If ever there were a fabric that said ‘autumn’ then it’s this lovely bronze wool mix donegal tweed fabric. With subtle flecks of ochre and brown, it’s the fabric equivalent of walking through the woods and having a good kick through the leaves. It’s perfect for all those classic A/W wardrobe staples; jackets, skirts to team with long boots; even a coat are all possibilities.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our autumnal bronze wool mix donegal tweed fabric has 50% wool yarns, with additional synthetic fibres topped off with 10% silk. Donegal tweed fabrics are woven in a plain weave pattern with yarns of two colours. The lengthwise warp thread in this tweed is black, while the widthwise weft is a soft bronze-brown. We’d describe it as leaning towards the lighter-weight end of a medium-weight coat fabric or a solid medium-weight suiting fabric.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a fabric with a crisp but surprisingly smooth handle. It’s the silk content that gives it a much softer handle than a tweed of this nature might usually have. Although it holds a shape quite well, it’s very pliable and well-behaved to work with.
How does this fabric move?
Our bronze wool mix donegal tweed fabric falls in softly-angled folds. It’s clearly not a fluid fabric but falls elegantly from pleats and tucks. 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 orderto enable it to move across the body and over clothing layers. Coats and jackets will definitely want to be lined, both for structure as well as added warmth, given the likely uses of a fabric like this wool tweed. If you’re making (a very warm!) pair of trousers then you’d want to add a half-lining for comfort around the hips and upper legs.
What can I make with this fabric?
We think this lovely bronze wool mix donegal 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 vintage styles including fitted, tailored jackets. If you’re up for a little tailoring, then the ‘Jasika’ Blazer from Closet Core patterns is a fabulous place to start, with its detailed online sew-along.
50% wool, 25% acrylic, 15% polyester, 10% silk.
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