Here’s a stunning English cloth with a twist we love. This mossy, lichen green checked wool tweed fabric is a riot of every colour you can imagine from a winter woodland walk, with leaves fallen from the trees and the winter sun falling on the undergrowth. In a classic herringbone weave, it also has an 8cm x 6cm windowpane check of denim blue running through it. We think that blue makes this the perfect jacket to wear over a pair of jeans; elevating a casual look and taking any perceived stuffiness out of this fabulous fabric.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our blue and green checked tweed fabric is a 100% wool cloth fabric. We’d describe it as a warm suiting fabric or as a medium-weight coat fabric. We think the weight stops just short of being suitable for trousers; if you did go down that route then you’d need to line them for comfort and they’d be very warm indeed.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a fabric with a classic slightly-textured wool tweed handle. Despite the weight, it’s very pliable and well-behaved – not at all stiff to work with or wear.
How does this fabric move?
Our blue and green checked tweed fabric falls in softly-angled folds. It’s clearly not a fluid fabric but falls extremely elegantly from pleats and can hold a little shape too. 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?
You’ll probably want to line this fabric in order to provide additional structure as well as to enable it to move across the body and over clothing layers. Coats and jackets will definitely want to be lined, both for structure as well as added warmth, given the likely uses of a fabric like this wool tweed. However the checked weave is equally well-defined on each side. We’d be hard pressed to distinguish one from the other so with suitably-finished seams you could use it as a double-sided fabric. On the other hand you’ll need to be careful to ensure you mark the side you’ve chosen as the right side once you’ve cut your pattern pieces.
What can I make with this fabric?
We think this distinguished blue and green tweed fabric will prove to be a more versatile cloth than one might imagine. Jackets, winter skirts (longer A-line cuts or pencil skirts alike) or even a winter pinafore would all be options. Fitted and more formal coats would work well, as would more utilitarian designs such as pea coats and duffles.
However tweed doesn’t have to mean tailoring – and if you want to bring some classic tweed to your winter wardrobe with maximum ease, then this (free!) ‘Etole Oslo’ wrap from Orageuse is just the thing (and perfect for presents too!).
100% wool; manufactured in the UK.
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