and I see the antique, fading and slightly shabby looking paisley print and imagine afternoon tea at Miss Havisham’s dilapidated mansion.

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Designer flowers silk/lycra georgette SOLD

SOLD NOW THANK YOU

Softer shades of maize, sand, nutmeg, willow green and lagoon blue blend beautifully in this silk georgette.

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They are actually very Australian colours, even though I snapped up this lovely fabric in the NYC garment district.

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Ebony and ivory flowers silk lycra SOLD

GONE THANKS

Silk perfection, that’s the only way to describe this piece…

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The perfect weight and drape, the perfect length and a great print and price…

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Tropical punch silk **PRICE DROP** **PENDING**

PENDING NOW THANKS

Vibrant colours with pretty motifs makes for a happy print.

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Paraiba blue quartz digital print silk charmeuse **PRICE DROP**

Now this is special.  One for lovers of digital prints.

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Soft burnished gold silk organza SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

Now here is an understated beauty of a silk, perfect if you want something a little bit dressier or ‘special occasion’ but want to keep things not too formal.

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That is to say, you could do a relaxed top or shift in this fabric, nothing too elaborate, and the lovely luminous glow to this silk organza makes it that bit more special.  See some of the tops below. (more…)


Miu meets Sui **PRICE DROP**

Thinking of tapping into the paisley-inspired prints dominating the catwalks and stores?  This Anna Sui silk ticks all the boxes…

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Cheetah print silk/lycra charmeuse **PRICE DROP**

It’s a designer one, from M!lly.

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Animal prints can be as bold or understated as you wish.  With this silk piece, I envisaged a classic shirt or simple top to be worn underneath a black jacket, or more casually, a cardigan.

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Jewel tones super-soft silk SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

This fabric is seriously the softest silk I have ever come across in my lifetime of scouring for fabrics.  I have no idea how such soft silk came to be and why I haven’t seen more of it.  I’d love to know the provenance of this piece, that’s for sure.

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Roberto Cavalli green leaves silk

This fabric is the product of a hunt.  I had seen a woman looking fab in this sensational green leaves top while she was at the stop light next to me.  I could see the “Just Cavalli” signature in the fabric.  Hence the hunt began.

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I trawled the silk sections of a number of stores and asked widely.  (more…)


When doves cry Milly silk SOLD

GONE, THANK YOU

Milly does THE best prints and this tri-colour (off-white, grey and deep navy) doves silk is right up there as one of my favourites.  I went searching for this fabric and was very happy when I found it.

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I have had a number of people ask about decent dress-lengths of good silks and this one fits that bill. (more…)


Jewel in the crown designer silk satin SOLD

NOW GONE, THANKS

The most exceptional digital prints have emerged in the last few years hot on the heels of the works of designers like Mary Katrantzou – the absolute star of digital design – and Peter Pilotto.  I can’t attribute this fabric to a particular designer but I understand that this print is from the Italian mills.

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Rubik’s cube silk/lycra charmeuse SOLD

FABRIC IS GONE, THANKS

I have many, many pieces of lovely silk in just the right length for floaty tops or perky blouses.  This silk fits both the fun and classic mould at the same time.

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And, it will match everything… (more…)


Grey with black etched ellipses silk SOLD

GONE NOW, MANY THANKS

Just because I am offering up a lot of fabrics it doesn’t mean that I don’t love them.  This is one of the very loved one – it is a superb quality silk, the print design is perfect, classic but modern, the colours are versatile.  It is a great piece.

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Brilliant designer wool/silk gazar SOLD

GONE NOW, THANKS VERY MUCH

There is a story to this fabric, and a few people can probably tell the same tale. IMG_5411 (more…)


Pinwheel flowers designer silk charmeuse GONE

SOLD NOW THANKS

This gorgeous silk is a M@rc J@cobs fabric.

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Flowers on fire hammered silk panel SOLD

GONE NOW THANK YOU

This is an amazing fabric.  First, it is a hammered silk, and you don’t see this type of silk often at all.

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Second, it is superb quality.  The weight and drape is sublime.  Third, the print itself is gorgeously intense with shades of deep cobalt, fire engine red and poinsettia submerged in shadows.

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Milly spirograph daisies suede silk/lycra SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

Ok, I really love this Milly print.  I spotted it sitting high up on the top row of a wall full of fabrics in a tiny NYC garment district shop.  Couldn’t touch it, couldn’t even see closely, but something about it called out to me.

