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Two-sided Polar fleece questions

Ra | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I am about to make a jacket from my stash and realize I am very short on fabric.  I have very little experience sewing fleece.

I am thinking to save fabric I would make a completely one layer jacket w/a shawl collar and turned up cuffs.  The fleece is two colors, light green one side and dark green the other.  So, in theory, the turned back cuffs and collar will contrast nicely.

My questions are: 

  • Will this work without any interior structure (no interfacings, etc)?  It’s Polar Fleece 200.
  • Somewhere I thought I read one could finished edges by turning under 1/2 and zigzagging the cut edge.  Is this right?  Can I turn the edges to the right side (providing contrast) and successfully have it look professional.

Any helpful ideas welcomed.  I am totally new to this chat.  What happened to SewWorld? 


  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    Yes, polar fleece works fine for jackets without interfacing; I've made three of them, and all look and wear great.  I just read an article in a current sewing magazine showing a number of ideas for fleece jackets, including finishes without facings.  Sewing with fleece is a bit like sewing with felt; you really don't have to worry about a lot about seam finishes, but if you do anything, it looks good.  Definitely an ego-booster type of fabric!

    1. Ra | | #3

      Thanks for your help.  Do you remember which magazine?

      I got a couple polar fleece books out of the library and went through my Sewing w/Nancy books, but cannot find where I saw that turn over as a trim.  It's not showing up in the Threads index either.

      I made a fleece pullover when I first got my serger, so am not concerned about sewing on fleece.  And the pattern's an Ultra EZ Vogue, so there's not much to it.

      These days, I'm trying to sew up sophisticated stuff and avoiding "that dorky homemade look".

      Thanks for your enthusiasm, hope to start on the fitting muslin tonight.


      1. Teaf5 | | #4

        The fleece article is on page 64 of the Oct. 2006 issue of SewNews.  I love Threads Magazine but need to subscribe to something else for my niece's school fundraiser, so I read both from cover to cover!

        1. Ra | | #5

          My computer's been down, sorry to be slow to thank you.  There's a current pattern out that has the exact detail I've been looking for. 

          1. woggy | | #6

            Just curious - what is the patterna and number?

          2. Ra | | #9

            Vogue 9057

  2. MaryinColorado | | #2

    If this willl be your first pattern using fleece, I would use a pattern that specifies fleece the first time.  There are lots of them out there that give you hints about the fabric.  I think pattern layout would be the main concern as it stretches, possibly only in one direction or possibly more in one direction than the other.  Sometimes the edges are even left raw, maybe cut with a curved rotary cutter for fun.  Fleece doesn't ravel. 

    You will want to brush out the machne often as it fuzzes up the tensios quickly.  The grandkids make scarves and mittens on the serger with fleece.  I have used universal needles but you may need to use one for knits, depends on the machine and fabric.

    Hope this helps. nancysnotions.com has lots of info and cute patterns for fleece.  The major pattern companies have patterns.  I have made a hooded winter coat without any interfacing except in the buttonholes but next time I would put some where the buttons are sewn on.  It might need interfacing or some form of support to keep a zipper nice and straight.   Mary

  3. mem | | #7

    I have seen two sided fabric pulled appart at the edges and the raw edges turned in to between the two layers and then slip stitched back together This looks beautiful and ver professional.

    1. Ra | | #10

      Thanks.  I think that's two sided that's bonded.  This seems to be woven or knit into the same backing from both sides.

  4. ctirish | | #8

    hi, all the info sounds great, I would just add - if you are using real Polartec 200 fabric. It is made by Malden Mills in Malden Massachusetts, they have a web site, patterns and you can call them at their store with any questions. 

     The website is www.maldenmillsstore.com  They have a FAQ section that answers a lot of questions. 

    1. Ra | | #11

      Yes it is the real thing.  I justified buying it because at the time there was talk of them going out of business.  I never thought of checking their website -- thanks.

      1. ctirish | | #12

        With all of this chat about Polartec, I drove up to Malden Mills on Columbus Day. I had never been there before. What a place, it is in the mill with the sky high ceilings so it seems enormous. They have everything spread out in different areas by type. I spent the first hour walking around to look at the fabrics and colors and prints. They have more prints in the store than on the website.  I have been using fleece from Fabric place, Hancock's and Jo-Anns and i had forgotten about the huge difference.  You know, you have been sewing with it.  I bought so much fabric, the 200, some 300, some of their polar dry, some of their fabric for bad weather coats. It is just amazing.. And I got some adorable prints - the staff is incredible. They were getting ready to cut some fleece to make mittens and I just fell in love with it, so they gave it to me to purchase.  Now, all I need in some energy, I am just so tired this weekend.  jane

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