Choosing the Right Fabric: Jackets

Choosing the Right Fabric: Jackets

I was wondering whether to continue this blog.  Sometimes it seems that what I’m posting is pretty basic, but I do know we have lots of customers who want some help through the process of matching fabric to pattern.  So here goes with the Jackets chapter. Please feel free to comment and add to the discussion.

Jackets come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are tailored and boxy, others tailored with curves.  Others are casual with all kinds of seaming and top stitching.  Lots of jackets now are really cardigans with only slight structuring.  Whatever you decide your end use will be, choose a fabric that works with the detail that you choose for your garment.  Here are some examples from our current stock.

For a casual jacket

Cotton Denim Fabric
Bray Denim

Denim works well for jeans jackets and other casual styles that offer lots of seaming and detail. It is sturdy, but conforms to the demands of the designer without much of a fuss.

Wool Blend Novelty Fabric
Gwillym

A slightly loose woven wool blend, this fabrication is soft without being drapey.  It will work up into a boxy jacket with little detail as the fabric does most of the talking.

Wool check plaid fabric
Dunbar

The wool/silk blend is perfect for tailoring a jacket.  Like most of today’s fabrics, it is soft and wearable , but the fibers will “listen” to the tailor and conform to collar points, welt pockets and darts. 

Chenille fabric
Tribeca

Soft and drapey, this rayon chenille is perfect for a cardigan style that hangs from the shoulders.

Brocade Fabric
Patel

Looking for something dressy?  Start with this brocade fabrication and choose a pattern with few style lines.  Whether you go boxy or a simple princess silhouette, this fabric will make the statement.

TIP for Shoppers:  Read our descriptions carefully.  We choose the words with care to best communicate the type of fabric we are offering and generally recommend garment types.   Words like full-bodied, crisp, drapey, soft, stable are all clues to the hand of the fabric.  Don’t be afraid to ask for more detail.  We’ll do our best to help you! 

6 Responses to “Choosing the Right Fabric: Jackets”

  1. Patrice

    2010-11-25T15:20:00+00:00

    Thanks for the information. Please do continue the blog. I regularly look to see if you’ve updated your entries and I very much enjoy reading them. I think that providing information at different levels is helpful. Some of your readers may be at different stages of sewing ability, so variety is a great way to go!

  2. Patrice

    2010-11-25T15:20:00+00:00

    Thanks for the information. Please do continue the blog. I regularly look to see if you’ve updated your entries and I very much enjoy reading them. I think that providing information at different levels is helpful. Some of your readers may be at different stages of sewing ability, so variety is a great way to go!

  3. decorating fabric

    2011-01-04T23:44:00+00:00

    Thank you for the tips. It is very helpful, jacket patterns and clothes always matter. It makes a jacket as comfortable as possible.

  4. Lisabeth

    2011-06-28T05:28:00+00:00

    I find this and your other posts extremely helpful!!
    Do you send regular newsletters to your customers? It’s a great way to get more blog readers. I only mention this because I used to have an online store so we tried various ways to get them reading the blog. Your blog is well written. I love it!!

  5. Lkviewlady

    2011-07-23T22:46:00+00:00

    I REALLY ENJOYED READING YOUR BLOG TODAY. 1ST TIME READER. VERY EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATIVE. 

  6. Barb

    2011-07-25T14:42:00+00:00

    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!  Glad you’ve found us.

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