Chambray fabrics come in many shades and weights – and our dark blue brushed cotton chambray fabric is the kind of fabric that’ll manage to give you a hug at the same time as helping you look and feel ‘together’. On the one hand it would make a delightful ‘favourite shirt but the soft drape of this fabric would work equally well as a relaxed dress in a design with plenty of movement and gentle volume.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is a 100% cotton fabric. Chambray fabrics are usually very stable, easy to work with and soft to handle – and that’s certainly the case with our dark blue brushed cotton chambray fabric. A chambray is (usually) a cotton fabric where the weft thread (the one running between the selvedges) is a plain lighter colour (usually white), while the colour in the fabric is due to the warp threads. The colour variation in the weave adds depth and interest – it also means that the overall impression of the fabric is more subtle and relaxed.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our dark blue brushed cotton chambray fabric is a medium-weight chambray fabric – somewhere between a dress and a shirt fabric. It’s closely-woven and feels very gentle to the touch, in part due to the very slightly brushed finish of the outer surface. It will be soft and very comfortable next to the skin.
How does this fabric move?
This is a stable, very pliable fabric which falls into soft folds with just a little structure. You can see how it moves 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?
The colour, weight and close weave of this fabric mean that it has excellent opacity for its weight. Shirts, tops, skirts or dresses won’t demand a lining, although if you’re planning a fitted bodice or skirt, a lining will be necessary to provide the additional strength and structure.
What can I make with this fabric?
The depth of colour of this dark blue brushed cotton chambray fabric means it’s a versatile cloth. Shirts, tops and tunics are all great choices; shirt-dresses and more voluminous, draping designs too. It will even work as shorts and trousers, although these will need to be relaxed and draping in style, since this isn’t as heavy or hard-wearing as a denim or drill fabric. Any relaxed overshirt or even more tailored shirt design will work wonderfully with this fabric, but if a dress is your inclination then we think it will work wonderfully in a design such as the Ellis and Hattie Dress from Merchant and Mills.
As a plant-based fibre, cotton is a natural product that can be grown easily. Cotton garments tend to be strong and durable and can be recycled. However current production levels of cotton will be increasingly difficult to sustain, especially when chemicals and large amounts of water are used to process cotton fabrics.
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Machine wash separately at 30º or 40º
Machine wash at 30º or 40º. See our Fabric care pages for more information.