Floating canvas

In tailoring, a floating canvas refers to a fabric panel sewn inside the front of a suit jacket or coat. The floating canvas adds structure to the front panel of a jacket, and ensures that the jacket drapes properly and maintains its shape over time.[1] It is traditionally made from horsehair, woven together with wool, cotton, or synthetic fibers. The floating canvas is loosely handstitched in place between the outer jacket fabric and the inner lining.[2]

A full canvas refers to a floating canvas that lies along the entire front of the jacket, from the shoulder seam and lapel to the bottom hem.[3]

A half canvas refers to a floating canvas that reaches from the shoulder seam and lapel to halfway down the chest.[3] A half canvas is often supplemented with fusible interfacing that provides structure to the remainder of the jacket front.[2]


  1. Shapira, J.A. "How To Tell A Quality Suit: Fused Vs. Canvassed". He Spoke Style. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  2. "Suiting 101: An Introduction to Suit Jacket Construction". The Compass: A Style Journal by Black Lapel. blacklapel.com. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  3. "Glossary of Men's Formal Wear Terms". SharpSense. Archived from the original on 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
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