Sometimes fabrics take a while to find their true calling. Over 10 years ago I bought 2 metres of fantastic boiled wool fabric. It was going to be a skirt for myself, possibly with some fancy embellishment on the hem and some sculptural cut outs. If you had suggested that it would be great for my daughter's school coat, I would have laughed.
Little E is loving this coat, complete with it's non-regulation floral brushed cotton lining and shiny buttons*. We are still three weeks out from school, so the little badges are staying on the coat too, if only for a few weeks more.
*In a fit of tidying up, I can't find the pattern right now. The pattern was a dream to sew so I will get the details soon. I promise.