We’ve been thrilled to discover a trove of fabulous wool fabrics from Italy this season. Most are blended but all, like this one, have high wool contents and display a quality of weave and colour that we don’t think will fail to delight. Our softly-heathered brown donegal tweed fabric is indeed brown at first glance. It’s composed of warp and weft of different colours as you’d expect of a donegal tweed – they’re a muted mid-brown and black respectively. However the brown yarn is twisted with flecks of dark red, ochre and camel – then the whole fabric is overlaid with a very soft nap. All this gives the impression of a fabric with real depth – and little jewels of colour that will be picked out by other colours in your outfit.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our delightful brown donegal tweed fabric 70% wool, 30% polyester. Donegal tweed fabrics are woven in a plain weave pattern and this one is finished in a way that helps it lean towards the qualities of a melton – but not quite. We’d describe it as leaning towards the lighter-weight end of a medium-weight coat fabric. The ‘right’ side of this fabric has a very slight brushed nap to it – unlike the ‘wrong’ side where the weave pattern is somewhat more discernible.
What does this fabric feel like?
This is a fabric with an beautifully soft handle. It’ll be comforting and gentle next to the skin as a coat collar. It’s also very pliable and well-behaved – not at all stiff to wear.
How does this fabric move?
Our brown donegal tweed fabric falls in soft rolling folds. It’s clearly not a fluid fabric but falls elegantly from pleats and can hold a little shape too. You can see how it moves and drapes in this video.
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 beautiful brown donegal 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 and duffles. The ‘Bamboo’ Coat from Waffle Patterns is a classic that will stand the test of time – just like this classic fabric.
70% wool, 30% polyester
We recommend spot- and dry-cleaning wool garments, particularly if they’re lined. Find out more on our About our fabric pages