Fabric Suggestions for 254 Swing Coat

This easy, breezy coat is a snap to make, with only four main pattern pieces. The front pieces have neck extensions that stitch together at center back to form the collar. The back is stitched into a back yoke and features a deep pleat for maximum "swing."  The sleeves are narrow at the wrist so you can push them up for a casual look, and they stay put!  The pattern offers two pocket versions: side-seam and patch pockets.  And, you can make this coat into a short version or extend it to ankle length.  I also makes a great gift, as there is little fitting needed.

Suggested fabrics: fabrics that drape well yet still have body, such as lightweight linen, gabardine (rayon, wool, or cotton), lightweight denim, soft cotton twill. For a crisp, sculptured look consider silk taffeta. Or create a sheer, translucent style with silk organza (this is really "in" right now, too!).

PLEASE NOTE: Fabrics used as examples in blog may go out of stock from store.  If link is invalid for specific product, there may be another fabric from the supplier that you can substitute.  These suggestions are based on fabrics that are in stock at the time the blog post is written!

Hart's Fabrics has a good selection of linen.  Here is a Herringbone Linen that would make a classic, go-with-everything look.


 Form Stonemountain and Daughter we found a beautiful Italian wool gabardine.  I love this (and the color!).


Vogue Fabrics has a great collection of Thai silk dupioni.  Here is an example we like.



If you want to try a sheer look Michael Levine's has nylon organza available this is quite inexpensive at $2.75 a yard (if you are uncertain as to the "look), but they also have a beautiful black silk organza that would be elegant in this coat.


I also really love the Brussels Washer Yarn Dyed Linens (linen/nylon blend).  They are drape-y but have a slightly heavier hand.  And, there are lots of lovely colors - in a similar color pattern to chambray.  Bolt Fabrics has a nice selection of colors at $12/yard.


What would be your ideal fabric to make this coat?  I'm thinking about making one for my mother for Christmas.  And, I think I might go for the Brussels Linen, but she could also totally pull off a black shear organza coat!