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Date: 1/18/12 8:19 PM

I'm thinking of making a coat in the style of the iconic Max Mara 101801 which is made from a fabric that is described as "camel beaver wool and cashmere". It appears to be a supple medium weight coating in photos with a subtle sheen. Any idea where I could get such a fabric?

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Date: 1/19/12 3:49 PM

I have quite a few coats like like. In style and fabric, and even down to the hand picked collars. It's nothing new, that is just how they made really nice coats back in the 1940's and 1950's. I get mine, at the Good Will stores most times, and around Halloween is often a good time to look for them there. Most times I pay less than $20 for them actually.

so what used to be considered very nice fabric and the kind of coats available in most nice larger department stores, I think really have turned into a $2,424.00 coat now!

You could sew one yourself, but to buy that nice fabric, would probably be considered more a designer fabric now, and probably would cost upwards of maybe $50 or $60 per yard, (though I'm sure you could pay $100 and up a yard for it, if you wanted to also) and I think probably at least 3 1/2 yards in a Coat, and then you still got the lining fabric too. And no you are not going to find a nice fabric comparable to it, in Joanns or Hancock's fabric stores at all.

If I wanted to make one from scratch today, and I was on a budget, and if I was a rather small size, I think I would just hunt the Goodwill and Salvation Army thrift stores, and try to pick up a very large size ladies one for maybe $7 to $25, then actually cut it apart, and make my new Cashmere coat from it instead. Just because very nice soft, supple fabric like that is so very expensive today, and much harder to find. If money no object though, and you don't mind paying a lot, I'm sure you could find it maybe, but then 3 1/2 yards at lets say $100 a yard or such, could be even $350 for just the outer coat fabric.

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Date: 1/19/12 4:48 PM

Consider calling A Fabric Place (Michaels Fabrics). They advertise here on PatternReview. They have almost any high end fabric you need and they will swatch for you by request. I got a wool cashmere blend yesterday that was 50.00 a yard for 25.00 a yard since they are having a big sale.

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Date: 1/20/12 9:11 AM

Check out Fabric Mart too (the one in Sinking Spring PA) . They have excellent prices and often have high end coating. They also have lots of sales.

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Date: 1/21/12 2:51 PM

Thanks for the suggestions!

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