Sometimes, the fiber says it all. Cotton and silk blend is a delicate and richly luxurious fabrication with which to work and to wear. In this case, there is much to say about the print as well. The designs in our newest collection of prints are all about color. The motifs are geometric, leaving a distinct visual impression if viewed flat. The joy of working with large geometric prints such as these is the way color works when the fabric is used in garments or accessories. For instance, a print with high contrast and regular spacing can look bold if used straight on, but suddenly becomes a delicious blend of the colors and shapes when it is used in soft drape and fold silhouettes.
Mixing the usage in a garment works nicely when the print is lower contrast and all over. Use it for a fitted bodice and let it flow into a soft skirt or drape the neckline and taper to an a-line or slightly gathered skirt.
Where did these names come from? We drew our inspiration from 60’s TV characters.
Another wonderful use for cotton/silk prints is for scarves and wraps. Long scarves that continue their popularity in current fashion are perfect for warm weather too if made from delicate fibers. To make a scarf, use anywhere from 28 to 40 inch width. It will fold or drape to a much narrower width when in use. For length, base it on your height, but generally 1.75 to 2 yds is about right. A square works well with a 44 inch fabric—buy 1.25 yds to get your square. Narrow hem the edges and fringe the ends for a current look. It can also be used as a wrap on cool nights or in air conditioned venues. Colors are soft and summery, working with whites or pastels as well as basic colors.