I listed half of this fabric before, kept half back, but honestly, I am not sewing at all so this piece will surely have a better home than mine. It has been a while since I have made a Ch@nel-type jacket, but this fabric is just calling out to become one now. And it must have fringing.
The basic weave here is a rough-hewn effect black and white threaded weave and warp. Over the top, thicker off-white threads have been woven through. The effect is to make the fabric lighter rather than darker but still maintaining the classic black and white thing.
A friend and I had a chat about possibly even taking further contrast colour threads, like metallic silk threads for example, and weaving these into the fabric too. If you had a contrast fabric there is no reason that you couldn’t pick some contrast yarns and then further customise this fabric yourself. Bespoke indeed!
For those who haven’t seen it, much earlier in this blog I posted a video of some couture Chanel tweeds being hand-loomed. It is amazing what materials are used to make the Chanel fabrics! Everything from old cassette tape to lurex threads, ribbons, torn fabric strips.
I wish I could find a close up of the jacket bottom left, from the latest Chanel collection. I imagine, if you wanted, you could play around with some different threads and end up with a colourway/effect like this. Just ideas! The two images on the right are close-ups by Susie Lau of jackets showing the really imaginative tweed fabric effects people are playing with now.
This silk is a medium weight suiting fabric. As far as these types of fabric go, I find this to be on the lighter side. It is soft and easy to manipulate. The fabric is really wide at 165cm and the length is 1.8 metres. The silk fabric price is $34 per metre/$61 for the piece.
I can post this in the medium satchel (with tracking) at $13.40. Please see here for full details on payment and posting. If interested, please click on the email below; fabric details will appear automatically and I will get back to you asap. (Australia delivery only thanks).
(It is my photo that is not perpendicular, not the fabric).
Alongside with this fabric I will post a couple of fabrics that work really well with this silk. Just in case anyone asks whether they might match, I took a couple of photos. Both of these contrast fabrics have now been sold, but it is still fun to look at contrast possibilities.
With budgerigar silk/cotton voile
Grey black etched dots silk charmeuse