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Date: 11/6/12 2:22 PM

Here's my deal... I plan to make McCall's 6656 view A with a wonderful faux fur fabric from Hancock's (http://goo.gl/RHs9F short link), but I can't find a suitable non-plain-black, non-plain-brown fabric that would show interest without distracting from the collar. Prefer a sturdy wool; pattern calls for double-faced sweater knits, tweeds, wool blends. May end up with dark denim, who knows.
Understand that what I want and what I buy is not always the same thing
Looking for ideas or recommendations from anyone wanting to take on the challenge.
Here's what I'm looking at, but not convinced it's appropriate: http://goo.gl/ntZx1 (short link).
Thanks to any and all that offer comments.

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Date: 11/6/12 5:34 PM

Ok, just to be clear, are you looking FOR blacks and browns with some interest, or you definitely DON'T want black/brown? (At first I thought you wanted blacks and browns that weren't plain, but then I saw your multicolored swatch, and wasn't sure.)

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Date: 11/6/12 8:18 PM

I'm making that too! Except I just got my fabric and am now looking for my fur...probably blackish.
Here's what I bought. Linda has tons of doublecloth lately and I have bought her wool fleece, and coating wools from her too, all excellant quality. She has had alot of great colors of wool and sweater knits too. It really depends on what you want the garment to be...more of a sweater or more of a coat.

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Date: 11/8/12 7:46 PM

stirwatersblue ,

I think you are keenly aware of my first problem. Making a decision.

I initially considered blacks and browns. But I'd like it to be more interesting than plain black or brown (still considering denim or corduroy). BROWN is definitely my preference.

I'm just having a hard time figuring out what kind of fabric will work best ... denim, corduroy, an upholstery, ... pattern recommended tweeds, but that seems flimsy and light.

And, yes, the swatch was indeed multicolored. Does it match? Problem is I like the swatch, but ... really... is it appropriate for my fur collar choice?

A good sturdy weighted coat weight fabric is hard to find for some reason.

Simple answer: 1) interest in natural tones? or... 2) Can/Should I use the multicolor swatch? 3) Other recommendations?



Thanks for replying.
-- Edited on 11/8/12 8:24 PM --

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Date: 11/8/12 7:51 PM

PattyE ,

I looked at Emma One Sock, but apparently I didn't look hard enough. LOVE LOVE LOVE the fabric ($52 is steep for me, but may consider it).

Not to copy, but that peppering effect in the wool would go great with my collar fabric.

I prefer a coat weight rather than a sweater weight. The collar appears to be so overwhelming that to me a 'sweater weight' would just not carry the collar well.

Thanks for your reply ... I"ll keep looking ... and staring at your fabric choice.
-- Edited on 11/8/12 8:25 PM --

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Date: 11/8/12 8:33 PM

I'm on to something. Any comment (or encouragement) is welcome.

Another visit to EmmaOneSock resulted in two selections, one I did not actively seek but like nevertheless.


Sweater

Tweed

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Date: 11/8/12 10:14 PM

Just sayin...that tweed is gorgeous and it's a good coating weight apparently. Swatches are free.

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Date: 11/9/12 4:59 PM

Thanks so much. I ordered swatches of both the sweater knit and the tweed. Given the description, I'm sure the tweed will win out. I'm not a big sweater knit jacket fan, but that one above did appeal to me. Dang, I shoulda' ordered your fabric swatch as well ...

Thanks for your input. That was helpful.

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Date: 11/10/12 0:05 AM

You know, with the dominant pattern in the faux fur (I missed the link the first time I read your post), I would go with a neutral or a solid. You don't want the patterns/prints to compete with each other. I actually think that BLUE sweater knit would be glorious with the leopard, but blue isn't exactly brown. LOL

Fabricmart has some really interesting wools in their Shetland and Assorted sections:

http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/xcart/Wool-Assorted/

http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/xcart/Wool-Shetland/

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Date: 11/10/12 7:28 AM

You hit the nail on the head... I want something with a tad bit of interest because I hate to buy solids, yet the collar cannot tolerate too much competitive interest, which is why this selection is so hard for me.

I requested three swatches from EmmaOneSock to be sure whether the collar could tolerate the tweed.

Thanks for your assistance It'll be quite some time before I can start on this.

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