This, we think, is The One. Or at least one of them. There’s something about the life, the handle and texture of a pure linen fabric that sets our hearts alight. This navy blue Irish Linen fabric is a complete delight and it’s the fabric we envisage wearing whilst sitting nonchalantly (and with a superior air) outside a French café. An excellent coffee to hand, with a critical eye on a magazine and the passers-by. This is a fabric that will fend off any overspill of ‘attitude’, whether from teenagers or waiters.
Our navy blue Irish linen fabric sits in the ‘medium-weight’ category – albeit with a little lean towards the lighter-weight end of that spectrum. This is a fabric with a lovely finish and a smooth, refined handle and a bouncy, rounded drape. Although it has a characteristic linen-weave texture it’s not overly slubby and is a fabric with definite refinement. With decent opacity for its weight, once you have a metre or two in your hand it swings and moves with elegance and life as you can see from this video.
We think our navy blue Irish linen fabric is a particularly versatile number. A semi-fitted dress or tunic would be perfect for its weight and capacity for movement; a blouse or top would have substance. We think we’d stop just short of recommending it for trousers or a jacket as we don’t think it has quite the substance you’d want for that – although it’s a close thing.
For a blouse or a tunic our navy Irish linen fabric won’t need a lining; for a dress or skirt we think you might want to consider either a lining or a slip. However we were inspired by this very simple shirt dress from Whistles…
We like the idea of ‘relaxed formality’ that our navy blue Irish linen fabric might bring to this pattern. It has the benefit of a less fitted design – and as far as a lining was concerned, we’d be inclined to brave it with dark underwear and let the summer be summer. A shaft of bright sunlight is going to reveal a silhouette but we think we’ll be so pleased to see the sun, we might well be past caring. So there. Now – back to that coffee…
100% Irish linen
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.