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