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Custom Crepe Material

Crepe is one of the most popular fabrics for garment and dressmaking. It is versatile, beautiful, easy to work with and is available in a wide variety of styles, weights and fibres. Here, you can learn more about this beloved fabric, including how it is made and what it can be used for.

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Crepe de Chine

Versatile, elegant, fashionable. Lightweight at 85gsm. Delicate texture, taut. Perfect for scarves, wedding dresses, camisoles.

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Scuba Crepe

Heavyweight. 290gsm. Solid fabric, excellent stretch and recovery. 4-way stretch. Crepe face, smooth back. Body-hugging clothing.

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Crepe Stretch

Soft and stretchy. Medium weight. 190gsm. Very soft back. Comfortable to wear. Solid. Perfect for clothing and dressmaking.

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Fashion Crepe

Soft, matt, opaque, stretchy and very soft. Crepe handle on both front and back. Ideal for clothing and dressmaking.

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Butterfly Smooth Crepe

100% poly, light crepe fabric. Perfect for floaty garments

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Silk Crepe de Chine

Pamper your skin with 100% silk crepe de chine, printed in your designs.

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What is crepe material?

The word crepe comes from the French crêper which means “to crinkle.” It is a fabric that has a distinct crinkled surface, that can feel rough and grainy, or slightly softer, depending on the construction. Crepe material can be both woven and knitted, although it is the woven versions that are springy and can also fray quite easily. This is a fabric that can be made from any fibre or yarn; both manmade and natural. They can also be made from a blend of fibres. Many crepes take their names from the yarn from which they are made from, “silk crepe”, “cotton crepe,” and so on.

Some of the most popular crepes include:

  • Crepe de ChineFine, soft, lightweight, dry and crisp handle with a beautiful drape
  • Crepe JerseyTightly knitted, medium weight, solid, breathable, lovely drape, crepe face
  • Scuba CrepeHeavyweight, knitted, solid. Similar to think neoprene with crepe face
  • Crepe Chiffon – Soft, flimsy, sheer. Lightweight like chiffon with the distinct crepe texture
  • French CrepeVery soft, flat, lightweight. Inexpensive crepe option made from twisted yarns
  • Crepe GeorgetteFine, lightweight, woven crepe with a crisp, grainy and dull surface texture

How is it manufactured?

Crepe is a twisted weave fabric. The almost pebble like handle does not wrinkle or crease easily, which is one of its main benefits. When being manufactured, it is usually made with highly twisted yarns in the weft and sometimes in the warp – or even both. It is usually made with a plain weave and the surface can be either smooth or quite rough. Crepe material can be manufactured from all major fibres, both natural and synthetic, making it a universally versatile, affordable, and popular fabric option.

Purposes of crepe material

Crepe is a wonderful fabric that is used to make a wide range of clothing. Crepe is rich in texture and style and is fairly easy to work with. This makes it a popular choice with designers and dressmakers for making fashion garments. Consumers love crepe because it is so easy to care for, and because it is such an affordable textile. It varies in weight and opacity, which helps make it an all-round versatile fabric.

Crepe is well suited for any item of clothing that requires a flowing and draped aesthetic. Garments such as blouses, skirts, and dresses all work beautifully with crepe.


Crepes shrink significantly as they relax during finishing. This is something that should be taking into account when planning the fabric dimensions that you need. Some other common properties of crepe include:
  • Crisp handle
  • Crimped appearance
  • Textured face
  • Tightly woven
  • Twisted fibres
  • Dry handle
  • Mainly lightweight
  • Solid structure
  • Lots of variations
  • Flexible
  • Beautiful drape
  • Soft
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Absorbent
  • Easy to work with

Advantages of crepe material

Because crepe can be made from any fibre, a main advantage of this popular fabric is that it is versatile and can range greatly in price. Wool and polyester crepes are common and overall very affordable. There are also crepes made from natural and more expensive yarns, such as silk, which gives them a luxurious edge.

This is a low maintenance and easy to care for fabric (depending on the fibre it is made from. Synthetics are always easier to care for over natural fibres such as silk). It wraps well and does not wrinkle easily and therefore requires very little care to keep it looking good. It is a lightweight material that has excellent draping qualities, making it a constant popular choice for tops, dresses, and trousers.