With the fabric types such as Bouclé and Tweeds you might think of thick, warm, wool-like fabrics for the winter. But there is more to it. The fabrics can also be very suitable for summer. Especially if there are a cotton mix and the colors have a summery look. We love it!
The difference between Bouclé and Tweedstoffen
Bouclé (and Tweeds) are woven fabrics of many different threads. Bouclé is often more colorful and often has a glitter element. There is then a gold, silver or lurex thread woven into the fabric. This gives the fabric the typical 'Chanel style'.
Tweeds are more sober in color and often have a herringbone pattern as a base. However, this is not necessary, tweeds can also have a checkered pattern or straight stripes. The colours are often brownish and have the typical 'English style look' or country look.
Bouclé and Tweedstoffen: a closer look
The similarity between these fabric types is: both are woven fabrics and the base is often wool. However, this is not necessary. Bouclé fabrics can also be a cotton mix. Tweeds are rarely based on cotton. Bouclé and Tweeds with a little amount of cotton are called: cotton-wool mix or simply woven cotton fabrics.
The fabrics with a cotton-mix are very suitable for summer. Because of the weaving process, the fabrics are vlight, airy and breathe well. As a result, they give a 'cool' feeling in the summer and are wonderful to wear, for example over a t-shirt but also on bare skin.
Tips & tricks
If you are going to make clothes of summer Bouclé, we advise you to wash the fabric in advance. Do this very carefully and with handwarm water. The fabric might shrink and you don't want to have a pan patch left.
As soon as you start wearing the fabric, it is advisable not to wash it too often, or rather to take it to the dry cleaners. This doesn't sound pleasant, but it's not so bad. Because the fabric is so airy, the possible sweat smell will not linger.
Hanging out the garment well, in the fresh air, already works fine. You can also pull the trick that many women do with Chanel jackets: sprinkle the jacket with pure perfume. the alchohol will remove the smell of sweat and the nice smell of perfume remains. DO NOT hang the clothes in the direct sun, but outside somewhere in the shadow.
Chanel-Style jacket - summer Bouclé
Great sewing patterns for summer Chanel style jackets are:
How to make a summer outfit of cotton - Bouclé
If you want to buy a summer cotton mix, pay close attention to whether it fits the sewing pattern. Is the garment unlined or do you have to make a lining in it? Do you need a matching lining or are you going to unlined the jacket, dress or trousers? Is the fabric very loose or can you, for example, get started without reinforcement? How are you going to do with the buttons or the zipper?
Take a critical look at the fabric because not every Bouclé, or Tweed fabric, is suitable for making a garment without lining. Also make sure that the fabric is nice and airy and the summer colors match your wardrobe. With most colors you can combine nicely and Bouclé always fits jeans or white pants.
Bouclé and Tweed fabrics are mostly used for winter clothes. But Bouclé en Tweeds are suitable for the summer as well. Especially the Bouclé fabrics are mixed with cotton aror are based on 100% cotton. The fabric is nice and airy, breathes well and often looks very summery.
Chanel-style jackets can be worn in winter and summer.