V1467 Pea Coat Sew Along: Choosing Your Fabric. Plus, Fabric Store Discounts!

V1467 choosing fabric

This week in the #V1467SewAlong we’re all about choosing fabric for your pea coat. But first, do you know the history of the pea coat? That it’s been around since the 18th century? Read this interesting blog post for more pea coat history and photos.

Pea coats have been around for centuries.

So let’s talk about choosing fabrics for your pea coat. Wool is the time-honored choice, and probably what most of us will choose for our pea coats. Sew along co-host Rachel has just written a very comprehensive post about selecting wool fabrics, so do read her thoughts on this if you want to make a wool pea coat.

But the great thing about us sewing our own pea coats is that we don’t have to make them from wool, and we don’t have to stick with navy as a color either. Below are some examples of jackets we found in various fabrics that would work well with V1467 (Anne Klein for Vogue Patterns):

Pea coats don't have to always be made from wool. From the V1467 Pea Coat Sew Along on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Clockwise from top left: Prada Fall ’15 jacket made from a techno fabric that might be neoprene fused with another fabric layer; Burberry quilted nylon jacket; Vanessa Seward denim jacket; and Marni silk-cotton jacket. All images, except Prada, from Net-a-Porter.
Pea coats don't have to always be made from wool. From the V1467 Pea Coat Sew Along on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Clockwise from top left: Marques Almeida metallic brocade jacket, Day Birger et Mikkelson wool and brocade jacket, both from Net-a-Porter; Lands’ End nylon jacket; and Cameron leopard print faux fur jacket from Lord & Taylor.

 

Save on your pea coat fabric! Your favorite online sources for fabric have given us special sew along discounts to pass on to you:

Fabric Mart: 25% off coupon code good toward their wool category. Use code MCWOOL25. Valid on full-priced fabrics. No other discounts or coupons apply and not valid during site-wide or category sales. Expires September 25, 2015.

Gorgeous Fabrics: 25% off list price of wool fabrics with coupon code. Expires September 23, 2105. Use code V1467ALONG.

Fabrics & Fabrics: 10% off all fabrics by the yard (does not include swatches) through September 30, 2015. Use code vWgMO068M9.

Britex Fabrics: 20% off all regular-priced fabrics through September 23, 2105. Use code VogueBritex.

V1467 Sew Along resources: We have a Pinterest board with interior and exterior detail photos of the actual sample Anne Klein pea coat, and we’ve just pinned a bunch of inspiration photos to it as well. Our Flickr group is now live, and this is the place to share your work-in-progress photos if you’d like. And remember to use #V1467SewAlong when you share images on social media.

Next week on the Sew Along: Rachel talks about making a muslin as a first step on her blog. How are things going with your pea coats?

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6 comments
  1. I’m very excited. This is a beautiful pattern and I have a GORGEOUS piece of wool gabardine my brother bought in Fleet Street about 30 years ago. It’s a wonderful coco brown. I think it will sew up beautifully in this pattern and will be wonderful to work with.

  2. I love the idea of a quilted pea coat!!

  3. Great piece on the history of the peacoat – and wonderful information on wool fabric choices. Can’t wait to start this!

  4. I am so ready to start this sew along . I just need the interfacing, muslin .
    Happy sewing everyone!

  5. It’s a beautiful coat, and as luck would have it, I have 2.6 metres of navy melton sitting in my fabric storage. I suppose it was meant to be! I am in Sweden so it will take some time to get the pattern, though.

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