Looking at Crepe de Chine Fabric

When using crepe fabric it is important to note that that there are multiple variations of the fabric, all of which have their own specific uses. Amongst them are canton, crepe-back satin, crepe de Chine, Georgette, marocain, faille, lingerie, mossy, romaine, and rough.

Generally speaking the fabric is usually woven with crepe yarn, which is a hard-twist yarn produced either with a higher number of twists per inch than ordinary yarn or with alternate “S” and “Z” twists. It can be made from many different types of fibre, whether natural or man-made, making it an extremely versatile and flexible type of fabric.

Fabric UK is currently offering a gorgeous black Crepe de Chine for those interested in making something really special. This particular Crepe differs from the traditional hard crepe that is often used in Britain for items such as mourning clothing and nun’s habits as it has a much softer and wavier appearance.

This wave pattern is created using a special process that involves boiling the material after weaving and a reverse twisting pattern that is almost unique to the product.

Over the years the material has gained popularity due to its versatility. It can be made in any colour and is used in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Fringes and embroidery on shawls and scarves
  • Costume making
  • Belly dancing costumes
  • Beautiful flowing curtains
  • Pillow coverings
  • Saris

An important thing to note is that, due to the sift nature of the material, it is prone to occasional creasing and so will need to be regularly ironed to ensure that it looks as good as possible. It’s a small sacrifice to pay for such a gorgeous fabric and we are sure that many of you out there have your own ideas about the best ways to use it.

Crepe fabric is also extremely popular with mainstream fashion designers and it can be regularly seen in some capacity on the dresses worn by celebrities at red carpet events.

One particular example is the stunning ivory Altuzarra silk-and-crepe dress with strappy sandals that was worn by Nicole Kidman at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Check out the picture below to see how the fabric was used to create a gorgeous and stylish dress that really suited the occasion.



I think we can all agree that it looks absolutely stunning and there is no reason why you wouldn’t be able to craft your own designs using this gorgeous fabric. Don’t be shy, if Nicole wears it, it’s good enough for you to try it!

Check out our amazing Crepe de Chine fabric .

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