Fabric Fustration

Fabric Fustration

I’m not going to admit to how long I spent researching fabrics yesterday. Needless to say, I know a great deal more about wool now than I did before, and I’ll leave it at that.

Apparently, it’s unanimous that if you want a warm winter coat, there is no other option than wool, cashmere being preferred. I would like a tightly woven, brushed fabric that doesn’t pill easily, doesn’t have a texture and is easy to sew. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but I think what I’m looking for is “wool melton”.

There are quite a few common wool colors and patterns, from eggshell to black, green plaid to red checkerboard. These are classic varieties. We’ve all seen them in stores, worn well by stylish celebrities and always make fantastic classy looking winter coats. Considering the retro design I’ve picked out, I really couldn’t go wrong with any color choice, honestly. I just…can’t…stay classy. I always start out that way then totally end up falling in love with stuff like this.

I’m also dreaming about getting large custom steampunk buttons made, too. But we’ll see.

Though, because wool is made naturally, from animal products no less, it’s expensive. The cheapest I’ve found online is $15 a yard. The one I’ve linked to is $25. The coat requires at least 7 yards. This is a problem. No way in hell am I spending that type of cash on a project unless I can guarantee the results. So, I think the boyfriend said it best, “it’ll be motivation to get more projects under your belt”.

So, I think that’s my next step – to continue down the SewMG road I’ve set for myself. There’s still a lot to sew out there and my wintercoat is the Land of Oz at the end of my yellow brick road. While this project has been officially backburner’d until I get some more experience, it’s kind of nice to have the pattern waiting for me, for whenever I get around to it.

~Allie

4 Responses

  1. Awesome pattern! Wool tends to be your best bet for a coat. Brian just got me a new winter coat that’s a blend of alpaca wool & polyester. I love it! Only down side is that the fabric is a bit itchy on my neck. My suggestion: find a scrap of wool fabric (order a sample or get 1/4 yd, anything like that), & rub it against your skin. If you have no problems w/ how it feels, tuck it into the back of your shirt’s neckline for half an hour or more. Still no problems? Rock & roll. If you don’t like how it feels, use a different fabric to line the collar & lapels of the coat, or to line the entire coat. Would also be a nice contrast, too. You’ll still get the look & benefits of the wool, plus a fun contrast (ie a dark green wool w/ black fake fur lapels & collar), & no neck itching! :)

    And if you get antsy to make the coat pattern before you feel ready to play with wook, buy some cheap-o fleece. White, off-white, Disney Princess, whatever strikes your fancy. :) Make the coat out of that. It’s cheap, so you wont feel bad if you goof somewhere, & you’ll get to practice with that pattern & work out any bugs w/ it before working with more expensive fabrics.

    • The fleece is a great idea. I was wondering about that, because I’d read an article on this woman who makes gorgeous coats out of it. I think it’ll be the best for a test run of the pattern…gotta make sure it fits perfectly ya know?

      I’m sure I’ll have a small folder of wool samples by the time I’m done with this project. I’ll just throw ‘em on the bed and roll around in them. That’ll help me choose. :D

  2. I love that visual. Now I want a pile of fabric swatches to roll around in! ;)

    And some day when we’re actually in the same city again, I’d be happy to take you fabric hunting & point out what’s good for what, & how to fake it with other stuff, too! ^_~