Challis — the “un-knit” print

Challis — the “un-knit” print

Everywhere we look in ready to wear, fabulous prints abound.  What a joy to have so many choices for expressing our personalities in our fashion!  Most of the prints we see this year are jersey knits which are wonderful for slightly fitted tops or dresses with stable drape illustrated by this vibrant printed wrap dress from Etro.

Viscose Jersey
Viscose Jersey

Some are cotton satins, poplins or twills  which are best suited to structured  styles such as this highly constructed criss cross dress from Carven.

Cotton Twill
Cotton Twill

And a few are rayon challis.

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Viscose Dress

Pronounced shalee, this plain weave fabric is soft to the touch with lots of drape.  Sewers and designers have used it for many years to create soft silhouettes. Currently, a new incarnation of designers in Europe have glommed onto the attributes of this fabrication for dresses and tops that fall from the shoulders or waist in soft gathers or pleats.

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Typically rayon challis is lightweight, providing an airy feel to the garment and are generally printed with floral, geometric or paisley designs.  Other motifs are seen as well.  One advantage to a drapey fabric is the ability to wear large prints without displaying the full expanse of the print.  When it falls in deep folds, it lessens the impact of a large floral for instance.  For more on choosing prints, see our guest blog at Sew in Fashion.

In addition to its soft hand and drape, rayon challis takes dye well and is an excellent canvas for complex prints.

Tiger Lily
Tiger Lily

The playsuit trend (See our Trends Pinterest Board) is the perfect silhouette for soft fabrications. Comfortable and a bit alluring, this will work up well for home or casual wear.  check out our Palazzo and Maxis Pinterest Board for longer flowy garments.

Looking for the right pattern?  We’ve included a few from Vogue as examples of the silhouette.  Most pattern companies will have similar versions of appropriate patterns to make up in these wonderfully soft and drapey prints.

Vogue 8870
Vogue 8870
Vogue 1395
Vogue 1395
Vogue 8953
Vogue 8953

Some of the newest offerings we have brought in from France are

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Tiger Lily
June in Blue
June in Blue

Other challis in stock would include our fabulous rayon batik from Bali

Pinata Batik
Pinata Batik

and our latest pick from The Bistro.

Jenny rayon challis
Jenny rayon challis

More fabulous viscose challis prints are due in a few weeks.  We’ll get them posted and let you know via the newsletter as soon as they arrive.

  • Jenny

    I remember being so excited when all the knit prints started coming out some years ago, and now I am excited to see more woven prints come back in stock. :-) It’s funny how the trends flow and we (the consumers) can always want what isn’t in stock at the moment. I am loving the vivid florals of Tiger Lily and June!

    • http://www.sawyerbrook.com/ Sawyer Brook Fabrics

      Thanks Jenny…we love the new prints too. More brights on the way soon…and then some rich colors for fall. Just call me the temptress!

  • andrew carter

    The fabric is also chosen according to the season, think of the winter where the wool is mostly prefer by everyone.

    look some of the fabric quality and usage at Jaipur rugs company