One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Heavy woolen cloth with a close-cut nap, used for overcoats and jackets.
- ‘Firm, stable fabrics such as melton and gabardine hold the cut edge shape with minimal staystitching.’
- ‘If you decide to stitch the design on a heavier fabric than the test sample (such as melton or fleece) the stitches will imbed in the fabric and pull the design out of alignment.’
- ‘Tightly woven wool, wool melton, felted or boiled wool, leather and suede along with faux leather and suede all can be clipped, snipped, slashed or punched without fraying.’
Early 19th century: named after Melton Mowbray, a town in central England, formerly a center of cloth manufacture.
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