This cobalt blue and grey checked wool fabric is a UK-manufactured cloth with real class. Commissioned for a high-end British retailer, we love the rebellious, vibrant windowpane check that will ensure any garment stands out from the crowd – but with class and enduring style. We’d describe this as a solid medium-weight wool – perfect for suitings and coats. As a coating it’s not a thick mouflon or heavy melton – but it’s certainly substantial enough for all but the coldest of winter days . We think the pliability of this fabric and the lack of bulk, means that top-stitched details and clever cutting are going to be easier than with those thicker fabrics.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our blue and grey checked wool fabric is a 100% wool cloth. It’s woven in a plain weave, with a light nap on both sides. It’s difficult to tell one side from the other, so you’ll need to pick one and make sure you mark your cut pieces carefully. For check-matching purposes, those window panes measure 5.25cm x 8.25cm.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a fabric with a classic slightly-textured wool tweed handle, with a little crispness. If you were using it as trousers, (bearing in mind that they’d be very warm), you’d want to add a half-lining to ensure a comfortable wear. It’s smooth and gentle enough to be worn against the neck as a coat collar.
How does this fabric move?
Our blue and grey checked wool fabric falls in softly-angled folds. It’s clearly not a fluid fabric but falls extremely elegantly from pleats and can hold a little shape too. You can see how it moves and drapes 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’ll probably want to line this fabric in order to provide additional structure as well as to enable it to move across the body and over clothing layers. Coats and jackets will definitely want to be lined, both for structure as well as added warmth, given the likely uses of this type of fabric.
What can I make with this fabric?
We think this distinguished blue and grey checked wool fabric will prove to be a more versatile cloth than one might imagine. Jackets, winter skirts (longer A-line cuts or pencil skirts alike) or even a winter pinafore would all be options. Fitted and more formal coats would work well, as would more utilitarian designs such as pea coats. The ‘Bamboo’ Coat by Waffle Patterns remains a firm favourite of ours and this fabric would be perfect for those classic, restrained lines.
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