We’re immersing ourselves in an autumnal woodland walk with this fabulous UK-produced black and rust wool herringbone tweed fabric. It’s a lighter-to-medium-weight tweed – perfect for winter suits and coats too. We’d say that the weight of this fabulous heathered rust tweed means that a coat isn’t likely to be one to take you through the coldest of January days but it does mean that trousers as well as skirts and jackets are options. The pliability of this fabric and the lack of bulk, means that top-stitched details and clever cutting are going to be easier than with a heavier melton or mouflon. As you’d expect with a tweed, the colour here is far from a flat rust. There’s a wealth of depth of colour in these yarns, with fibres ranging from warm golds, through maroon and chestnut.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our rust wool herringbone tweed fabric is a 100% wool cloth, produced in the UK. It’s woven in a classic herringbone weave, with soft black yarns providing the contrasting definition to the complex shades of gold and rust.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a fabric with a classic slightly-textured wool tweed handle, with a little crispness. There’s a beautifully-smooth finish to this tweed despite the texture; trousers could be given a half-lining but we’d be equally tempted not to worry.
How does this fabric move?
Our rust wool herringbone tweed fabric falls in softly-rounded folds. It moves with a bouncing spring and swings beautifully. You can see how it moves and drapes 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’ll probably want to line this fabric in order to provide additional structure as well as to enable it to move across the body and over clothing layers as well as added warmth, given the likely uses of a fabric of this nature. We’ve pictured our rust wool herringbone tweed fabric with our Glowing bronze stretch viscose lining fabric and our Coffee acetate jacquard lining fabric to illustrate two choices we particularly like.
What can I make with this fabric?
We think this uplifting rust wool herringbone tweed fabric will prove to be a more versatile cloth than one might imagine. Jackets, winter skirts (longer A-line cuts or pencil skirts alike) or even a winter pinafore would all be options. Fitted and more formal coats would work well, as would more utilitarian designs such as pea coats. Wide-legged trousers are very much to the fore this season – and a sharply-pleated pair would channel your inner Annie Hall. If you’re in the market for a classic jacket however, the ‘Jasika’ Blazer pattern from Closet Case may be the one for you.
Wool is a natural fibre, which uses much less water and fewer chemicals to process than many other fabrics. It is long-lasting and can be repaired, all of which make it a more sustainable choice. This wool is manufactured in the UK which means it has made less environmental impact than a fabric imported from overseas.
OEKO-TEX standard? ❎
Steam gently before cutting, holding a steam iron 1 inch away from the fabric and working down the length. Use a steam iron and a pressing cloth to press areas of the garment during construction where necessary.
We recommend spot- and dry-cleaning wool-rich garments, particularly if they’re lined. Find out more on our About our fabric pages