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stitchagain | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Know of any good reference on choosing fabrics?

I want to make a vintage pattern and don’t know what to make it out of.  It is for a sleeveless shawl coat.  The “collar” of the swing-y “vest” is “cape-like”  reaching the elbow at least.  The fabric suggestions on the old pattern are: Woolens, plain and fancy tweeds, failles, rayon, Irish linen- it has an optional lining.  I want to make it for the winter, but think the fabric choice would be critical.  I have some wool melton fabric, but that might be too heavy. 

I think if I did some research on fabrics I wouldn’t necessarily have to choose one of the fabrics listed above, I could choose a modern counterpoint.




  1. Gloriasews | | #1

    Would velveteen work for you?  Yes, I think melton would be too heavy, especially if the garment is sleeveless.


    1. stitchagain | | #3

      Thanks for the suggestions.  I'll have to look up Sandra Betzina's books. 

      Velveteen was accacually written in pencil by some previous owner of the pattern.  It seems a bit dressy but I don't know it that well


  2. katina | | #2

    What about Sandra Betzina's books on fabric, published by Taunton?

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