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Difference between upholstery and coat fabrics

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by oscarthewild, Nov 10, 2004.

  1. oscarthewild

    oscarthewild Senior member

    May 6, 2004
    I recently bought a fabric to make a coat/bomber type jacket or if I am feeling particularly adventurous - a suit (etro inspired) fabric I was wondering how can one determine if this is for upholstery or wearing? Â In general, I see some very interesting fabrics on ebay but looks like their prime applicaiton is upholstery. Â Anyone who could enlighten us? Thanks
  2. Trilby

    Trilby Senior member

    Oct 6, 2004
    I can't help with a specific answer -- I would just go by the weight and feel of the cloth.

    Does it actually matter? If the cloth looks and feels good, and a tailor is willing to work with it, then go ahead. Going in the other direction, I have seen some beautiful tweeds designed for jacketing used instead for cushions and upholstery.

  3. TomW

    TomW Senior member

    Jul 2, 2004
    the wastes of the Northern Nevada desert
    I agree. If you like it, your tailor is willing to work with it, what matter it's intended use? Like the previous poster, I've used a few men's suitings for drapes and to upholster the chair in my bedroom. If the fabric suits your purpose, use it.

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