This soft-handled grey-blue wool mix coating fabric is definitely what we’d call a ‘cusp’ colour. Put it with something grey and it’ll appear a definite powder blue. Put it with a truer blue though – and it will bring a soft slate out of the tone. It has a classic vintage look to its colour – but it’s also bang up-to-date with lots of this season’s collections which have a more muted character to them.
We’d say that our soft grey-blue wool mix coating fabric lay somewhere between a medium-weight and a heavy-weight coating fabric – and we’ve called it a coating fabric because that’s most definitely what it is. That doesn’t mean you couldn’t fashion a stylishly snappy short skirt out of it – or a warm jacket. However we’re not sure you’d want this kind of weight as a trouser fabric – its forte is definitely outerwear. Although it’s a robust, opaque fabric, it’s also pliable and soft to handle. The outer surface is ‘napped’ or lightly brushed to add still more softness to the touch and to help trap air for warmth. On the reverse you can see the classic twill weave.
We wouldn’t describe this grey-blue wool mix coating fabric as a draping cloth – far from it – however as you can see from this video, it’s not a stiff fabric either since it yields gently to a little persuasion and has a stately swing to it too.
On the pattern front we’d suggest a classic three-quarter length coat such as this season’s new ‘Yates’ coat from Grainline Studios would provide an opportunity to combine practicality with style.
Our ‘Winter sky’ silver grey jacquard lining fabric would tone very nicely as a lining, we suggest.
We recommend spot- and dry-cleaning wool garments, particularly if they’re lined. Find out more on our About our fabric pages