We’re always up for a good-quality basic fabric, but this chocolate praline stretch cotton drill fabric exceeds our expectations. First up – the colour. Although very definitely a brown, this shade is beautifully-muted; stopping well short of a taupe but without any hint of harshness. It has beautiful depth, complemented perfectly by the deliciously-soft feel and the near-opacity of this closely-woven fabric.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is a cotton drill fabric with just a little elastane; enough to give a smidgeon of fitting and movement ease across the width of the fabric but nothing more. It’s a good medium-weight cotton drill, with a weave structure similar to most denims; smooth on the outside and a little more weave pattern showing on the reverse.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a sturdy fabric but very pliable and with a smooth, soft touch. Despite its structure it will be beautifully-comfortable next to the skin as trousers or a skirt.
How does this fabric move?
Our praline cotton drill fabric is a robust cloth which holds a shape. It doesn’t drape but falls into soft folds. You can see how it moves and stretches in 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.
Do I need to line this fabric?
Trousers or a utility skirt; even a casual coat or jacket won’t require lining, although visible seams will need to be finished well. However for more structured jackets or formal garments, a lining will add structure and will help with movement across the body as well as taking them on and off easily. Its opacity and structure mean that modesty is not an issue, either on the bottom or top half of the body.
What can I make with this fabric?
Trousers, skirts, jackets and trench-style coats are all options. Pinafore dresses and simple tunics will also work well. Casual jean-style jackets, fitted jean-style trousers are also possibilities, as are utility or workwear style garments such as the ‘Ottoline’ Jacket from Merchant & Mills.
97% cotton, 3% elastane
Machine wash separately at 30 or 40 degrees, if possible on a reduced spin speed.
Machine wash at 30 or 40 degrees unless lined, in which case spot- or dry-clean. Find out more on our About our fabric pages.