Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fabric of the week: Fleece

This week’s fabric from the new VFG Fabric Resource is fleece. No, not the fleece that takes up a disproportionate amount of space in fabric stores today. (That fleece’s full name is polar fleece, and I will get to writing about it for the fabric resource, but haven’t been in a rush about it...) The fleece I'm talking about is made of woven wool, and you are most apt to see it cut into a good-quality vintage coat.

Fleece is made of wool, mohair (as well as other specialty hairs) and blends. The nap covers the fabric’s construction which is usually right-hand twill or satin weave. With its soft nap all brushed in one direction, woven fleece has a longer, hairier nap than duvetyn. 
Uses: Coats, hats 
See also:
Sweatshirt fleece

©Vintage Fashion Guild - Text by Margaret Wilds/denisebrain,  photo by Hoyt Carter

This gives me a chance to show off this 1950s Lilli Ann coat, new in my web store. The fleece used for this coat has a luxuriously long nap.


Laurence said...

Oh thanks! My husband bought a vintage 50's sweater made of this fabric a few months ago, I called it the guinea pig sweater....
I know what it is now...

denisebrain said...

Laurence, I know we are speaking different languages (and you speak such good English!) but if you mean a knit sweater, it wouldn't be fleece, because this is only a woven fabric.

If your sweater has a hairy look like this (or like a guinea pig) it might be from being made of mohair wool. What do you think?

Dina@VintageAdvantage said...

Thanks for another informative fabric post! I'm enjoying these and learning, too!
That coat, by the way, is pretty looks like a glamorous and chic polar bear :-)