A short detour
More on fabric
1. It is a knit fabric and must be sewn in a manner discussed in my blog on knit sweaters.
2. It is a bulky fabric and will add volume.
3. Because it is a knit, you will not get sharp lines but saggy ones. This can be minimized by double stitching your seams.
4. As most coats are long, the fleece will eventually sag at the hem because of the fabric weight, giving you an irregular hem. Again this can be minimize by double stitching the hem.
5. Although not an immediate problem, unless you are making a number of coats, it is worth observing--during winter at the fabric store I worked, cutters at the apparel counter consistently came down with sinus and respiratory problems. Eventually we realized this was due to the fleece. The dust created from cutting any fabric is not good, but the polyester dust from the fleece seems to be particularly harmful. Therefore, as a caution, clean your area each time you finish to avoid problems.
Positives about fleece
1. It requires no finishing
2. It can be used for a number of projects
3. Light weight, but warm
4. Can be washed repeatedly with no shrinkage or fading. In fact, my sewing thread has worn out before the fabric. This is why I will use a heavy duty polyester for many of my projects.
5. It is the only fabric that has survived Bruin--incredibly durable.
Selecting a Pattern
You will notice there is a "robust" selection of vogue. It has been my experience, that yes, with vogue you can end up with patterns that have you making french button holes, or felting your own fabric to make a jacket. But, the directions are so much better than the other pattern makers, that you actually can make your own fabric or french button holes. Many times I have been left without a step by Simplicity, and McCall's and Butterick are not that much better. All the pattern makers have 1-800 number to call, but it is nice to start with a pattern you can trust has been "vetted."
I have provided a variety of styles to try and accommodate body type, but the irregular hem lines and bold accents across the front, whether, draping fabric, large irregular collars or fur, present attractive options for all body types, tall, full figured and or large.