Chambray is a plain-weave cotton in a versatile mid-shirting-weight, generally with quite nice drape, excellent for shirts, skirts, dresses and more. It has a characteristic weave of coloured yarn in the warp and white in the weft, creating a softly mottled effect. It's similar to the look of denim but without denim's twill weave, which creates a diagonal line.
Here's 'Phoebe' with a classic blue chambray in our shop sample Adelaide Sundress.
'Byrne' with its darker tones is set off nicely by this bright yellow/green. (Okay, technically probably a crossweave or shot cotton but it lives on the chambray shelf!)
And below is Bourton and Otter again, demonstrating the visual pleasure of the sewing process with Liberty and chambray! Because enjoying the process is often just as important as the outcome, isn't it?
- Jane & Fiona xx