Summer wardrobes tend to be more relaxed affairs, whether you’re heading into the office, working from home or just out and about. This self-striped navy blue viscose mix fabric offers plenty of options for building a warmer-weather outfit. The shade of navy blue here is a muted one; it has depth but isn’t a harsh blue; the tone is as soft as the fabric itself. The woven stripes are equally laid-back – they add interest without dominating the fabric.
What kind of fabric is this?
This self-striped navy blue viscose mix fabric is a 50% viscose with 26% linen, 15% cotton to add structure and a 9% polyester for durability.The weave pattern is a primarily a plain one with woven stripes running down the length of the fabric, both singly and in groups. We’d describe it as a medium-weight dress fabric or a lightweight, relaxed suiting.
There’s no ease this fabric so you’ll need to factor that into your garment choice and sizing. You’ll also need to pre-wash your fabric to ensure that any initial shrinkage is removed prior to cutting. We usually anticipate up to 5% shrinkage.
What does this fabric feel like?
We were struck by the softness of this lovely fabric. It slides across the skin with comfort and ease, making it the perfect option for summer wear. The composition means that it’s breathable too. As is usual with linen fabrics, it will soften up further with washing and wear but given its weave structure and weight, it will retain some structure too.
How does this fabric move?
This is a fabric which holds a little shape, falling into gently-round folds. It moves with lively elegance which you can see 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?
Whether or not you decide to line this fabric depends on what you’re making. The right and wrong sides are nearly indistinguishable, meaning that unlined relaxed jackets. An A-lined skirt could also be unlined if you were planning to wear it over bare legs, otherwise we suggest you’d need a half-slip to enable this fabric to move against your body. A more fitted dress or jacket however, would need a lining to help provide the structure and to aid taking it on and off. Trousers need not be lined – there’s no risk of a VPL with this fabric, although a half-lining might help a little with structure, depending on your trouser style
What can I make with this fabric?
All of us at ClothSpot had a vision of what we’d make with this fabric – it’s a bit of a summer classic. In the end we decided that a pair of wide or straight-legged trousers with a drawstring waist would be the perfect way to make use of its drape, movement and softness. The ‘101 Trouser’ from Merchant & Mills would be a fabulous option – with essential pockets of course!
50% viscose, 26% linen, 15% cotton, 9% polyester
Machine wash separately at 30 to 40 degrees.
Machine wash at 30 to 40 degrees. We recommend spot- or dry-cleaning if you line your garment. Find out more on our About our fabric pages.