We’re great believers in the versatility of finely-woven wool fabrics and their ability to cross seasons. Line them and tailor them for cooler weather; wear them alone as flowing trousers or layering slackers across seasons. This finely-woven black stretch wool suiting fabric is an arrival from a high-end UK women’s designer and we defy you not to find a niche for it in your wardrobe.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is a plain-woven wool fabric with just a tiny bit of elastane to provide ease of fitting and a little extra ‘swing’ to your garments. The elastane content is apparent from the behaviour of the fabric as well as the slight horizontal stretch of about 5%. As wools go, it’s a light-to-medium-weight suiting; we’d also describe it as a medium-weight dress fabric. It’s a good, solid shade of black.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our black stretch wool suiting fabric has an extremely smooth, refined feel to it. It’s not at all rough and feels very comfortable next to the skin.
How does this fabric move?
This is a fluid, draping fabric with a beautiful sense of movement. You can see how it moves and stretches 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 won’t need to line trousers made from this black stretch wool fabric although you could introduce a half-lining for additional warmth and seam-smoothing. Likewise a jacket or coat could be constructed without a lining providing you finished the seams with binding. However a more fitted jacket would benefit from a lining to help with structure. A skirt or dress may also need lining in order to help with movement across the body, especially over hosiery.
What can I make with this fabric?
This is the perfect fabric for cross-season tailoring – or simply if you prefer jackets, trousers and skirts that have a more relaxed, less structured feel. This is the kind of fabric that will elevate a simple pattern to a new level – and if you do have the skills to introduce tailored elements then your garments will have a real touch of class. The styling and size range of the ‘Peaches’ Trousers from Fibre Mood make them a winner in our book – and this draping wool would make a classic pair.
Wool is a natural fibre, which uses much less water and fewer chemicals to process than many other fabrics. It is long-lasting and can be repaired, all of which make it a more sustainable choice.
OEKO-TEX standard? ❎
98% wool, 2% spandex
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