Added Mar 28, 2011
Los Angeles, Uni...
This is a coat I made a pattern from an old coat I bought from a vintage store and then redesigned/styled. It is made with boiled wool and is nice and warm. It has partial lined including in the cuffs, and the two front panels. I had fun making it, although transferring the style from a cotton based fabric to wool made it a technical process indeed, yet made the coat a completely different coat, which is what I wanted. :)
Boiled wool is fun to work with-just keep these things in mind: 1.when you cut your fabric, there will be a mess of little fuzzies everywhere. 2. To iron it, the best way is to have your iron on the wool setting, maybe a bit higher than medium heat, and use a wet cloth between your iron and the fabric for the most affective ironing. 3. The fabric can be easily stretched, so when you have the coat (or whatever you are sewing) partially sewn, baste the edges than could stretch before they actually do, and also just don’t keep it hanging on a coat hanger, because it will stretch if you leave it hanging there for too long. Once you are done sewing though, you don’t have to worry about that.
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