This darkly-checked chestnut and charcoal wool coating fabric was waiting for one of our number to finish a coat in order that we could do some show-and-tell. Suffice to say that there’s been a delay in that department. (You know who you are – get on with it!!)
Regardless, we think this is a serious bit of coat fabric. Although this is a very warm, closely-woven fabric, we wouldn’t quite say that it was a Melton. If it was, then you wouldn’t see the weave in quite the way you can, despite the fact that the threads are closely-packed, providing excellent opacity. There’s a soft nap on this chestnut and charcoal wool coating fabric but it doesn’t obscure the checked weave for obvious reasons.
This cloth handles with some softness and despite its evident warmth, is not prohibitively thick. Our sewist who’s working with it (allegedly) tells us that the pliability makes it easy to handle and that it’s very well-behaved in her machine. Quite simply, it’s a damned fine wool coating fabric – and with a composition of 80% wool, 20% polyester, it works for us. You could use it for suiting – but you’d have to feel the cold to want to…
The checked pattern woven into this chocolate and charcoal wool coating fabric will inevitably pose a question. You could aim for symmetry in your garment – as we did in our drape, albeit almost by accident. However we’ve photographed a roll of the fabric just to show that the bands of check, charcoal and brown aren’t arranged in a predictable repeat. There’s some repetition, but it’s not symmetrical across the width of the fabric. Now – we actually quite like that. Checks in a coat can be a bit much if they’re too rigid – and our (putative) coat-maker is working on a design with an off-centre zip which uses that difference in design to emphasise the asymmetry of her garment. (That’s if a pile of cut cloth pieces can have symmetry or asymmetry – as far as we can see it’s just a pile, but hey, who are we to comment…) Moreover the dark tones of this charcoal wool coating fabric, combined with the irregular checks, lend the overall design of this coating quite an enigmatic quality we think.
Our checked chestnut and charcoal wool coating fabric is 150cm wide – there’s dilemma in every metre.