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New lining for Mister's vintage coat!

Added Feb 24, 2011

by laurwyn

Tilburg, Netherl...






Last year, my Mister found a vintage woolen coat in a second hand shop. It was pure luck! It has a great shape and the outside wool was in a great state. After a bit of research, we found out that it was a Dutch Police coat from the 60’s or 70’s. We had a few clues on the buttons and on a label that I kept religiously. Anyway, Mister has been wearing it for a year, almost every colder day. The problem with him is that he tends to put things in his pockets, and that is how it started. I agreed to fix his pockets and I took a look yo the whole thing. The conclusion was bad!

- The side of both pockets were torn.
- The buttons have fallen and have been sewn back through the lining, with uneven inside small buttons.
- The lining was worn out along the seams and hems. Used to the cord.
- The lining also became washed out in spots that encounter more friction.


1) Dry clean the coat!
2) Remove the buttons
3) Carefully remove the lining
4) Trace the seam and hem lines on the old lining and iron
5) Trace the pattern
6) Fix pockets
7) Reinforce the fabric where the buttons will go back and sew them
8) Copy the pattern on the new lining fabric
9) Sew two inside welt pockets
10) Assemble the pieces of the main body and assemble the sleeves (while keeping them off the body)
11) Sew lining along the facing and secure at the armholes
12) Sew sleeves lining from the wrist up and, finally, at the armholes
13) Hem

The process was VERY long but so interesting! And guess who is a happy bunny?

I am only posting pictures of “after”. I have documented the whole thing on my blog , if you are interested…

Material Notes

silk for the lining




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Geek, Vintage

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    Feb 25, 2011, 07.31 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    you did such a great job with the lining. the coat looks fab now and is ready to be used for the next decade or so. i know, that the job of doing a new lining is extremly difficult, but you did (as allways) quite a masterpiece! my respect!

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    Feb 24, 2011, 07.17 PMby janul

    Your boyfriend is lovely! And so is the coat, I love it! Great job on the lining…

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    Feb 24, 2011, 06.11 PMby bopippdo

    a very nice job!!

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    Feb 24, 2011, 05.19 PMby laelw2000

    How very clever and resourceful of you to line the coat. It is a handsome coat. I love things with a history.

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