We’ve been on the hunt for a good-quality denim and this dark blue stretch denim fabric is exactly what we were hoping to find. It’s a classic jeans weight, coming in at about 14oz. Jeans are usually made from a mid-weight denim of around 12oz to 16 oz so this dark blue stretch denim fabric is bang in the middle of that bracket. It’s a very dark blue – but very definitely a blue denim. Like the fabric itself, the colour will obviously soften with wear, so although it’s always going to be a darker denim, the blueness will become more apparent over time.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our dark blue stretch denim has a classic denim weave; closely-woven with just a little texture. Obviously it has excellent opacity. It has just a little stretch across its width; enough for some ease when wearing, but not so much as to lose shape.
What does this fabric feel like?
Although this a robust fabric, it’s not at all rough to the touch and will be comfortable next to the skin, especially once it softens with wear. It’s a very pliable fabric which will be easy to work with, although we recommend you use a ‘Denim’ or ‘Jeans’ needle to ensure that your machine can cope with the layers of fabric, particularly if making jeans.
How does this fabric move?
Despite its pliability, this is obviously not a draping fabric. It has excellent structure, holding a shape and falling into cornered folds as you can see from this video.
Will I need to line this fabric?
A pair of trousers or casual jacket in this fabric won’t need lining. Also this is a fabric with excellent opacity so won’t require a lining for purposes of modesty. However a dress, skirt or more formal jacket could be lined in order to add design interest; also to enable ease of movement when being worn or when you’re taking it on and off.
What can I make with this fabric?
Our classic dark blue stretch denim fabric is perfect for casual skirts and jean-style jackets but most particularly for trousers and of course, jeans. A popular jeans design is Closet Case’s ‘Ginger’ jeans pattern which is designed for stretch denim and comes in various combinations of leg width and waist height. Closet Case have produced a fabulous Sew-along for this pattern too – making it a great place to start if you’re new to jeans sewing!
98% cotton, 2% elastane
Machine wash at 30 or 40 degrees either separately or with other dark fabrics. Find out more on our About our fabric pages