We never cease to be amazed at the quality of the wool suiting that we receive from Italy. They can be far more suited to warmer weather and cross-season dressing than you might anticipate – and that’s because of the composition rather than in spite of it. We also love the colour of this muted blue wool twill suiting fabric – it’s a slightly ‘knocked back’ or vintage shade of blue. It sits somewhere between a navy blue and a saxe blue in that it’s not as deep as a navy blue nor quite as green or grey as a true saxe blue.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our lightweight muted blue wool twill suiting fabric is a 100% wool fabric. 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?
Our muted blue wool twill suiting fabric has a gentle and very smooth handle, with a lovely finish. We think it will be perfectly comfortable next to the skin as a dress or trousers.
How does this fabric move?
Twill fabrics usually drape well and our blue 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 tunic or unfitted dress 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. A jacket would require a lining for ease of taking off and on, although both sides of this fabric are similar and an unlined casual jacket would be an option if the seams were well-finished.
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 contrast with blacks or greys in the winter. 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.
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.