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 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 :-)