Choosing Fabric for Nénuphar

Written by Camille
May 9 2018 | Inspirations, The patterns

Ready to start sewing? Here are our fabric recommendations for the Nénuphar jacket!

The clean lines of Nénuphar work as well in solid fabrics, for a lightweight jacket to add over any outfit, as in prints for an eye-catching statement piece. If you’d like to emphasize the kimono inspiration of this pattern, don’t be scared to look into traditional Japanese fabrics. Though they can be hard to find in brick-and-mortar stores outside of specialty shops, you can find them easily online, for instance on the beautiful Miss Matatabi website.

Version A

The architectural volumes of Nénuphar’s version A require fabric with some body, so that the collar keeps its shape and the 3/4 sleeves don’t collapse. Nothing to stiff, though: a crisp fabric, such as poplin, wouldn’t be very comfortable to wear for this type of garment. Instead, use chambray, lawn, or lightweight cotton sateen.

The one exception to this rule are Dutch Wax Prints, which would work for this pattern since the back is only slightly gathered. Remember to pre-wash the fabric to make it softer, and read our tips to sew with Dutch Wax Prints on the blog.

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Version B

For version B, on the other hand, drapey fabrics are needed to create beautiful long sleeves. Rayon, tencel, lyocell and the likes will be your allies to create an aerial jacket that dances with your movements, as well as cotton voile and double gauze.

Be wary of loosely-woven fabrics, though, if you want to keep the collar notches crip and clean. For instance, the fabric we used for our pink sample is a lovely rayon twill, whose weave ensures a sturdier hand than a rayon challis.

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Have you already spotted your dream fabric for your Nénuphar jacket?

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PsychicSewerKathleen, May 9 2018

Thank you for posting this fabric guidance for the Nénuphar jacket which I just ordered this morning. Love this pattern! This is the type of coverup that I’ll probably make up several times. I have some beautiful, drapey 4 ply silk that I think would be lovely in this pattern 🙂

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