There are times when you come across a complete seasonal classic and it has to be had. This jewel-flecked chocolate herringbone suiting fabric was a must-have as far as we were concerned, even though we met it on a swelteringly-hot August afternoon.
This is a surprisingly complex fabric, with deep, dark bitter-chocolate brown weft threads and a mix of brown and stone warp (lengthwise) yarns. Then those flecks. Oh – we just love them. They smack of classic midcentury suits; a little bit flamboyant, a little bit restrained. The colours scattered across this chocolate herringbone suiting fabric are ochre, purple, burgundy and silver-grey – which we think is an open invitation to combine this fabric with another of any one (or all) of those colours. Alice is renowned for being a non-knitter but this chocolate herringbone suiting fabric has her tussling with her needles again in the corner of the ClothSpot workroom (we’ll leave her to it…)
Our classic chocolate herringbone fabric has the heft of a medium-weight suiting fabric – thoroughly well-behaved, pliable, stable and not at all bulky. It holds a shape well, yet it’s not a completely stiff fabric – it has some movement as you can see in this video.
We think the herringbone weave here helps that passage from casual to formal – fitted jackets, suits, wide-legged trousers; even a dress? On the pattern front we wonder if this might be the fabric to consider if you’re eyeing up a pair of cropped wide-legged trousers. We’re not fans of culottes (it’s a personal thing) but this is a fabric that would hold an elegant line in a pattern such as these Wide Leg Trousers from BurdaStyle.
56% polyester, 44% viscose
Wash at 30 degrees; we recommend spot- or dry cleaning if your garment is fitted or lined – see our Fabric care pages for more information.