Welcome to a very special fabric which we thought we’d better get on the site before we sold any more of it from sample swatches sent to customers. This midnight and powder blue linen mix fabric is a fabulous summer suiting fabric – not something we see a lot of but perfect for bringing a little structure to your warmer-weather wardrobe.
What kind of fabric is this?
This blue herringbone linen mix fabric is in fact a 50-50 blend of linen and polyester. It’s closely woven with a weft (width-wise) yarn of powder blue and a warp of midnight blue. We’d describe it as a medium-weight dress fabric or a light-to-medium weight suiting.
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 your linen to ensure that any initial shrinkage is removed prior to cutting. We usually anticipate up to 5% shrinkage.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a comparatively structured fabric as new, and feels silky smooth to the touch. The high linen content means that it’s breathable, and will be beautifully comfortable to wear next to the skin. As is usual with linen fabrics, it will soften up with washing and wear but given its weave structure and weight, it will retain some structure too.
How does this fabric move?
This is a fabric which holds some shape, but which also falls and moves with restrained elegance. You can see how it moves in this video; bear in mind though that our sample here has not been washed and so will appear to have more structure than it will after being laundered and worn.
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?
Whether or not you decide to line this fabric depends on what you’re making. The right and wrong sides are nearly indistinguishable, meaning that unlined casual jackets or trench-style coats are definitely an option. An A-lined skirt could also be unlined if you were planning to wear it over bare legs, otherwise we suggest you’d need a half-slip to enable this fabric to move against your body. A more fitted dress or jacket however, would need a lining to help provide the structure and to aid taking it on and off.
What can I make with this fabric?
We love this blue herringbone linen mix fabric – it’s got real class and as a summer suit or cross-season coat it would endure as a classic. Tailored trousers (perhaps with a tidy pleat and cropped at the ankle?) would also be winners. If a dress is what you’re after then the ‘Cielo’ Dress from Close Case Patterns would make the most of the relaxed structure of this fabric.
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.
NOTE: We’d recommend your pre-wash shouldn’t be with differently-coloured fabrics as there’ll be a little dye loss, although not so much that you’d notice the difference in the linen.