When it comes to purchasing fabric online the most asked question is how to determine what fabric for what application? My answer for a winter coat is always wool. Because wool comes in so many variations and it tends to last I am wool’s biggest fan. Because I purchase 99% of my fabric online and I’m way too impatient to order samples, reading the fabric description and content is crucial. I know if I want to make a more structured coat, I need to have a medium to heavy weight wool. If you’re not familiar with online fabric shopping that may sound completely foreign and overwhelming so I’ll describe the process I took in selecting this fabric at moodfabrics.com for this oversized coat to make it a bit easier.
I knew I wanted to make a structured coat and I wanted it to be gray, so I hover over fashion fabric from the moodfabrics.com home page, from there I click on wool and view all. Under the color drop down, I select gray and because I knew I wanted a fabric without any pattern, under the pattern drop down I selected solid. This takes the selection from 31 pages down to a manageable 3. From here I scan the fabric to see which shade I’m interested in and begin to eliminate the ones that are not medium to heavy weight which will be noted in the fabric description along with any other helpful info that will help you make a decision. The great thing about moodfabrics.com is the image provided gives a true depiction of the fabric and feel without actually being able to feel it so make sure you view all the images provided. The images for this gray Rag & Bone fabric I selected allowed me to see the true texture and structure of this fabric.
This process gives me the ability to pin point exactly what I’m looking for and guarantees I will be satisfied with the selection when it arrives.
This coat was made using Vogue V8862 view C with the following alterations:
-Removed 1.5″ from the top of the collar and cut the collar on a curve which will round out the square edges of the collar
-Removed the seam from the top of pattern piece #9 and bottom of pattern piece #1
-Added 3″ to length
-Used 2 layers of interfacing in the collar which will create a very structured oversized collar
-Added side seam pockets
-Fully lined the coat with a grey bemberg I had in my stash.
Note: I used 3 yards of fabric for this coat
This wool is fantastic, it cuts, sews and irons nicely and is very warm.
Chandler’s coat was made using this wool/cashmere coating