To keep your coat looking new we suggest the following:


Use wide shouldered hangers for coats and jackets.


Don't over-stuff pockets.  Overstuffed pockets will cause the fabric to lose its shape.  Eventually, pockets and  buttons will show strain.


After removing garment,  hang properly in a free current of air.  Woolen fabrics have memory and will bounce back into shape.  


Spot Cleaning:


If your garment gets wet, muddy or salt stained, let dry.  Mud/salt will brush off easily when the fabric is dry.


Minor spots and stains will usually respond to prompt treatment with warm water and a damp soft sponge or white cloth.  Gently dab the stain working from the edge of the stain inwards.  Let dry.



Removing Lint:


We suggest using a good quality lint brush to remove any lint.  When brushing, make sure you brush with the nap of the fabric.  The arrows of the brush should be pointing downwards as you brush downwards.  Brushing in the wrong direction will raise the nap of the fabric.


Clean lint brush frequently.


Dry Cleaning:


If your coat is worn daily, we recommend dry cleaning a least once a year by a reputable dry cleaner.  Coats by Mary Ellen offers cleaning services for your convenience.   


Wool Terminology .... because a well informed customer is the best customer.


Glossary Of Wool Fabric Terms:


Boucle:  A fabric knitted or woven with boucle yarns which produce a looped or knotted appearance on the surface and add texture and variety.  Loops may appear on one side, or on both sides of the cloth.



Cashmere:  The fiber which comes from the cashmere goat.  Cashmere is a fine fiber which is lightweight, soft, strong and warm.



Covert:  A closely woven twill fabric characterized by a speckled effect produced by two-ply yarns of one dark and one light strand.  Used for topcoats, suits and sportswear.



Felt A non-woven fabric made by layering thin sheets of carded wool fibres, then treating them with heat, moisture and pressure to produce a tightly felted or matted fabric which does not fray or ravel.  Used for crafts, accessories and trim and for many industrial applications.


Gabardine:  A durable, firmly woven twill worsted fabric with a clear, hard finish showing single diagonal lines on the face of the fabric. Available in different weights.



Herringbone:  A broken twill weave pattern with a balanced zigzag design which resembles the skeletal structure of the herring.  Available in different weights.


HoundstoothA woolen fabric featuring a small broken check pattern.



Jaquard Cloth Fabric featuring all-over sectional designs in colour or texture achieved by a jacquard mechanism acting on a latch needle or jack, which in turn acts upon the needle.  Jacquard fabrics generally come in two or three colours but as many as five or six colours can be incorporated. 



Lambswool:  Usually refers to the first shearing of the lamb under the age of 7 months.  Used in fabrics or products requiring a soft luxurious hand.


Melton Originally a hunting cloth.  The heavily fulled fabric has a dull finish which covers the weave. 


Merino:  The wool fiber obtained from the Merino breed of sheep.  Very fine in diameter.  Merino wool is used to produce the finest of wools.


Tartan:  A woolen fabric or two-up and down twill or plain weave in a number of different plaids of various colours, each belonging to a specific Scottish clan.


Tweed:  A durable fabric with a rough surface appearance, pliable yet firm in weave.  Mixed colour effects are produced by adding nubs prior to spinning.  Available in different weights.



Twill The second basic weave.  Shows a distinct diagonal line that runs from bottom left to top right on the face of the fabric, due to filling yarns passing over and under one or more warp yarns.


Virgin Wool:  Wool which has not been previously manufactured in any form.  Only products using 100% virgin wool may qualify for the International Wool Secretariat's Woolmark label.




Other Information:


Chamois Lined: Often we refer to our coats as "fully chamois lined."  What this means is that Coats by Mary Ellen lines all its winter coats with a special type of genuine leather(chamois).  The chamois is placed between the flannel backed lining and the shell of the coat.  The purpose of the chamois lining is to add a layer of  protective warmth from wind and cold.



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