100% Japanese Cotton – Portia 'Citron'
Fabric is sold in units of 50cm (.5m; ½ m). Eg. for 2.5m, enter the Quantity ‘5’.
If the precise colour, weight and feel of the fabric is important for your decision, the Swatch Service can eliminate disappointment. Each Swatch is .50c. See under the 'About' tab for more details.
Portia Citron has an extraordinary citrus yellow base, with a tinge of green. The range of flowers are pinks, soft grey, mauve, with small moments of blue, and the foliage is grey with various greens. This is a new addition to the Cloth Edit Japanese Cotton Collection, and one of the most unique. It looks fantastic with white, naturals, navy, and blacks. The base cloth has a Uri Japanese 'jacquard' effect applied to it, and when printed this gives an interesting dimension to the design. The print is directional. It is a very pleasing 144cm wide, which is much wider than most Japanese cottons. This is a show stopper.
This cloth is perfect for staying cool in summer, but would be a beautiful shirt or blouse at any time of year. The sections of fabric with no 'jacquard' application are more transparent, but this is detracted by the print and overall effect. You may want to line skirts. For tops you may find that all you need are flesh toned undergarments or a cami.
144cm Wide. See last mage for more details.
For your cloth edit consider: loose tops/blouses/shirts or wrap tops. The fabric is light but holds some shape so consider dresses such as wraps, tunics, and shirt dresses. A full or wrap skirt would also be beautiful.
Here are some indie sewing pattern suggestions:
- Assembly Line - Cuff Top, Cuff Dress, Minimalist Kaftan, Puff Shirt, Cap Sleeve Top, Tie Bow Blouse, Oversized Shirt.
- By Hand London - Anna, Lizz, Sandeep, Tamzin, Hannah
- Closet Core Patterns – Kalle, Charlie, Cielo, Elodie
- Friday Pattern Company - Wilder Gown, Square Neck Top, Sagebrush Top, Davenport, Saltwater Slip Dress.
- Folkwear Patterns – Hapi and Haori, Gaza Dress, Japanese Field Clothing, Japanese Kimono, Old Mexico Dress
- Homer + Howells – Cissy, Ingrid.
- I AM Patterns – Joy, Jain, Juliette, Lucienne, Cassiopee, Gaia top, Sherazade, Cinderella, Irma, Luna.
- In The Folds – Collins Top
- Nina Lee - Bloomsbury, Bakerloo, Park Lane, Piccadilly
- Named Patterns – Helmi shirt or dress, Reeta Shirt Dress, Valo
- Papercut Patterns – Array, Maya, Nexus, Sequence, Tide, Pinnacle
- Pattern Fantastique - Mersis, Calyx, Celestial, Vali
- Pauline Alice Patterns – Vera, Coeli, Cami, Sedavi
While cotton can generally be machine washed and tumble dried without any problem, this is a lightweight and delicate fabric, so take more care of the cloth/garment, so hand wash or use a short / delicate cycle and place inside a mesh washing bag. Wash colours separately. The finished garment will last longer and look better if it is shaken out when wet, and placed on a hanger to dry. Tumble drying will shorten the life of the garment, and potentially damage the jacquard effect. Do Not Tumble Dry. To prevent fading, wash inside out and dry in the shade. Cotton needs a warm to hot iron. Conduct a spot test. Cotton is dry cleanable.