2009 Weave of the week #8: Classic worsted plaid

Classic worsted

Classic worsted plaid

This week’s weave was brought back from Paris sometime in the 1970s by a fabric designer I worked for. She bought the one-meter minimum sample, cut her swatch off the end, and gave the rest to me.

It is a classic plaid design similar to many that are manufactured today, but high-quality worsted cloth like this is becoming increasingly rare. What is most remarkable about it  is the hand. If you could touch it you would feel a smooth, compact, drapey fabric, suitable (apologies for the pun) for men’s or women’s tailored clothing.

Worsted-spun yarn is smoother than woolen-spun yarn because it starts with longer-staple wool that is combed to make the fibers lie parallel to each other. In this case, fine worsted wool singles yarn was densely set and woven in a 2×2 twill weave, so that the finished cloth is approximately 56 epi x 48 ppi. Worsted fabrics get a hard-press finish that gives them their characteristic clear surface.

Here is a contemporary take on a classic plaid.


2 Responses

  1. Cool outfit, especially the green pants! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  2. Interesting about the worsted-spun versus woolen-spun yarn. I didn’t know that – and it made me do a tiny bit of research.

    Also, loved the link to how similar fabric is used today!


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