If you haven’t yet discovered the sheer joy of lighter-weight wool fabrics then let us persuade you with the latest of our finds – this fabulously-draping dark wine wool twill fabric.
Imported from Italy for use by a leading British designer, this dark wine wool twill fabric is a tremendously versatile fabric which we’re delighted to find space for. We’d describe it as either a good medium-weight dress fabric or a lighter-weight suiting. It has a delightfully smooth, draping handle and moves with elegance as you can see from this video.
We think our dark wine wool twill fabric is the perfect cloth for cross-season separates, fluid jackets and elegant dresses. It’s a fabric you can play with; cut it on the cross, introduce some asymmetry, a pleat or a fold. For all its ability to move it also holds a shape well. We’re convinced that this is the kind of fabric that will elevate a simple pattern to a new level – and if you do have the skills to introduce tailored elements then your garments will have a real touch of class.
This is the kind of wool that would work equally well with more structured designs as with more fluid garments. If you do choose a more tailored approach then your finished garment will be a less formal, more languid affair than you might achieve with a lightweight melton, for instance. We’ve been experimenting with simple wool dress patterns as you can see in our recent blog. The pattern we used turned out not to be quite what we hoped – but the the petrol-blue colourway of our dark wine wool twill fabric came through with flying colours. A breeze to work with, it withstood several unpickings and felt delightful to wear.
We think it’s a fair bet that a relaxed blazer in this dark wine wool twill fabric will never really be out of style – you’ll be wearing it in years to come. As far as trousers and skirts are concerned, this is a fabric that will suit more fitted designs as much as it will those with more movement. We suggest you might have a look at this ‘Ola’ Tunic pattern by Tessuti which is next on our list…
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.