If your wardrobe leans towards understated, classic items, then a good-quality grey gaberdine fabric will always be something you’ll appreciate. This classic fabric is much-maligned by memories of school uniforms; we think it’s the perfect foundation for classy neutrals and punchy brights alike.
What kind of fabric is this?
We’d describe our grey gaberdine fabric as a medium-to-lighter-weight suiting fabric. Draping and with a twill weave, heavier gaberdines are usually of wool; this viscose mix version is a softer, lighter-weight version, with the appearance of a medium-weight twill. The shade of grey here is a neutral mid-grey and not leaning to green or blue tones.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our draping grey gaberdine fabric has a soft, gentle handle. It will be comfortable and forgiving worn next to the skin as trousers or a dress.
How does this fabric move?
With a softly-rounded, lively movement as you can see from this video, this grey gaberdine fabric falls gracefully and moves with a swing.
Will I need to line this fabric?
Our grey gaberdine fabric has very good opacity for its weight as well as good structure. Trousers or a tunic would not require lining however a more fitted garment such as a dress bodice might require a lining to add structure and shape. A skirt too would require lining in order to enable it to move over hosiery.
What can I make with this fabric?
This graceful yet practical grey gaberdine fabric is probably best suited to relaxed-yet-formal separates rather than structured suits. Dresses, skirts, trousers and tunics are all options. This is a fabric that will cope with some fitting as well as gathers and pleats although it’s not one to hold a shape.
If you’re heading down the trouser route, then we’d suggest more relaxed styles are probably more the forte of this grey gaberdine fabric. There’s a little bit of mechanical ease across the bias of this twill-woven fabric as you’d expect – however there’s no horizontal stretch so your pattern will need to accommodate a little ease.
On the trouser front, we’re looking at the ‘McKenzie’ Woven Pant from Style Arc.
65% polyester, 35% viscose
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.