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Know Your Bases

We guide you through the ideal fabric bases for this season’s must-try fashion trends

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Tackle the runway’s most hotly tipped trends and your fashion ventures will always hit the mark. The key? Find the right fabric base. We give you a roll-by-roll rundown on Liberty Fabrics and how to use them.

Tana Lawn

Our bestselling base is as easy to wear as it is to work with. Woven using ultra-fine Egyptian cotton, the soft, supple handle carries just enough weight to hang effortlessly. Breathable, durable and a go-to for everything from dresses to shirting.

Try this: Newly nipped at the waist and ideal for Tana Lawn, the power print midi dress remains big news for autumn/winter 2017 – the bolder the better.

Belgravia Silk Satin

Lustrous by nature with a fluid drape, the reflective shine of silk satin brings new intensity to our print archive. A luxe year-round option that retains warmth in winter yet stays cool in summer, put it to use in dresses, skirts and shirts as well as lingerie and nightwear.

Try this: On the runway, satin was seen rippling through asymmetric skirts, detailed with ruching, draping and dramatic slits. Pick a print and try your own take.

Regent Silk Chiffon

Favoured for its flowing handle and delicate sheerness, silk chiffon offers a romantic quality, perfect for muted tones. The light, breezy weave is great in warm weather too. Use it for blouses, eveningwear and beach cover-ups, using gathering or layering to add dimension.

Try this: This season’s sheer trend sees chiffon blouses left unlined for drama, with added fluidity served up via draping and exaggerated sleeves – one to master for autumn/winter.

Kensington Silk Crepe de Chine

The easiest way to wear silk for day, crepe de chine’s matte surface carries a hint of roughness, offering a resilience and durability that belies its lightweight drape. Make the most of its crease-resistant quality in wide trousers, shirts, dresses and tailoring.

Try this: For autumn/winter 2017, the trouser silhouette to get behind is loose, louche and free-flowing. Fluid fabrics are key, making this a must-try in crepe de chine.

Conway Linen

A summer staple that cools by drawing heat away from the body, linen’s inimitable texture and natural slubs lend it a loose charm only enhanced by its easy-to-crease tendency. Use it in casual shirting, light outerwear and day dresses – ours can even be cold hand-washed.

Try this: Play up linen’s lightly dishevelled look with an unstructured mac. Oversized proportions and fuss-free details will balance a bold print for effortless layering potential.

Saville Poplin

Smooth-textured with a knack for holding its shape, cotton poplin offers the versatility of Tana Lawn with added durability and a crisp, clean finish. A cool, comfortable, easy-care option that proves essential when crafting shirts, blouses and dresses.

Try this: Manifested as ruffles and pleats, 3-D details remain a focal point into autumn/winter: perfect for utilising poplin’s gravity-defying capabilities when nipped, tucked and twisted.

Lilestone Wool

Naturally breathable with an ability to retain warmth in cooler weather, our fine-textured virgin wool crepe is a sound essential for durable, structured pieces. Think tailored trousers, shell tops, boxy jackets and winter-weight shirting/

Try this: With buttoned-up Americana set for a resurgence, now’s the time to review your shirt game. Look to Lilestone wool for slim-fit styles complete with Western-inspired details.

Viscose Jersey

Developed with low-pilling yarn, our viscose jersey is spun for a fluid drape and supreme softness. The four-way stretch optimises movement while cutting-edge printing techniques are used to avoid print distortion when taut. Use it for t-shirts, dresses and loungewear.

Try this: Supple viscose jersey is the best way to go for a sleek high-neck jersey. Work in elongated sleeves or split cuffs for a new season shake up of a classic, sporty silhouette.

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