We never cease to be amazed at the quality of the wool suiting that we receive from Italy. They can be far more suited to warmer weather and cross-season dressing than you might anticipate – and that’s because of the composition rather than in spite of it. The rich purple of this deep plum wool twill suiting fabric is a particular temptation. It has some warmth in it as it leans slightly towards the brown edge of the purple spectrum – but still with all the edge and sumptuous flamboyance that you’d look for in a deep purple.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our deepest plum wool twill suiting fabric is a 100% wool fabric. The characteristic diagonal weave of a twill is very much in evidence; fine and close. We’d describe it as a lightweight and fluid suiting – or a medium-weight dress fabric.
What does this fabric feel like?
This plum wool twill suiting fabric has a gentle and very smooth handle, with a lovely finish. We think it will be perfectly comfortable next to the skin as a dress or trousers.
How does this fabric move?
Twill fabrics usually drape well and our dark plum wool twill suiting fabric is no exception. You can see how it falls into soft folds in this video.
NOTE: Our videos are intended to show the movement of a fabric. For accurate colour and pattern detail, please refer to our still images.
Will I need to line this fabric?
You won’t need to line a tunic or unfitted dress as this is a fabric with excellent opacity for its weight. However a skirt or dress may need a lining or a half-slip to enable movement against the body, especially over hosiery. You might also need to line it for strength if you were making a more structured garment such as a fitted bodice for a dress. A jacket would require a lining for ease of taking off and on, although both sides of this fabric are similar and an unlined casual jacket would be an option if the seams were well-finished.
What can I make with this fabric?
This is a fabulous fabric for crossing seasons with. Team it with crisp white and ivory for summer freshness – or earthy autumnal colours; vibrant ochres or chartreuse greens later in the year. This is a fabric with which to have some colour fun. Fluid tailoring, dresses and separates are all options, particularly designs that will utilise the movement inherent in this fabric. The ‘Natasha’ Pant from Style Arc would be an option – it comes in three different lengths and has a wider leg that will move nicely in this twill.
We recommend spot- or dry-cleaning this fabric to preserve its fit, finish and texture, particularly for lined garments. See our Fabric care pages for more information.