We’re great advocates of the potential for lighter-weight wool fabrics at all times of the year. If you’ve ever worn a pair of flowing lightweight wool trousers then you’ll know just how cool and comfortable they can be. This red wool suiting fabric is a UK-manufactured cloth which has come to us via a high-end designer source and we adore its vintage shading and fabulous drape.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our vintage red wool suiting fabric is a 100% wool fabric with a close, fine weave using twisted wool yarns. We’d describe it either as a lightweight suiting or a medium-weight dress fabric. It’s tremendously versatile and would work as layers in the winter or as stylish summer tailoring.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a fabric with a beautifully-smooth, slightly crisp handle. It will be very cool and comfortable next to the skin as trousers.
How does this fabric move?
Our red wool suiting fabric has a delightfully-lively and rippling movement 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?
The construction of this lovely wool is a fine, flat weave. As a result this red wool suiting fabric has good opacity for its weight, sufficient for wider-legged or semi-fitted trousers to remain unlined. However if you’re contemplating more structured garments such as a fitted skirt or a jacket, then we’d suggest a lining 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 even a tailored dress. Relaxed blazers are very much on trend at the moment and we’ve been getting super feedback from customers using Kwik Sew pattern 3715. We think our vintage red wool suiting fabric would be perfect for a lightweight, summer version of this design.
We recommend dry-cleaning this fabric to preserve its fit, finish and texture, particularly for lined garments. See our Fabric care pages for more information.