|100% boiled wool in Kelly Green, Sapphire, and Fuchsia|
Boiled wool is washed and dried at a high heat during production, which results in a pre-shrunk fabric that won't fray. It's a durable fabric that is resistant to dirt and naturally repels water—perfect for rainy or snowy weather.
When sewing with boiled wool it's a good idea to stabilize shoulder seams and other stress points to keep them from stretching out. The wool can also stretch and become misshapen with pressing, so only press lightly and at low heat if necessary.
Though we have the standard black and camel, we also have boiled wool in a rainbow of colors. Our favorites for this season are Autumn and Lavender!
|Sapporo Coat by Papercut Patterns|
| Pilvi Coat from Everyday Style by Lotta Jansdotter.|
Check out Fabric Lady and Laurel's versions!
|Clare Coat by Closetcase|
Linen is a natural fiber that's prone to wrinkles, but if you aren't ready to embrace the rumpled look you have a couple of options. This tutorial from Fabric Lady shows you how to pre-treat linen to be wrinkle resistant. You could also use a linen blend, like Robert Kaufman Essex, which is less wrinkly due to the 55% linen/45% cotton fiber content.
Our pattern picks:
|Tamarack Jacket by Grainline Studio|
|The Strand by Merchant and Mills|
|Fabric Lady and Laurel's beautiful metallic linen Sapporos|
CottonCotton might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of outerwear, but it can make an excellent coat. And if you are concerned about the origins of wool fabric, then cotton is a great vegan-friendly option. There's also the benefit of cotton being one of the easiest fabrics to sew with!
Cotton comes in many forms, but here are the fabric/pattern pairings we love:
|Tamarack Jacket by Grainline Studio and kantha cloth|
|The Foreman by Merchant and Mills and corduroy|
|Gaia Coat by Named Clothing and Indian cotton jacquard|
Don't forget about linings!Linings are a practical component of coats and jackets, but they're also an opportunity for more beautiful fabric! Use a bright color for a pop of contrast or go with a fun print. Rayon bemberg, silk habotai, and cotton lawn all make excellent lining fabrics.
|Rayon bemberg lining in Mango|
|Silk habotai in royal purple|
|Cotton lawn by Cotton + Steel|
If you haven't tried coat sewing yet, what are you waiting for? It's a great way to learn new skills and use some fabric you might not sew with otherwise. Plus, nobody will bat an eye if you wear your new favorite make every day of the week, unlike other garments! If you need some more inspiration before you dive into a coat project, check out all our outerwear patterns here.
Which coat pattern are you most excited about?