Fabric Suggestions for the Vancouver Collection: Part II

Let’s continue chatting about fabric suggestions for the Vancouver Collection! In Part I, we discussed fabric selection for the Pacific Leggings and Dunbar Top. Today I’m covering the Cypress Cape and Seymour Jacket. I had so much fun looking for fabrics for these. There really are some cool options online, so I’m excited to share what I found with you.

Cypress Cape


The Cypress Cape calls for lightweight woven fabrics such as ripstop nylon and rainwear fabrics. Ripstop is that nylon fabric with a subtle grid in the weave, often used for windbreakers or sports jackets. Rainwear fabric is a looser term, it can be more “fashion” or “utilitarian” depending what you’d like and what you can find. If you’re feeling adventurous, I think this cape would be wonderful out of a plaid coating, or even a hefty cotton twill.

Fabric Suggestions for the Cypress Cape

Cypress Cape Fabrics

  1. Black Italian Designer Raincoat Satin from Gorgeous Fabrics
  2. Silk Blend Water Repellent Metallic Jacquard from B&J Fabrics
  3. Turquoise Nylon Ripstop from Michael Levine
  4. Olive Italian Double Faced Cotton from Mood
  5. Taupe Two-Tone Water Resistant Cotton Blend from Britex
  6. Dark Indigo Blue Rainwear Cotton/Nylon from Harts
  7. Cream/Black Plaid Coating from Michael Levine
  8. Burgundy Nylon Ripstop from Fabric.com
  9. Tartan Plaid Wool Coating from Mood

Seymour Jacket

The Seymour Jacket opens up even more doors for fabric options! The design lends itself really well to fun bright colours and interesting prints.We recommend light to medium weight woven fabrics such as ripstop nylon, rainwear fabrics, cotton and cotton nylon blends. You could use any of the rainwear fabrics suggested above for the Cypress Cape, but I also put together some extra picks below!

Fabric Suggestions for the Seymour Jacket

Seymour Jacket Fabrics

  1. Cream Plaid Rainwear Polyester from Fashion Fabrics Club
  2. Fuchsia Floral Water-Resistant Acetate from Britex
  3. Moss Cotton Moleskin from Stonemountain & Daughter
  4. Dusty Blue Water-Resistant Cotton from Britex
  5. Leopard Water-Resistant Polyester from Britex
  6. Steel Blue Jacketing from Fashion Fabrics Club
  7. Black Outerwear Nylon from Mood
  8. Pearl Grey Rainwear Polyester from Fashion Fabrics Club
  9. Purple Floral Outerwear Polyester from Mood

The Seymour Jacket is lined, and you can go a lot of ways with this! Something like a rayon bemberg or polyester satin lining would work great. A lightweight cotton voile could be great if you’d like something casual and breathable. Or, if you’re going for a sportier look, try to find athletic mesh/netting (the non-stretch kind used for sports jerseys).

Next up we’ll look at fabrics for the Fraser Sweatshirt!

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6 Responses to Fabric Suggestions for the Vancouver Collection: Part II

  1. Helen January 21, 2016 at 9:41 am #

    Thanks for doing these fabric posts! I was unsure if where to begin with these patterns. I also had a thought that the Seymour jacket would be super cute in a lightweight Denim.

    • Caroline January 21, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

      I agree! I think a lightweight denim would be super cute for the Seymour.

  2. PsychicKathleen January 21, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    Thank you for the links to online shops that sell specialized fabric like ripstop! I think gortex would be perfect for the Cypress cape too (maybe a little pricey?) – that’s what I’ve been fantasizing about :) but I notice you didn’t include that. I’ll investigate the shops you have suggested for the other recommended fabrics.

  3. Joy January 21, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    I love, love, love the Cypress Cape. It’s so chic and looks comfortable too. Nice fabric choices–I vote for #2 or #7. Fun blog, looking forward to checking out more of the archives!

  4. Heather Dawson January 22, 2016 at 2:56 am #

    I made the Cypress Cape in a lightweight PUL (I got mine from Simplifi Fabrics online) and the silkiness was gorgeous in he finished garment.

  5. Amelia January 22, 2016 at 5:54 am #

    For uk supplies I found this link http://ukfabricsonline.com/sports-fabric

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