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When they finally got the bolt down for me, I swooned.

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Millefiori silk crepe de chine SOLD

GONE, MANY THANKS

There is such an enchanting level of detail in this lovely little silk and I’m absolutely positive the print was inspired by millefiori glass work.

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Milly orange & white graphic silk cotton voile SOLD

GONE THANKS

I’ve made a point of collecting Milly fabrics where I can.  The prints are always engaging, the quality is fantastic, and if you can located the original garment then there’s good inspiration for your own ideas.

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Big bright butterflies Roberto C@valli silk GONE NOW

The time has come, finally, to relinquish this Roberto C@valli silk beauty that has had a prized place in my fabric stash for quite a while now.

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Nothing I say, and none of the images, will be adequate enough to really communicate how stunning this fabric is.  I can but try. (more…)


Navy & indigo silk crepe de chine SOLD

I’ve looked and looked at this silk and still remain entirely unsure whether I should describe the pattern as a woodgrain or marbled effect.  Maybe it can be both…

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Milly spider mums silk charmeuse SOLD

NOW GONE, THANK YOU

This was a Milly favourite from a few years back, a fabulous silk that sort of suggests an oriental influence with the print pattern, hence the spider mums reference, but that could be just a rorchach test thing going on.

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Chinese new year fireworks silk crepe de chine SOLD

GONE NOW, THANKS

Moving quite a few more silks along now, including this very excellent silk crepe de chine.

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Foil & foliage silk/lycra SOLD

This is a New York designer fabric, not sure which designer though.  It is a substantial silk/lycra fabric.

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The fabric is fluid and completely malleable.  It has the texture of a crepe de chine, but it is much closer to a 4ply weight silk, though it falls just a little bit short of that classification.  It is a really top quality silk; just wonderful.

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Th@koon 4ply silk crepe yellow paisley catwalk fabric SOLD

AND IT IS NOW GONE, THANK YOU!

Ok, so this one is special.  It will probably go very quickly, if the interest expressed behind the scenes is any indication, but it is worthy of a longer post.

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First, it was a big-time catwalk design for Th@koon from a couple of summer seasons ago.  (more…)


Tokyo gardens silk charmeuse SOLD

GONE, THANKS

Now that I’m looking at this silk it really presents as a sampler of symbols and motifs from traditional Japanese textiles, especially kimonos and haori, but presented in a completely modern way.

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The Mums are one of the most dominant features in Japanese designs and they are exploding all over this fabric, but you also see the bamboo leaves, the background hexagons and may other traditional symbols. (more…)


Big green embroidered blooms silk SOLD

GONE NOW, THANKS

A profusion of embroidered green blooms adorns this high-quality dupion silk. IMG_4803 This fabric was an exclusive fabric from one of the mills that used to produce some of the best embroidered textiles out of Rajasthan. (more…)


Moschino neon flowers silk crepe de chine remnant SOLD

GONE, THANK YOU

Moschino designed the right garments for this sunny silk – lovely, swishy caftans.

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Unfortunately there is only a remnant here, but it is still a sunny silk, no matter it’s a small piece! (more…)


NY designer white and green chrysanthamums silk SOLD

THIS FABRIC IS NOW SOLD, MANY THANKS

In Phi!!ip L!m’s hands this captivating silk became stunning, embellished skater dresses that were snapped up at lightening speed.

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I was very lucky to get this piece.  It arrived the afternoon I visited a particular garment city shop.  There was only this one length, and I understand that was all that ended coming out of the studio. (more…)


Paintball silk crepe de chine SOLD

GONE, THANK YOU

Take one quick flick through the latest fashion mags and gorgeous prints are everywhere.

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This silk is the best of both worlds…a versatile black background with splashes of colour, as if you’ve walked out of an artist’s studio…or a paintball game? (more…)


Designer cosmos silk

GONE NOW THANKS

Here is a Phillip L!m silk and this is a new type of silk for me too.

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Apart from the great good luck to have visited the NYC garment district many times, one advantage is to be exposed to so many different fabrics types that you ordinarily don’t encounter in the stores.  It makes me realise that I have to expand my fabric knowledge when I have no idea what to name the types of silk.

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Spice market silk

GONE NOW THANKS

The colours in this silk are glorious…pomegranate, aqua, saffron, lime, persimmon, amber, on an off-white base, with dark scrolls linking the medallion patterns.

