We’re pretty sure you won’t have seen a fabric quite like this exceptional flecked pale blue silk-linen mix fabric. This is a lighter-weight fabric but one with real presence. The blue is a soft, pale shade of blue, flecked with tiny pinpricks of darkest navy and lifted by silvery highlights. It’s arrived from Italy via a UK designer and oh, my – they certainly know how to pick their cloths.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our soft blue silk-linen mix fabric is 50% linen with the remainder of the composition a blend of silk and amazingly, wool. It has the distinctive slightly stubby weave of a linen, but the yarns used are very fine. The weft threads are predominantly silvery-white and pale blue; these account for the characteristic (but very fine) stubbiness of the texture. The lengthwise warp threads are a melange of pale sky blue and silver-blue. We’d almost (but not quite) describe this fabric as a semi-sheer.
Don’t forget that there’s no ease in linen fabrics so you’ll need to factor that into your garment choice and sizing. You’ll also need to pre-wash this fabric (by hand or on a ‘delicates’ cycle – we’ve done a test!) to ensure that any initial shrinkage is removed prior to cutting.
What does this fabric feel like?
This pale blue silk-linen mix fabric is a crisp fabric and smooth to the touch despite the evident texture in the weave. It’s breathable and will be beautifully comfortable next to your skin on a hot day. Although there’s a wool content, you’d never know from the feel of it; those yarns are very fine and help provide the structure of this unique fabric.
How does this fabric move?
If you’re looking for a bounce, a swing and a bit of life in your linen without any stiffness, then this is the fabric for you. It falls into beautifully-rounded folds and will hold a gentle shape with character. You can see how it moves 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?
As a blouse, top or tunic you’ll need to bear that brightly-contrasting underwear is likely to be visible in the wrong (or right!) light. As a dress or skirt, then unless the design is an intentionally voluminous one with lots of gathers and folds then we’d suggest a lining will be necessary to preserve modesty as well as to add structure.
What can I make with this fabric?
As suggested, our refined soft blue silk-linen mix fabric is perfect for shirts, blouses and tops. Simple A-line summer dresses as well as skirts and dresses to billow in the summer breeze will also be options, as will overskirts for layering. We’ve tried this 3/4 sleeved ‘Sacha’ Shirt from Style Arc and think it will be perfect for this exceptional cloth.
50% linen, 28% wool, 22% silk.
We recommend hand-washing this fabric or machine wash on a ‘delicates’ cycle using a gentle non-bio detergent. If you line your finished garment then you’ll need to dry-clean it as the outer fabric is likely to respond differently to washing than the lining.