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Design your own coat fabric and discover the best materials to make the perfect coat for you. Whether you're after a warming Winter coat, waterproof mid-season raincoat or a light Summer jacket, use the guide below to choose the ideal fabric.

What is Coat Fabric?

Coat fabric is any fabric that can be used to design and make a coat. The type of material you choose can affect many factors; the thickness, warmth, durability, style, water-resistance and heat-retention of the coat, as well as the way it hangs and looks on the body.

Lighter, waterproof fabrics are ideal for Spring or Autumn where you may not need a thick, heavy coat however will need some protection against the elements. Certain lighter fabrics still have heat retaining qualities, and are breathable so can be versatile throughout the seasons. By considering when and how frequently you’ll wear your coat, you’ll get an understanding of the type of material best suited to your design.

Alternatively, certain warmer fabrics may not be suitable if you’ll be out in the rain or exploring the countryside. If you’re after style over substance, there’s a wide range of materials which will add a touch of glamour to your outfit just may not always be ideal for chilly days. The texture and weight of the material you choose will determine the look and function of your coat, and whether it’s suitable for everyday use or special occasions.

Popular coat fabrics include:

  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Velvet
  • Bull Denim
  • Chenille
  • Canvas
  • Fleece
  • Jersey
  • Suede
  • Leatherette

How is it manufactured?

Every coat fabric is manufactured in its own way, depending on whether it’s natural or synthetic. The fibres will be woven differently to create different textures, constructs, and levels of transparency. Synthetic fabrics are created using chemical processes, whereas natural fabrics are made using all-natural yarns. 

Purposes of Coat Fabric?

The purpose of coat fabrics is to create a functional, comfortable and stylish coat – whether it’s for a formal occasion, everyday wear, will be enduring the elements, or simply a Winter warmer.

Consider what time of year you’ll be wearing your coat, and how frequently. Do you need a smarter style fabric to wear to the office every day, or do you need a coat that will be sure to keep you warm all year round? Will you be out exploring in your new jacket, or is it simply a fashion statement?

No matter where in the world you live, it’s likely that you’ll need protection against the rain every now and then. For a waterproof coat you ideally want to use a fabric such as Oilcloth Matte which is made from 100% cotton half-panama with a waterproof PVC coating. The mid-weight fabric means you won’t get too warm in the Spring or Autumn rainy seasons, however you’ll be sure to stay dry, with a chic matte finish too.

For a coat which will be worn in a chillier climate and may also encounter rain or snow, a durable, heat-retaining fabric is the best option. Polar Fleece is a beautiful alternative to wool, with a soft finish and hydrophobic qualities. This means it repels water, so is perfect for an everyday Winter coat. Velvet variations will similarly keep you warm during cooler weather, however aren’t waterproof and are best worn with extra layers to keep the heat in. Gaia Eco is similarly effective for outdoor clothing due to its durable nature.

If you’re after a formal coat for an event or for work, it’s likely you’ll want a less bulky, slightly more lightweight option such as Suede or Chenille. For an extra stylish flair, Plush Velvet, Velvet Shimmer or Suede Vision is ideal jsut not quite durable enough to be worn out in the rain. For a stylish, year-round fabric, warm leatherette is an animal-friendly version of the classic and similarly oozes style.

Lightweight fabrics are perfect for a light Summer coat to keep your warm on a breezy evening. Linen or cotton are ideal for this, or for a more casual look Bull Denim is a great alternative to it’s heavier denim counterpart.


The properties of coat fabrics can vary a huge amount, with each having their own special qualities. These are the top categories coat fabrics fall under:

Winter Warmth:

  • Usually heavier, thicker fabrics
  • Retains heat well
  • Often soft to the touch
  • Generally suitable for wear in the rain
  • Great for everyday wear and tear
  • Durable
  • Has a firmer structure

Light Summer:

  • Lightweight fabrics
  • Breathable
  • Everyday or formal wear
  • Still maintains a classic style
  • Perfect for frequent use


  • Lightweight
  • Very breathable
  • Ideal for in-between the seasons
  • More casual
  • Durable
  • Perfect for everyday wear
  • Water repellent qualities

Advantages of Coat Fabric

A huge advantage of coat fabrics is that they are often very versatile – warmer fabrics can also be waterproof, or formal jackets can also retain heat well. As well as considering the time of year you’ll wear your coat, consider the style of clothes you’ll be wearing under it. Choose a fabric that will compliment or match these, as well as suiting your body type and feeling comfortable in everyday life. Every fabric has a unique finish and quality, so make sure you choose a fabric to make the best coat for you.