Uses: Suits, coats, uniforms
A warm fabric with a soft, close nap, flannel may be in a plain or twill weave. It is brushed to create the nap, and this may be on one or both sides. If woolen, it can be in a plain or twill weave, while worsted flannels are right-hand twills, finer and appreciably more substantial.
Flannel was originally always wool (the name is derived from the Welsh word for flannel, gwlânen, which is derived from gwlân, “wool”). It is now found in wool blends, often with cotton.
Uses: Jackets, suits (men’s particularly of worsted flannel), dresses, shirts, skirts
A fabric synonymous with flannelette, kimono flannel got its name for its use as kimono fabric.
A trademarked fabric dating from 1970, Ultrasuede is a nonwoven fabric resembling suede. It is made of polyester, non-fibrous urethane and synthetic resins. It is created in a process involving needle punching microfibers into a felt-like ground.
Uses: Coats, suits, dresses
Two similar British fabrics are called wincey and winceyette. Although wincey can be twilled, both are usually plain weave flannels, made of cotton or cotton with wool weft, and brushed to create a soft nap. Winceyette is synonymous with flannelette.
Uses: For the sturdier wincey, men’s shirts, winter underwear. For winceyette, nightwear, sheets