To say that we love a wool tweed here at ClothSpot is something of an understatement. Fabulous colours, superb structure, a dream to work with. Qualities which our British-woven shaded rust and ochre wool tweed fabric has in spades. The shading referred to in the title comes from the ombre-style lengthwise stripes in the fabric. As well as adding depth and interest they’ll emphasise the vertical lines of any garment you make.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our exceptional rust and ochre wool tweed fabric is a 100% wool, twill-woven fabric. We’d describe it as a warm, heavier-weight suiting fabric or as leaning towards the lighter-weight end of a medium-weight coat fabric.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a fabric with a classic slightly-textured wool tweed handle with a crispness to the way it feels. Despite its warmth, it’s also very pliable and well-behaved – not at all stiff to work with or wear.
How does this fabric move?
Our mauve and wine wool tweed fabric falls in softly-angled folds. It’s clearly not a fluid fabric but falls extremely elegantly from pleats and can hold a shape too. You can see how it moves and drapes in this video.
Will I need to line this fabric?
You’ll probably want to line this fabric in order to provide additional structure as well as to enable it to move across the body and over clothing layers. Coats and jackets will definitely want to be lined, both for structure as well as added warmth, given the likely uses of a fabric like this wool tweed. However the woven stripes are equally well-defined on each side. We’d be hard pressed to distinguish one from the other so you could use it as a double-sided fabric. On the other hand you’ll need to be careful to ensure you mark the side you’ve chosen as the right side once you’ve cut your pattern pieces.
What can I make with this fabric?
We think this distinctive and distinguished rust and ochre wool tweed fabric will prove to be a more versatile cloth than one might imagine. Jackets, winter skirts (longer A-line cuts or pencil skirts alike) or even a winter pinafore would all be options. Fitted and more formal coats would work well, as would more utilitarian designs such as pea coats and duffles.
We’ve chose our rust and ochre wool tweed fabric as one of the options for our Winter Wrap Skirt Kit which uses Simplicity Pattern 8699 as the basis for a stunning skirt, perfect over this season’s knee-length boots.
We recommend spot- and dry-cleaning wool garments, particularly if they’re lined. Find out more on our About our fabric pages