We’re great believers in the versatility of finely-woven wool fabrics and their ability to cross seasons. Line them and layer them for cooler weather; wear them alone as flowing trousers or jackets on warmer days. We think this slightly marled charcoal stretch wool mix fabric is a bit of a steal. It’s a soft and comfortable lighter-weight wool with just a little stretch – perfect for easy-to-wear separates that will make you feel as if you’re serious about getting things done, even if you’re based at home.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is a plain-woven 60% wool fabric with added polyester and just a tiny bit of elastane to provide ease of fitting and a little extra ‘swing’ to your garments. As wools go, it’s definitely a lighter-weight suiting, however it does have a little substance so we’d also describe it as a medium-weight dress fabric. It has been woven from very fine twisted yarns comprising colours ranging from black to charcoal grey, with tiny flecks of lighter grey, giving it a textured, slightly relaxed appearance.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our charcoal stretch wool mix fabric has an extremely smooth, refined feel to it. It’s not at all rough and feels very comfortable next to the skin.
How does this fabric move?
This is a fluid, draping fabric with a beautiful sense of movement. You can see how it moves and stretches in this video.
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?
You won’t need to line trousers made from this charcoal stretch wool mix fabric. Likewise a jacket or coat could be constructed without a lining providing you finished the seams with binding. However a more fitted jacket would benefit from a lining to help with structure. A skirt or dress may also need lining in order to help with movement across the body, especially over hosiery.
What can I make with this fabric?
This is the perfect fabric for cross-season tailoring – or simply if you prefer jackets, trousers and skirts that have a more relaxed, less structured feel. Although this is very definitely a lighter-weight suiting fabric it has very good opacity for its weight and will be stable and straight-forward to work with. It’s the kind of fabric that will elevate a simple pattern to a new level – and if you do have the skills to introduce tailored elements then your garments will have a real touch of class. We love this wide-legged trouser pattern – Burda 6436. It embodies the spirit of Katherine Hepburn and this fabric would be perfect.
60% wool, 36% polyester, 4% elastane
Steam gently before cutting, holding a steam iron 1 inch away from the fabric and working down the length. Use a steam iron and a pressing cloth to press areas of the garment during construction where necessary.
We recommend spot- and dry-cleaning wool-rich garments, particularly if they’re lined. Find out more on our About our fabric pages