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.