White suiting fabrics such as this fresh white gaberdine fabric is not the kind of cloth that comes naturally to us in the UK. We rarely have the weather that enables us to feel 100% comfortable striding out in white. However in our experience, once that personal taboo is broken it’s a ridiculously easy colour to wear, lifting the spirits and your wardrobe at one stroke.
What kind of fabric is this?
We’d describe our white gaberdine fabric as a medium-to-lighter-weight suiting fabric. Draping and with a twill weave, heavier gaberdines are usually of wool; this viscose mix version is a softer, lighter-weight version, with the appearance of a medium-weight twill. The shade of white here is crisp and fresh – certainly not an ivory, much less a cream but stopping short too of a blue-white.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our draping white gaberdine fabric has a soft, gentle handle. It will be comfortable and forgiving worn next to the skin as trousers or a dress.
How does this fabric move?
With a softly-rounded, lively movement as you can see from this video, this white gaberdine fabric falls gracefully and moves with a swing.
Will I need to line this fabric?
Aha – the million-dollar question for a white fabric. Otherwise put as “will everyone be able to see my knickers?” Our answer: “Not if you make sure they match your skin tone”. Our white gaberdine fabric has very good opacity for its weight as well as good structure. Trousers or a tunic would not require lining; we’ve done the knicker test and found that contrasting underwear will show a shadow whereas skin-toned undergarments won’t. In other considerations, a more fitted garment such as a dress bodice however might require a lining to add structure and shape. A skirt too would require lining in order to enable it to move over hosiery.
What can I make with this fabric?
This graceful yet practical white gaberdine fabric is probably best suited to relaxed-yet-formal separates rather than structured suits. Dresses, skirts, trousers and tunics are all options. This is a fabric that will cope with some fitting as well as gathers and pleats although it’s not one to hold a shape.
If you’re heading down the trouser route, then we’d suggest more relaxed, flowing styles are probably more the forte of this white gaberdine fabric. There’s a little bit of mechanical ease across the bias of this twill-woven fabric as you’d expect – however there’s no horizontal stretch so your pattern will need to accommodate a little ease.
On the trouser front, we’re looking at the ‘McKenzie’ Woven Pant from Style Arc.
65% polyester, 35% viscose
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.