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Fleece instead of a woven?

Bantamaz | Posted in Patterns on

Hello fellow sewers! 

I sew with fleece a lot but, I’ve always used fleece specific patterns. I really want to make a coat using Simplicity pattern #2508 which is a raglan sleeved/princess seamed coat but, it recommends wovens or double knits. Are there any adjustments that I would need to make in order to make it out of fleece? Would I choose a larger size because of the bulk of fleece or a smaller size because of the stretch of the knit? Thanks in advance:-)


  1. starzoe | | #1

    Fleece vs woven

    I would think that as your pattern suggests "double knits" you will be ok using the fleece.  You might have to eliminate some facings as fleece patterns do; don't use buttonholes unless you have found a perfect way to work them in fleece. 

  2. stillsuesew | | #2

    I agree that the pattern should work unless you have a really stretchy fleece.  I made a coat about ten years ago and I am still wearing it.  I love the stretch ease it has.  The only problem is that fleece isn't always that warm in really cold climates and i usually wear a heavy sweater or sweatshirt under it if it is really cold.

  3. WarmDove | | #3

    Consider No Pill Fleece and Interfacing if Possible

    Double knits have a low stretch.  To get a similar effect with fleece, consider interfacing your matrial with a light knit interfacing.  Woven may be to rigid.  The interfacing will keep the fleece from moving around to much and add structure.   It already sounds like a lovely, cozy project.

    Happy Sewing, Bantamaz

  4. stillsuesew | | #4

    I think my coat has stretched a little over time, but it is an anorak design so it doesn't matter (and just accommodates the weight I've gained over the same time!)  Happy new year

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