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 sapphire blue wool suiting fabric has arrived from Italy via a high-end UK-based designer; not only is it a beautiful-quality fabric but its vibrant, electric blue has totally grabbed our attention.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our sapphire blue wool suiting fabric is a 100% wool fabric, woven from three colours of yarn. The width-wise weft thread is a combination of bright cerulean blue and black yarns, while the lengthwise warp threads are black and a clear royal blue. The combination of the two means that this fabric appears as a blue fabric but catches the light beautifully. It looks beautiful with crisp whites and solid blacks, vibrant jewel-colours, silver greys and burnt ochres. We’d describe it as a lighter-weight suiting fabric.
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 sapphire blue 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 sapphire blue wool suiting fabric has very good 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 even a tailored 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 sapphire blue 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