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I’m currently tackling the Burda Talea coat, but the pattern for the lining is not provided (except for the sleeves).

I’m trying to decide whether I should just line the sleeves, as per the Burda instructions, OR draft my own lining pattern.

I’ve never drafted or sewn a coat lining before. Does anyone have suggestions for a good tutorial on this for a first-timer?

Many thanks in advance for your advice!


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    Jan 6, 2014, 11.05 AMby katensew

    Lining the sleeves certainly makes the coat easier to get on ! It will also help to prevent “bagging” at the elbow.

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      Jan 6, 2014, 12.24 PMby liaifen

      Is it advisable to only line the sleeves, as per the instructions? Or should I really attempt to line the whole coat?

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    Jan 6, 2014, 01.00 PMby PennyMac

    You’re going to be putting a lot of work into that coat and you will want a result that you are completely happy with. Not only does a lining improve the look and wear of a garment but if there are small imperfections on the inside (and speaking just for my own work, there usually are!) they are hidden by a lining.

    I’ve got a rain coat I made years ago. I love the outside of it but every time I wear it I wish I’d extended the half lining (just sleeves and shoulders) to be a full lining (I’m too lazy to go back and change it now).

    So in my opinion, as soon as you ask yourself the question ‘should I line it?’ you know the answer: ‘yes’. If you type “how to draft a lining pattern” into Google you’ll find plenty of advice. Good luck!

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      Jan 6, 2014, 05.03 PMby katexxxxxx


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    Jan 6, 2014, 05.26 PMby Jonathan Selig

    Personally, if you are able to, line it.

    If I were really stuck, I’d talk to a local tailor/seamstress. Good ones are a fount of knowledge, and in my experience, don’t mind giving someone 5 minutes of advice. I had a wool coat that I bought second hand, it was too big for me through the body, and the seamstress was invaluable in telling me about the overall construction, materials and if it was worth while taking in. In the end we didn’t because the alterations were extensive, and it would have been a shame to ruin such a well made coat.

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    Jan 6, 2014, 08.48 PMby clothingengineer

    I would line the whole coat.

    When I made my Burda trench I drafted a coat lining pattern for the first time using Tailoring: The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket as my reference. I highly recommend this book; it is easy to understand, inexpensive, and covers traditional as well as fusible construction.

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      Jan 7, 2014, 03.19 AMby liaifen

      Thanks for this recommendation! I’ve been surfing the web, and have found a handful of tutorials. But I haven’t felt confident that I knew how to pick the right one to follow. I will give this one a try!

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    Jan 7, 2014, 03.22 AMby liaifen

    Thank you so much, everyone, for your advice. I’m going to go for it, and draft my first coat lining!! Woohoo!

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    Jan 16, 2014, 10.18 AMby motera

    Another option, easier, would be to interline the unlined pieces . Essentially taking the fashion fabric and the lining fabric, cutting them the same , putting them together and treating as one piece of fabric, then finishing the seams nicely with a hong kong finish. This way, you cover the imperfections and scratchiness of the wool, help the fabric drape better, and have a very professional finished inside to the coat.

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