We’re always thrilled to welcome another refined Italian wool into our collections and this dark plum wool suiting fabric is no exception. A rich, deep shade of plum, this is a wonderful fabric with a very close, unusual weave pattern that gives near-total opacity to a wool that falls very firmly in the ‘lightweight’ bracket.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our dark plum wool suiting fabric is a 100% wool fabric, woven into a distinctive drill-like weave pattern on the outside with a smooth plain-weave on the inside. There’s absolutely no other relation to drill; this is a very refined fabric which looks beautiful with warm neutrals such as camel and taupe as well as crisp whites and ivories. It springs into life with burnt oranges, rich ochres and powder blues as well as silver greys.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a fabric with a beautifully-smooth, slightly lively handle. It will be very cool and comfortable next to the skin as trousers.
How does this fabric move?
Our dark plum wool suiting fabric has a delightful rippling movement and elegant drape as you can see from 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?
This dark plum wool suiting fabric has excellent opacity for its weight, sufficient for wider-legged or semi-fitted trousers to remain unlined. However if you’re contemplating more structured trousers, a skirt or a jacket, then we’d suggest a lining (or a half-lining in the case of trousers) will help with structure, fit and movement.
What can I make with this fabric?
We think it would be just fabulous as cross-season trousers – either wide, flowing ones or more tailored and cropped designs. It would also make a classic pencil skirt or a semi fitted or wide-skirted dress.
Relaxed blazers are very much on trend at the moment and of course we know Kwik Sew pattern 3715 very well as the basis for our Soft-tailored Blazer kit. We think our dark plum wool suiting fabric would be perfect for a version of this design.
Steam gently before cutting, holding a steam iron 1 inch away from the wrong side of the fabric, 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