We have justifiably fallen in love with the Italian wool suitings we’ve received over the last few years. However this classic navy blue worsted suiting fabric is an English cloth that has at least as much claim to our hearts. It’s an exceptional lighter-weight wool fabric with the most exquisite finish and smooth handle in a shade of navy blue that’s most definitely a blue – but a dark, rich sober shade at that.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is a 100% wool fabric, produced in England. Worsted typically refers to a very high-quality wool yarn that’s long and fine, resulting in finely-woven cloths. Our navy blue worsted suiting fabric is a woven in a fine twill pattern with very good opacity for its weight.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our navy blue worsted suiting fabric is a very refined handle; it’s almost silky-smooth to the touch. It’ll be supremely comfortable next to the skin as a pair of trousers or a jacket collar.
How does this fabric move?
Twill fabrics usually drape well and our navy blue worsted suiting fabric is no exception. You can see how it ripples and falls into soft folds 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 a tunic or unfitted dress as this is a fabric with excellent opacity for its weight. However a skirt or dress may need a lining or a half-slip to enable movement against the body, especially over hosiery. You might also need to line it for strength if you were making a more structured garment such as a fitted bodice for a dress. A jacket would require a lining for ease of taking off and on; we’d also add a half-lining to a pair of trousers to help with a smooth line and fall.
What can I make with this fabric?
This is a fabulous fabric for crossing seasons with. Team it with crisp white and ivory for summer freshness – or contrast with rich ochres, rusts or chartreuse greens in the winter months. Fluid tailoring, dresses and separates are all options, particularly designs that will utilise the movement inherent in this fabric. We rather like the look of the fitted, darted finishing in the ‘Acacia’ Jumpsuit and Trousers from Orageuse Patterns. The semi-wide leg will make the most of the drape in this navy blue worsted suiting fabric and the wool is fine enough to use for the jumpsuit option too.
We recommend spot- or dry-cleaning this fabric to preserve its fit, finish and texture, particularly for lined garments. See our Fabric care pages for more information.