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Deep burgundy, teal and magenta silk georgette

I’m rather partial to silk georgettes and especially like them when there are a couple of layers, especially a heavier plain colour georgette underneath.  This seems to give the fabric a weight and swishy-ness that it a little bit irresistible and totally great to wear.

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Pink psychadelic flowers silk goergette SOLD

THIS FABRIC IS SOLD – MANY THANKS

Oh how I love this gorgeous piece of silk!  The pattern and colours are just captivating.

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This silk georgette is a stunning quality, fine and light and airy, but not too transparent.  (more…)


M@rc Jacobs exotic birds silk crepe de chine SOLD

ALL GONE, MANY THANKS

Here is a beauty, straight from a M@rc Jacobs resort collection from just a couple of years ago.  This is such a colourful and happy print and the fabric quality is fabulous.

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Cynthia Steff blues ikat crinkle silk SOLD

SOLD – MANY THANKS

I’ve called this an ikat print because I thought it had some of the ikat features, but maybe it is actually more like a tie-dye effect?  Either way, it is a contemporary fabric from the New York design studio of Cynthia Steffe, who made the most adorable dresses in this fabric.

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Fuchsia, mushroom and teal art nouveau silk SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

Sigh.  I’m letting go of a very favourite.

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This is a much loved fabric that I bought in NYC a few years ago from one of my favourite shops on West 35th Street…way up high.  The best shops in the garment district are not on street level, just remember that if you ever intend to visit.

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Thakoon to come…

Sneak peak at a 4ply silk crepe Thakoon runway fabric coming up.  Stumbled on the image of Daria Werbowy from W Magazine and I just had to put it together with this silk.

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(Still have to measure and properly photograph this fabric…not too far away)


Autumn flowers silk

This gorgeous piece of silk is perfect for dressing up or down. Featuring a palette of autumn blooms in colours from auburn to cinnamon on a deep roast background, this will work for any number of dress designs, or tops and skirts…see the collage below.

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I’ll call it a silk taffeta because it has a slightly stiff hand, but it is not quite as heavy and stiff as the true taffetas.  (more…)


Stunning Osc@r de la Rent@ silk twill SOLD

GONE NOW THANK YOU

Next up, a superb silk twill from the late great designer Osc@r de la Rent@.

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Red blue flower graphics double silk georgette SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

This piece is a little beauty.  It is not all that often that you see the silk double georgettes around, and with such a gorgeous print design too.

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Silk/lycra charmeuse monotone paisley print SOLD

SOLD NOW THANKS

A classic paisley pattern made modern by the scale-up of the design and offered on a silk/lycra charmeuse.

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There is a lovely amount of stretch in this particular silk, about 10%, and with perfect recovery.

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M!lly link print fine silk twill SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

M!lly developed a series of link print fabric from small to large scale and based a whole range around them.  This silk comes from that range.

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It’s Milly Feathersssssss…. SOLD

SORRY – IT’S GONE

Alrighty, this is possibly one of the most popular of all the Milly fabrics, with simply unbelievable jewel colours in a stunning digital feathers design.

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This is a silk charmeuse, and it’s a dress length, and I suspect trigger fingers will be needed.

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Anne K1ein tropical jungle silk/lycra SOLD

THIS FABRIC IS GONE NOW, THANKS

You know some fabrics come along and you just want to pet them all the time?  This wonderful Anne K1ein silk is one of them.

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Whether it’s the lustrous surface, the slightest suggestion of crinkle texture or the spring of a bit of lycra, this silk demands to be stroked. (more…)


Delicate flowers dusky purples silk charmeuse SOLD

GONE NOW – THANK YOU

So whimsical this design; charming detail, intricate bouquets, but beautifully subtle.

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Cream & black dot & stripe silk SOLD

THIS FABRIC IS GONE NOW, THANKS

This is a lovely, classic silk with just a bit of difference in the pattern and the silk quality…a lovely crinkle silk that gives the fabric that little bit of wearing ease.

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This silk is opaque and has a lovely weight and drape and feel. (more…)


Stunning nippon inspired silk crepe SOLD

THIS FABRIC IS GONE NOW – MANY THANKS

Ok, this is one of my most favourite and guarded silks and I have been carefully hoarding it for ages.  But now, its time has come.

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I certainly have a penchant for the Japanese inspired fabrics. Once again, the Japanese textile imagery is the heart of the design, with the ever-popular Mums dominating.  (I have several incredible vintage kimonos.  The embroidery is unbelievable. I will take some photos and do a post soon).

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