We never cease to be amazed at the quality of the wool suiting that we receive from Italy. Like this one, they can be so finely woven that you’ve a hard time recognising them as wool. This of course means that they’re far more suited to warmer weather than you might anticipate – and that’s because of the composition rather than in spite of it. The weave on this rust wool twill suiting fabric means that it has an even lovelier movement than usual and we think it’s perfect for summer separates, especially where a little more formality or structure might be required.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our lightweight rust wool twill suiting fabric has some viscose (also known as rayon) woven into the wool. The characteristic diagonal weave of a twill is very much in evidence; fine and close. We’d describe it as a lightweight and fluid suiting – or a medium-weight dress fabric.
What does this fabric feel like?
This rust wool twill suiting fabric has a gentle but also fairly crisp handle, perfectly comfortable next to the skin as trousers for instance. The viscose element helps with this softness.
How does this fabric move?
Twill fabrics usually drape well and our rust wool twill suiting fabric is no exception. You can see how it falls into soft folds 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 a shirt, top or tunic as this is a fabric with excellent opacity for its weight. However a skirt or dress may need a lining or a half-slip to enable movement against the body, especially over hosiery. You might also need to line it for strength if you were making a more structured garment such as a fitted bodice for a dress. Sunlight behind a skirt might reveal a soft silhouette.
What can I make with this fabric?
This is a fabulous fabric for crossing seasons with. Team it with crisp white and ivory for summer freshness – or earthy autumnal colours later in the year. Vibrant purples and chartreuse green would also work – this is a fabric with which to have some colour fun. Fluid tailoring, dresses and separates are all options, particularly designs that will utilise the movement inherent in this fabric. The ‘Natasha’ Pant from Style Arc would be an option – it comes in three different lengths and has a wider leg that will move nicely in this twill.
60% wool, 40% viscose
We recommend spot- or dry-cleaning this fabric to preserve its fit, finish and texture, particularly for lined garments. See our Fabric care pages for more information.