Chambray fabrics come in many shades and weights. We thought this sky blue cotton chambray fabric was the perfect choice for a summer shirt or dress in a season when the skies will hopefully reflect its fresh blue colour with just the occasional dot of white floating across.
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 sky blue cotton chambray fabric. Here, the white weft thread has been used to create tiny groups of white dots, lifting the fabric and adding interest.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our dotted sky blue cotton chambray fabric is a lighter-weight chambray fabric – somewhere between a dress and a shirt fabric and comparable to a good-quality cotton lawn 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 sky 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 and intended for summer wear, as this is is a lighter-weight fabric.
The ‘Lennie Overshirt’ from Style Arc patterns is a perfect example of the kind of look for which we think our chambray would work particularly well.
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.