This laid back blue banded cotton chambray fabric is an enigmatic cloth. It has the weight of a fine lawn, but with more softness and a little more substance than you’d expect from a cotton lawn. The give-away is the fact that those stripes and bands are woven into an undyed warp and weft yarns, giving this lovely summer fabric a much more relaxed and informal feel. We think it’s just right for chilled-out overshirts and lingerie for the summer months.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our blue banded cotton chambray fabric is a very lightweight chambray in 100% cotton. There’s a base of undyed yarns, into which the coloured threads are woven – this also gives this plain-woven fabric a slightly more textured feel than it might otherwise have. The stripes and bands run widthwise, with an 18cm repeat.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a fabric which is extremely soft and gentle to the touch; it feels like a very natural cloth and is very stable.
How does this fabric move?
Our blue banded cotton chambray fabric definitely has some life to it. It falls and wafts gently in a breeze but also holds a little shape due to the weave structure. 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?
This is a semi-sheer fabric which will definitely reveal a silhouette with the sun behind it. Contrasting undergarments will also be visible. You could choose to work around this by using a voluminous pattern design; alternatively we suggest you use a layered approach. Camisoles, summer layering and a relaxed approach to undergarments are all in character with the warmer weather that will suit this fabric.
What can I make with this fabric?
Overshirts, summer maxi dresses, tunics and tops are all options for this purple, pink and blue banded cotton chambray fabric. Pleated or gathered skirts to billow in a breeze would also be fabulous fun for the summer months. There are lots of relaxed shirt patterns that this fabric would work for – the ‘London’ Shirt from The Sewing Workshop is new to us and we like the look of those side seams as a way of adding some alternative directionality.
Machine wash separately at 30º or 40º
Machine wash at 30º or 40º.
See our Fabric care pages for more information.