Although we’re implying that this charcoal stretch suiting fabric might be best used as matching jackets, skirts and trousers, we think it’s far more versatile than that. A light-to-medium-weight so-called suiting fabric, we think it would also be perfect as softly-fitting or flowing trousers, a suit, a tunic or an elegantly form-fitting (yet forgiving) dress. Having worked with this fabric on a number of makes, we’d suggest that it works particularly well on less structured garments which can take advantage of its ability to move and drape well. You’ll see it shortly in our recent tunic make, where we used it for the sleeves and collar or our winter wool tunic. We think it toned beautifully with our ‘Saltmarsh’ gold and grey wool twill fabric. We found it easy to work with; stable and pressing well.
As ever, we’ve tried hard to represent accurately the precise shade of grey of this charcoal stretch suiting fabric. It’s a moderately cool grey but not leaning noticeably towards a blue; we think it’s a classic darker grey with some subtle variations in the yarn which can just be perceived upon close inspection. However, we’d remind you that different screens will display subtly different shades – so please do ask us for a free sample of this fabric if you’re in any doubt.
This is another addition to our growing range of these stretch suiting fabrics, comprising yarns of viscose, polyester and spandex. If that looks like a familiar composition then you’re right – it’s the same as most decent quality ponte Roma jersey fabrics. However as with its sibling colourways, this charcoal stretch suiting fabric is a woven and not a knitted fabric. We can tell you that the spandex is in the weft of the fabric, helping with fit across the width of the fabric. There’s not a vast amount of stretch and it returns to its usual shape with good ‘spring back’. You can see its drape and stretch capacity in this video.
This charcoal suiting fabric has a robust but softly-draping, very flexible handle with good opacity for its weight. You could use it for a fitted or semi-fitted dress – for which it wouldn’t have to be lined, depending on the style. However for added structure and fit we think the bodice could easily be self-lined – and a satin lining of half-slip would enable movement of this fabric against the body.
We think our charcoal stretch suiting fabric is an excellent opportunity to extend your wardrobe with versatile garments which will earn their making and keep in a number of formal and casual contexts.
76% polyester, 21% viscose, 4% spandex
Machine wash at 30 degrees, however we recommend dry-cleaning lined garments. Find out more on our About our fabric pages