We love collecting home-produced wools in the autumn – and this British marled grey wool coating fabric was a bit of a find. It’s a warm fabric with a textured weave that we think will trap the air close to your body and keep chill winds at bay.
For all that texture and robustness thought, this marled grey wool coating fabric is probably towards the lighter end of the ‘heavy weight’ wool coating bracket. It’s pliable and easy to work, with an elegant, folding drape as you can see in this video.
The texture and depth of this marled grey wool coating fabric is enhanced with the mix of charcoal, mid and silver-grey yarns which lift this fabric out of any sense of dullness and which help reflect the light. Although it’s a sturdy and textured fabric, it’s smoother and softer to the touch than you might imagine. This is a fabric that doesn’t fray easily, rather like a wool melton, although the textured weave would prevent us from referring to it as such. Both sides of the fabric are very similar; although we’d still urge caution when cutting out, you wouldn’t worry about the reverse side showing in the collar of an unlined wrap coat, say.
We’re calling this a ‘coating’ fabric but truth be told, it’s one that would be equally well deployed as a warm skirt. An A-line style would hold a shape with style; a shorter or more fitted skirt would have a classic edge to it, working well over opaque tights and flat shoes or boots.
We like the idea of using this marled grey wool coating fabric as what is sometimes referred to as a ‘car length’ coat – that is, one that doesn’t trail in the mud as you hop in and out of a car. A pea-jacket would be a fabulous pattern choice – as we think would this classic ‘Bamboo’ coat from Waffle Patterns.
We recommend spot- and dry-cleaning wool garments, particularly if they’re lined. Find out more on our About our fabric pages