Wool fabrics offer many qualities that are excellent for most tailoring customers. However, there are some disadvantages to wool, such as skin sensitivity. It also lacks the kind of sheen you can find in some other types of fibers such as silk. That’s where our wool blend fabrics come in. Wool blends combine the best qualities of wool with silk or linen, that may suit your particular needs better.
Wool, silk and linen blends
Wool, silk and linen blends combine the three different types of fibers in various ratios and have become increasingly popular. Suitable for suit separates or a full suit, they offer the best qualities of the three materials in one yarn. Linen has a very crisp texture that many people love, but also has a very unstructured feel. It also wrinkles easily.
When combined with wool, you enjoy the drape and handle of a wool fabric combined with the texture of linen. Adding silk to the mix adds a sheen and softness to the fabric that also weighs lighter than a pure wool fabric. Wool, silk and linen blend fabrics are usually plain weave fabrics, and often sport patterns or designs using contrasting coloured yarns.
In a lined suit or jacket, wool, silk and linen blend fabrics are frequently coupled with viscose lining material. A natural cellulose material, viscose is comfortable against the skin and easy to wear.
Wool and silk blends
Wool and silk blend fabrics offer the best of the qualities of both. Silk holds colour very well, creating vivid yarns that are combined with wool’s warm and structured qualities. This gives the material a great handle, but soft to the touch. The satiny, soft and vibrant qualities of silk are united with the handle of a wool fabric.
Wool and silk blend fabrics such as our Frost OP 2323 are therefore ideal for more glamorous and formal occasions such as weddings and formal events. With a stylish viscose lining fabric, that also matches the glossy beauty of a wool and silk blend fabric, that makes for a handsome outfit. But they can also be tailored for an unlined jacket or suit.
Wool and linen blends
Wool and linen blend fabrics are ideal for the breezier months of the year. Linen is a lightweight fabric that’s highly breathable. When blended with high-twist wool, it creates a fabric that has a crisp yet soft texture and is very comfortable against the skin. It retains the breathability of linen, with a better drape and handle, meaning the fabric is less likely to wrinkle.
Wool and linen blends like our upcoming Chiapas OP 2302 fabric in a plain or twill weave are great for semi-formal suiting or separates, either unlined or half-canvassed. The latter ensures the suit still retains a good form, but remains lightweight and retains breathability. This offers maximum comfort during warm summers when you’re wearing it.
Wool, cotton and linen blends
Cotton is one of the most common materials used in fashion, as well as tailoring. It has many useful qualities in suiting, which can be seen here. When combined with wool, it creates a fabric that’s even more resilient to weather, while giving it a bit more stretch than pure wool. It also adds the comfort of mercerized cotton to the blend, as well as its vivid colouring qualities.
A wool, cotton and linen blend such as our upcoming Athos OP 2401 fabric offers a richly coloured fabric that is breathable, stretchable, and easy to wear all year round. It’s great for casual, semi-formal or formal tailoring and is less likely to lint over time. If you’re a frequent traveller, this is a great fabric choice.
Wool and kid mohair blends
Wool and kid mohair blend fabrics combine two animal fibers and thus retain the strong structure and handle of a pure wool fabric. They also have a glossy sheen and a soft touch, thanks to the fineness of the kid mohair fibers. This is a rare fabric blend and one that tends to be heavier. This makes it ideal for very formal, well-structured suits.
To discover more of our wool and wool blend fabrics, check out our lookbooks. In particular, A Suited Approach offers our wool and kid mohair blend fabrics. More wool blend fabrics will be available for order soon. Try creating your own look using our Styling Tool with one of our wool blend fabrics, and realise it with our partner tailors.