Just added to the store is a fabric that is beautiful, soft, luxurious and with a wonderful drape. Cupro, in classic black or navy is perfect when you want to add a little bit of luxe to your wardrobe and sewing repertoire. Cupro is derived from the humble cotton plant, but the resulting fabric is more akin to sand washed silk than cotton. What I love about this fibre is not only is the end product stunning, but the process to get there has a wonderful story as well....
After the cotton lint (the white fluffy fibre that surrounds each cotton seed) is removed for processing into cotton yarn, left behind is the cotton seed surrounded by very fine short fibres called cotton linter. This linter would normally be discarded, however with modern processing technologies, these fibres are now being used to make a fibre that is arguably more than the sum of it's parts. Cupro has the feel and handle of silk, and is breathable helping regulate body temperature.
image credit: Asahi Kasei
If you haven't sewn or worn cupro yet - I really encourage you to do so. I am in the middle of stitching up a Kochi Kimono from the Papercut Patterns stable and I can't wait to finish it - I am anticipating an elegant extra layer for evenings out. This is my first time sewing with cupro - and here are a few things I discovered:
If you are looking for a little other inspiration on how to use this fabulous fibre - take a look at the Pinterest Board I've put together.
She has a thing for stacks of beautiful fabrics, delights in holding something made to last, and respects good craftsmanship. These are the driving forces behind the Miss Maude shop. And here are her musings.