We’ve been revelling in the first arrivals of our autumnal wools – and this draping soft purple wool suiting fabric is a particularly delicious example. It’s a lighterweight suiting with a particularly luscious combination of colours in a complex weave.
A melange of rich and dark rust-coloured yarns run down the length of this lovely fabric – interwoven with a deep saxe blue yarn with some black threads run across the weft. The combination of these rust reds and blue is to give the impression of a soft purple fabric when seen at a distance – yet in fact there’s no actual purple colour here. We love that deception!
What kind of fabric is this?
We’d describe our soft purple wool suiting fabric as a lighter-weight suiting or a medium-weight dress fabric. It’s a blend of 80% wool with 20% polyester and the weave is very slightly patterned to produce a barely-discernible pattern of squares.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a fabric with an beautifully soft handle. It’ll be comforting and gentle next to the skin as a jacket collar or as a dress. It’s also very pliable and well-behaved – not at all stiff to wear.
How does this fabric move?
Our soft purple wool suiting fabric has a gentle drape. It’s not a fluid fabric but it has an elegant and rounded movement; a metre or two drapes beautifully although pleats would hold a little shape. You can see how it moves and drapes in this video.
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. We think that our Dark purple viscose lining fabric looks lovely with it – as would a contrasting lining.
What can I make with this fabric?
We think this soft purple wool suiting fabric will prove to be a versatile fabric. Jackets, winter skirts (longer A-line cuts or pencil skirts alike) or even a winter pinafore would all be options. Wide-legged trousers are very fashionable currently – and we’re eyeing up these ‘Narcisse’ Pants from Deer & Doe patterns.
80% wool, 20% polyester
We recommend spot- and dry-cleaning wool garments, particularly if they’re lined. Find out more on our About our fabric pages