Chambray fabrics come in many shades and weights – and our dark denim blue cotton chambray fabric is the kind that looks and feels like an old friend in your wardrobe. Dress it up a bit in the summer with white jeans or just rock it as a tunic or shirt dress over bare legs with sandals and a belt.
What kind of fabric is this?
A chambray is (usually) a cotton fabric where the weft thread (the one running between the selvedges) is a plain lighter colour (usually white), while the colour in the fabric is due to the warp threads. The colour variation in the weave adds depth and interest – it also means that the overall impression of the fabric is more subtle and relaxed. Chambray fabrics are usually very stable, easy to work with and soft to handle – and that’s certainly the case with our dark denim blue cotton chambray shirting fabric.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our dark denim blue cotton chambray fabric is a medium-weight chambray fabric – somewhere between a dress and a shirt fabric. It’s closely-woven and feels very smooth to the touch. It will be cool and comfortable next to the skin.
How does this fabric move?
This is a stable, very pliable fabric with a gentle crisp structure that means it will hold a little shape. You can see how it moves in this video.
Will I need to line this fabric?
The colour, weight and close weave of this fabric mean that it has excellent opacity for its weight. Shirts, tops, skirts or dresses won’t demand a lining, although if you’re planning a fitted bodice or skirt, a lining will be necessary to provide the additional strength and structure.
What can I make with this fabric?
The depth of colour of this dark denim blue cotton chambray fabric means it’s a versatile cloth. Shirts, tops and tunics are all great choices; shirt-dresses too. More fitted dresses are options too. It will even work as shorts and trousers, although these will need to be less fitted as this isn’t as heavy or hard-wearing as a denim or drill fabric. You can see Alice in her ‘Dunedin’ dungarees using the pattern from The Sewing Revival; the ‘Lennie Overshirt’ from Style Arc patterns is also a perfect example of the kind of look that we think our chambray would be perfect for.
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.