Sometimes my curiosity just gets the better of me and I try something that is quite outside my normal realm. This project was one of those instances.
In my normal course of life, I have a strong preference for natural fibres – linen, cotton, silk and wool – but after a chat with Lisa in Tessuti (Melbourne) I decided to try one of their Japanese technical 100% polyester fabrics. The fabric I selected is called Red Lava Flow and it was the lovely colour palette that caught my attention.
What is technical polyester you ask? Well, it is a term coined by Tessuti to describe a new generation of woven polyester fabrics from Japan. These fabrics have have been created to even more closely match the characteristics of silk, with special attention being paid to breatheability and easy care. Apparently, these new generation polyester fabrics are been used more and more by fashion labels, and therefore it is not surprising, that they are making their way into our fabric stores too.
Over the last few years with both my girls at school, I have more evening functions to attend. My standard dress code for a dinner with friends or a parent function in cooler weather is dark skinny jeans, heels, a silky top and a jacket/wrap. With only one me-made top to choose from (this one) a wardrobe gap was identified and this item was sewn to help fill it.
So, how do I rate the fabric?
- Like silk, technical polyester is shifty to cut and sew
- It presses well on a medium heat setting and copes well with steam
- It gathers beautifully… really beautifully
- The fabric is lovely to wear… and so far so good with regards to breatheability
- It doesn’t crease much
So, does technical polyester have a place in my wardrobe? Yes and no. I would consider this fabric again if was sewing a travel wardrobe, if I fell desperately in love with a the pattern/colourway, or when budget dictates, but in my heart of hearts, if I’m cutting and sewing shifty fabric, then I’d much prefer it to be silk.
Have you tried this new generation of polyester fabric yet? If yes, what did you think? If no, tell me the last time you had a really good belly laugh.
Pattern: Pattern Fantastique’s Aeolian Tee Shirt/Dress (available in PDF and Hardcopy) with modified sleeves (top length)
Fabric: Red Lava Flow from Tessuti
Alterations: The sleeves were slashed & spread, lengthened and the curved hemline was gathered and bound with bias binding
Accessories: Beads were a gift and shoes were a recent purchase from the Florsheim Outlet in Fairfield
Location: Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, Daylesford