What is Chambray?

Chambray is a plain weave fabric that features a coloured yarn (generally blue) in the warp of the fabric and a white yarn in the weft.  Because of this, Chambrays have a soft ‘faded’ colouring.  They can be made from cotton, silk, or manufactured fibres, but most commonly cotton.   These are smooth, strong, closely woven, soft fabrics that are great for everyday clothing.  They are easy to sew, and launder well.  Chambrays are lovely for dressmaking, especially for sewing dresses, blouses, skirts, shirts, tunics and children’s clothes.

Chambray tunic, made by Dorte

Chambray tunic, made by Dorte

How do I wash these fabrics?

We recommend washing at 30˚ using non-bio liquid.  Wash the fabric before cutting and sewing, as it is likely to shrink a little. Iron using the appropriate setting for cotton on your iron. Hang to dry naturally or tumble dry on a low setting.