Our Cortland Sample Fabrics
Today I’ll be walking you through the fabrics that we used for our Cortland Trench samples. It’s one thing for me to just recommend a list of fabrics, but another to see how they sew up! For that reason we used different fabrics for each of our garments.
First up is this blue Cortland which we made from a hemp and organic cotton canvas from Blackbird Fabrics. They don’t currently stock this same fabric, but here are some similar fabrics we found that should have a similar drape.
The top fabric is from The Fabric Store NZ and is a linen/cotton blend canvas. So very similar to what we used for the pictured sample. They have a few great colors in this too!
The bottom fabric is also from The Fabric Store, it's their heavyweight 100% linen. I've used this fabric before and love the drape and weight as well as the color selection.
Our next sample is actually my own Cortland that we threw on Mia at the last minute while shooting. This one was made from a 100% cotton from JoAnn Fabrics. They're still selling the fabric, so if it's up your alley, you can purchase that here. It has a light twill texture but it's not something I would exactly call a true twill – it's much less crisp.
Another fabric that would give a similar drape to this would be Robert Kaufman Brussels Washer. This is a linen/rayon blend with great drape and hand, which you can see in the image above. It's also available in a series of yarn dyed colors which create a bit of interest!
The next two samples are both made from Tencel/lyocell, but in different weights. This first sample on Mia is made from a 6oz Tencel twill. It has a slightly brushed surface and drapes beautiful while holding a bit of the swing shape of the trench.
The sample we made for Tiffany is a lighter weight lyocell twill, 4.5oz and you can see how it really drapes over her, giving a real softness to the shape of the trench.
For our final Cortland sample we used a true cotton twill, Ventana Twill from Robert Kaufman. This is a beautiful, crisp 100% cotton twill that comes in a huge range of colors. You can see how it really retains the swing shape of the trench.
We purchased our Ventana Twill at Fancy Tiger Crafts and it comes in a great range of colors. The twill weave is really apparent in the swatch above, and this was a popular choice among our pattern testers.
So those are the fabrics we used for our Cortland Trenches! I hope that helps you when shopping for your fabrics. I know it can take a while to build up the skills to know how a fabric will generally drape before you purchase so this should help you while shopping. If you have any other questions just let us know in the comments below!