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.