October 06, 2023
It's getting to be that time of the year again . . . Coat Season! Our featured pattern this month, 262 Spectator Coat, provides and encourages many customizable possibilities for both views - including embroidered applique, hand painting, and contrasting fabrics. When it comes to long coats, the right fabric can make all the difference. Fabric can make a statement, can provide varying degrees of warmth, can make a coat feel formal or informal, and on and on.
Below are some of our current fabric suggestions for the 262 Spectator Coat. These fabrics are also great for the hats. And we just released the hats as their own separate PDF patterns - the cloche and the turban. You should also think about trims and embellishments or contrasting fabrics to use for the collars, cuffs, and hats when looking for fabric for these coats and hats.
This cream French toile print is a cotton canvas in our own shop. It has a plain-weave with a soft hand, durable and sturdy with a midweight feel. Perfect for a light weight coat for fall and spring - a bit of a statement print (and right on trend) for an informal coat. Love those chickens!
I like this Nara Homespun collection from Harts Fabric features thick cotton fibers woven together in an old-fashioned style to create a sturdy fabric with a stiff drape, which will add to the structure encouraged for the coat. This fabric has a beautiful chrysanthemum design and has a similar color scheme as the French toile above. I think this fabric is pretty and is definitely a statement. Again, great for a lighter weight, informal coat.
This light to medium-weight woven wool woven in a pretty vicuna (light brown with orange undertone) would be a great for the main fabric for one of the coats. The plaid Italian wool below would go really beautifully as a contrasting fabric giving it a casual and vintage look in my opinion. Both of these fabrics come from the Folkwear fabric collection.
Oak Fabrics has some beautiful wools, and this pink wool blend coating is similar to the fabric of our sample above. Add applique and embroidery like the sample or use a contrasting (or complimentary) fabric for the cuffs and collar. We love pink, so this one stood out, but Oak Fabrics has some great wools.
This navy wool blend (mostly wool) is heavy weight and perfect for a classic warm wool coat. This would also be a great canvas for applique or other embellishments, and would work well with contrasting fabrics. This wool comes from Folkwear's collection.
Check out all of Folkwear's wool options here.
Bolt Fabric Boutique has a great little selection of some fabulous felted wools. These fabrics are hard to find and I trust Bolt Fabric to provide high quality fabrics. This lime green felted wool would make a statement coat and would be a great canvas for any embellishments. They also have black for a classic coat, as well as several other colors (and one plaid).
Cotton velveteen makes a great trim for these coats and hats, but it is also priced well enough that the whole coat could be make with it for a luxurious feel and beautiful finished coat. This velveteen comes in several colors at Bolt Fabric.
For something truly decadent, this rayon/silk velvet from Mood Fabrics would be fabulous to make the cuffs and collar and hats of this pattern. You can use these very expensive fabrics for the pieces that don't use a lot of yardage to give your coat (or hat) a luxurious look and feel without breaking the bank. This fabric also gives a period feel to the coat. Of course, if your budget allows, you could make the coat body from this fabric instead. This fabric comes in several colors.
For another decadent, and period look, a faux fur would be amazing for the trims on this coat and to make the hats. I liked this brown bronze foiled fur, also from Mood Fabric. There are a lot of faux furs on Mood's site, and I would choose one with a shorter pile for ease of sewing.
So, what fabric(s) would you want to make your Spectator Coat from? Stay tuned for a sew along for View A of this coat where we used one of the fabrics above for the coat!