If you’re planning to put a bit of colour and pattern into your outerwear this season, then may we politely introduce you to our black and rust wool mix coating fabric? Hailing from Italy, this is truly delightful cloth – softly structured, not too heavy in volume but with warmth. Its sheer class and individuality are worthy of a painstaking make – even a heritage item for your wardrobe.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our black and rust wool mix coating fabric is a blend of wool, mohair, alpaca, polyester and acrylic. The main part of the fabric is woven from yarns of black, rust-rose and ivory. These are interwoven with a lengthy nap (around 0.5cm) of soft black and rust yarns. We’d describe it as a lighter-weight coating fabric in terms of actual weight but as a medium-weight coating as far as substance and bulk are concerned. The woven pattern repeat isn’t obviously geometric due to its design but it repeats every 23cm.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a fabric with an exquisitely soft handle. It’ll be comforting and gentle next to the skin as a coat collar. It’s also very pliable and well-behaved – not at all stiff to wear. The nap runs down the length fo the fabric, meaning that care will be required to cut pattern pieces in one direction with the nap pointing down.
How does this fabric move?
Our black and rust wool mix coating fabric has a beautiful drape. It’s clearly not a fluid fabric but falls elegantly from pleats and can hold a soft 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 ‘Fonteyn’ luxurious pink satin fabric looks stunning with it – you can see them together in the images above.
What can I make with this fabric?
We think this black and rust wool mix coating 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. We wouldn’t recommend trousers however, since although this isn’t a ridiculously heavy fabric, it has too much substance to be comfortable in that role. A coat, though, would be the big-ticket item and we’re big fabs of the ‘Oslo’ Coat from Tessuti patterns – we think that shawl collar would be near-irresistible.
26% wool, 20% polyester, 8% alpaca, 38 % acrylic, 8% mohair.
We recommend spot- and dry-cleaning wool garments, particularly if they’re lined. Find out more on our About our fabric pages