Here’s our latest classic – a UK-manufactured navy blue wool tweed with all the depth that its name suggests. Although at first glance it’s a beautifully-judged shade of navy blue, there are also shades of midnight and hints of lighter blues in this beautiful fabric. It’s a medium-weight tweed – perfect for winter suits and coats too. We’d say that the weight of this navy blue wool tweed means that a coat isn’t likely to be one to take you through the coldest of January days. However the pliability of this fabric and the lack of bulk, means that top-stitched details and clever cutting are going to be easier than with a heavier melton or mouflon.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our navy blue wool tweed fabric is a 100% wool cloth. It’s woven in a twill weave, although the classic diagonal lines are obscured somewhat by a light nap on what we’d regard as the ‘right’ side of the fabric. The weave is a little more relaxed than in some tweeds, meaning that the opacity is slightly reduced although that’s only evident when held up to a strong light.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a fabric with a classic slightly-textured wool tweed handle, with a little crispness. If you were using it as trousers, (bearing in mind that they’d be very warm), you’d want to add a half-lining to ensure a comfortable wear.
How does this fabric move?
Our navy blue 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 little shape too. You can see how it moves and drapes 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.
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.
What can I make with this fabric?
We think this distinguished navy blue 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. Culottes remain at the fore this season – and a sharply-pleated pair would be very on-point. If you’re in the market for a classic jacket however, the ‘Jasika’ Blazer pattern from Closet Case may be the one for you.
Steam gently before cutting, holding a steam iron 1 inch away from the fabric and 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