Last year, I used a mustardy colored wool melton to make a duffle-type coat, and it was so wonderful to sew with that I went for the same type of fabric for this make. There is still some of this candy-apple red wool available and some other colors as well. http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/Candy-Red-Wool-Polyester-Melton-Coating-58W.html
I was a tad bit worried: this coat has six bound button holes and with the thickness of this fabric, I wondered how they'd turn out. I practiced several and found they worked perfectly with this fabric. Just take your time and sew carefully and you'll get a good result.
Yes, those are real working bound button holes on the cuff!
What good is a winter coat with a boring lining? I want to liven up my winter and choose this dark brown, polka-dot fabric by Maggy London. It is sold out now, but I believe it was a silk blend. It was really nice to cut out and sew together. Sorry that photo is blurry, but you get the idea!
Don't be afraid of using a heavier weight wool for your winter outerwear. My Viking has zero issues sewing this.
Here is a link to the pattern I used: Vogue 1562
Thanks for reading!
Sue from Ilove2sew!
Enjoy the action shots!