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Date: 11/19/13 7:43 AM

Hi, I've never sewn with fleece before but I've decided to make a child's coat for a friend as a gift. Its a swing coat that will button up and has a collar. How do I choose the right type of fleece? I don't want it to pill and the coat needs to last a couple of winters - so I don't want something that's too thin etc.
Any advice before I go shopping would be helpful, thanks!

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Date: 11/19/13 8:33 AM

Look for "anti-pill" fleece when you're shopping. If you can't find that (or find one that isn't that you love) just make sure to tell the friend not to put it through the dryer. That will prevent pilling for a while. Are you planning to line the jacket?

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Date: 11/19/13 9:09 AM

Another vote for not drying.

I made my daughter (15 - so she doesn't wear her clothes that hard) a sweatshirt in regular (not anti-pill) fleece.

She hangs it to dry and so far, so good.

I'd imagine though for a younger child and for outerwear, e.g. daily wear instead of occasional, I'd go anti-pill.

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Date: 11/19/13 9:12 AM

Thanks for that, I'll definitely look for anti-pill. So you're saying that even anti-pill fleece shouldn't go in the dryer?
What about minkie?
And should I line it? Does that slow down the pilling? What kind of fabric should I use to line it with? We live in Texas so it's not that cold in winter.

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Date: 11/19/13 9:32 AM

Lining was more a thought for longevity and continued warmth over the years than the pilling aspect. A smooth lining will make it easier to pull on over clothes. I am not sure how cold winters get out there--40s? If I were making a winter coat of fleece, I would probably put two layers of sleece together for the coat and line it in something smooth...maybe anti-static, but again I don't know what your winter are like with that.

I can't speak for the minky or micro or supersoft fleeces because I haven't used those.

I have a sweatshirt I made of antipill fleece a few years ago. Its a specialty sweatshirt, so I don't wear it a TON (4-5 times a year maybe?) But it hasn't pilled going through the wash yet. I would suggest that just to be on the safe side of keeping it un good shape for several years.

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Date: 11/19/13 10:32 AM

Fleece has stretch and most linings don't, something to consider. If the style is loose fitting it won't be a problem. If the coat isn't going in the dryer, a lining that will dry quickly is important. My grandaughter has a girly fleece coat from LandsEnd and it's not lined.
The highest quality fleece is from Malden Mills. Polartec
Every once and a while Fabric Mart and Fabric.com will get Malden fleece in.
I have 7 grandkids and sometomes buy fleece at Joanns for their cute prints, and use the better stuff for the older kids and adults.

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Date: 11/19/13 11:00 AM

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Fleece has stretch and most linings don't, something to consider. If the style is loose fitting it won't be a problem. If the coat isn't going in the dryer, a lining that will dry quickly is important. My grandaughter has a girly fleece coat from LandsEnd and it's not lined.

The highest quality fleece is from Malden Mills. Polartec

Every once and a while Fabric Mart and Fabric.com will get Malden fleece in.

I have 7 grandkids and sometomes buy fleece at Joanns for their cute prints, and use the better stuff for the older kids and adults.

Polaritec is definitely the best fleece.

If you get on their mailing list, they will send you their sale info a couple of times a year. Their "unfinished blankets" are a great deal for cut yardage. Colors are limited, however.
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Date: 11/19/13 11:49 AM

Fabric Mart has a bunch of MM fleece in right now.

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Date: 11/19/13 12:52 PM

If I have my information correct, some of the previous employees of the Malden Mill Store that used to be in Laerence, MA have a website and sell the real Polartec. I believe it is just MillDirect textiles.com or something like that. JA's anti-pill is pretty good, but there is no comparison between that and real PolareTec, it so buttery soft and lasts for years.
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Date: 11/19/13 3:46 PM

Malden Mills Polartec by the yard: Mill Yardage

Check out their offers on unhemmed throws. The shipping is free if you buy three, I think. And it's 2-1/4 yards of fleece at a good price (for Polartec)!

Actually, buying RTW from Lands' End is a pretty good deal, if you like their styles. Girl's fleece pea coat

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