The Rich and Deep History of Gabardine Fabric
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The Rich and Deep History of Gabardine Fabric

The Rich and Deep History of Gabardine Fabric

The Rich and Deep History of Gabardine Fabric

A very long time ago at 1879 a man named Thomas Burberry, the founder of the Burberry fashion house in Basingstoke, has invented the Garbardine Fabric. It was made of an original fabric and waterproofed clothing. It was tightly woven and water-repellant, but more comfortable than rubberized fabrics. The word “gabardine” has been used to refer to a “dress” or “a covering” since the 1590s. Gabardine is a tough, tightly woven fabric used to make suits, overcoats, trousers, uniforms, windbreakers.

Many of the fibers are also used to make variations of gabardine, including cotton, silk, synthetic fibers (i.e. rayon), and fiber blends. Polyester gabardine, on the other hand, is sometimes called “gabardreme.” Also, the fabric takes its name from the word “gabardine,” which is originally a long, loose cloak or gown worn in the Middle Ages; however, it was later signifying a rain cloak or protective smock-frock.

Significant Figures Who’ve Worn Gabardine

Thomas Burberry and his gabardine.(Picture from

Gabardine was worn by many polar explorers, particularly a man named Roald Amundsen, who was the first to reach the South Pole in 1911; and Ernest Shackleton, who led a 1914 expedition to cross Antartica. Also, the latter is the first man to ever attempt to climb the outrageous mountains in the world “Mount Everest” in 1924. Meanwhile, the man who was known to use a jacket made from Gabardine was George Mallory during his ill-fated attempts and adventures of which he found the fabric to be very useful.

Furthermore, overcoats that were made in Gabardine fabric in various forms have been used by militaries since the late 18th century, and were specifically associated with winter campaigns, such as Napoleon’s Russian campaign. The full length overcoat was once again popularized by the use during World War 1 of the trench coat. Gabardine fabric, stereotypically, embodies certain features in common and chiefly made into suits and overcoats. It is a relatively strong and firm cloth, made with a twill weave, and somewhat resembling whipcord but of lighter texture.

Gabardine Fabric and Neil Patrick Harris

Now, if you are fun of movie series, you should first think of an American actor, director, singer, comedian, magician, and television host no other than who always wear a suit and make use of it to any challenge he accept – that is Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973), who also known as “Barney Stinson” in the hit TV series “How I Met Your mother,” was began in September 19, 2005.

Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson.(Picture from

Harris’ character illustrates how he can’t live without wearing his suits. He has a friend name Ted, whose attire is casual, whom he commences just how important suits were to him. He said, “Think of me Like Yoda, but instead of being little and green I wear suits and I’m awesome. I’m your bro-I’m Broda!” That particularly put an urge for Ted to stand up and fight whatever challenges that comes to his life. This just goes to show how Gabardine fabric has rocked the modern ages.

Gabardine Fabric on Sewing

This kind of fabric is quite easy to sew, but hard to press. It also presents difficulties for introducing ease. One way to underline gabardine is with bias-cut light weight hair canvas. The use of rayon thread and a finer needle makes for especially good buttonholes. It was during the modern times that Gabardine fabric became useful for its existence.


Alvin is a fashion and lifestyle writer who has recently earned interest in sewing his own clothes. Writing for Sewing Ideas gives him another avenue to express his experiences and learning in his sewing journey.

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