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I’m embarking on a nice winter coat, but it’s a very old pattern and does not specify what kind of fabric I should be using for the underlining. The underlining is being basted to each piece of fashion fabric prior to sewing. My other fabrics are a medium weight wool blend and a nice quality coat lining for the inside. Does anyone have any idea of what I should use for the underlining? I don’t even know what weight of material it should be, and I’m inexperienced in coat making.
Thank you!


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    Oct 3, 2012, 01.04 PMby katexxxxxx

    Use needs to match purpose. If you are doing it for wind-proofing, you need something with a close, dense weave, like pillow ticking. If you want warmth, Thinsulate is the stuff,. If it’s to stabilize a loose weave fashion fabric, a light weight canvas…

    We shall shortly be making tailored coats out of silk dupion – the least tailorable type of silk on the planet! In order to give it the necessary oomph, it’ll get interlined with calico.

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    Oct 3, 2012, 02.49 PMby mwelland

    Thank you Kate!! That’s very helpful. Is it possible to use a Thinsulate in the body of coat and then just use muslin to reinforce the fabric in the arms? I’m worried about bulk, but would like it to be warm.

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      Oct 3, 2012, 04.33 PMby katexxxxxx

      Yes, perfectly fine.

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