Call of the search, people – we found it. If, like certain among us, you’ve ever gone into a particular designer shop simply to gaze at a rail of simple wrap coats, stroke their pile and marvel at their elegance, then you’ll recognise what we have here. This superb Italian charcoal alpaca coating fabric is nothing short of exquisite. No sooner had it arrived, Alice was emailing the supplier reserving the last of their limited supply.
Where to start? As you can see from our images, this charcoal alpaca coating has a silky-smooth pile, giving this exceptional fabric a truly luxurious feel, as well as making it warm to wear. At first sight this may not look like the heaviest of coating fabrics but this charcoal alpaca coating fabric will serve you well on a practical basis as well as looking wonderful. It has very good opacity for its weight; add a decent-weight satin lining to this fabric and not only will you have a coat to warm you through the chilliest of days but also an absolute masterclass in drape, movement and elegance. You can see how our charcoal alpaca coating fabric moves and swings in this video.
We love the fact that this fabric isn’t quite black – and that it’s also lifted by the reflective qualities of this lovely alpaca pile. The underlying weave combines wool and alpaca yarns in a close yet flexible, very slightly textured weave. We’ve called it a coating fabric since really, that’s what it is. Of course you could create a jacket with it too – even a skirt – but a fabric like this is designed for outerwear. And frankly, we’d want to show it off as much as possible. Probably with a patterns such as the ‘Oslo’ Coat from Tessuti – which landed last year and which we still haven’t got around to making up. Now, we think, would be the moment – although we wouldn’t think twice about adding some length…
Like us, you’re probably familiar with the eye-watering retail price of coats made from fabrics such as this. Fabrics like this stunning charcoal alpaca coating fabric can deliver maximum savings in return for your skills. Coat-makers – now is your moment!
52% alpaca, 48% wool
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