We love a quality wool suiting fabric here at ClothSpot but were pleasantly surprised to be taken in by this crisply-draping russet brown stretch suiting fabric. It has the look and feel of a lighter-weight wool suiting – yet in fact it’s a blend of easy-to-care-for non-wool yarns. The colour is a rich shade of red-brown, somewhat warmer than a chestnut brown. It works wonderfully with autumnal shades of green, burgundy and rust.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our russet brown stretch suiting fabric is a blend of viscose and polyester, with just a little stretch. Closely woven with excellent opacity, we’d describe it either as a lighter-weight suiting fabric or sitting towards the heavier end of a medium-weight dress fabric.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a fabric with a very smooth, slightly crisp handle. It’s comfortable next to the skin and since the weave is so close, doesn’t have an obvious texture.
How does this fabric move?
This is a draping fabric however it’s not completely without body and has a little lively structure to it as well. It’s very pliable and easy to work. Our russet brown stretch suiting fabric has just a little stretch across its width and length – enough to provide a small amount of ease in a fitted garment. You can see how it moves and stretches in this video.
Will I need to line this fabric?
This russet brown stretch suiting fabric has excellent opacity for its weight. You won’t need to line a dress or tunic made from this fabric for purposes of modesty, however a dress may require a bodice lining for structure depending on your pattern design. Jackets and skirts will most likely require lining for structure and shape as well as movement across the body, especially over hosiery.
What can I make with this fabric?
Dresses and separates including skirts, trousers and jackets too, are all options for this russet brown stretch suiting fabric. We’re eager to try out Deer & Doe’s ‘Narcisse’ Pants and we think the formality and drape of our russet brown stretch suiting fabric would be a perfect candidate.
67% polyester, 29% viscose, 5% elastane
Machine wash at 30 to 40 degrees. Find out more on our About our fabric pages.