This dark khaki stretch cotton drill fabric is the kind of cloth that isn’t built to steal the show but my goodness – you’ll find that anything you make from it is set to become a firm friend. The shade of khaki here isn’t an obvious green, but it’s definitely more mossy than simply a straightforward brown. Wear it as part of a classic dark neutral palette, or use it as a background to set off more vibrant shades of green as well as golds, mustards and popping pinks and teals.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is a good medium-weight cotton drill fabric that manages to be both durable and refined. It has a series of self-woven stripes in a variety of herringbone and plain-woven weave patterns that don’t catch the eye but will elevate the fabric and give garments a subtle sense of direction. Although there’s some elastane in the composition, it’s only 3% – enough to give a little ease – nothing more.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our muted khaki stretch cotton drill fabric is a finely-woven fabric with a very slightly textured, yet refined feel. Despite its structure it isn’t a bulky fabric, but is pliable and will be easy to work with. We think it will be perfectly comfortable next to the skin as trousers or a fitted dress.
How does this fabric move?
This is very definitely not a draping fabric in the usual sense. It holds a shape well and has an elegant structure, 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.
Do I need to line this fabric?
This is an opaque 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..
What can I make with this fabric?
Trousers, skirts, jackets and simple summer coats are all options. Pinafore dresses will also work well. Our khaki stretch cotton drill fabric has just a little ease as noted – cut a pair of trousers down the length of the fabric as you usually would, and your cigarette pants, clamdiggers, capri crops – or whatever your legwear of choice happens to be – will give just a little bit although you’ll want to build in some ease too.
A trouser design like the ‘Audrey’ Pant from Style Arc would work well – this is a fabric that would carry the ankle-cropped length well, and would hold a gently-angular shape in those front pleats.
97% cotton, 3% elastane
Machine wash at 40 degrees but we recommend dry-cleaning lined garments. Find out more on our About our fabric pages.