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« on: August 03, 2006 06:32:34 AM »

I want to re-line my winter coat before the snow starts to fly. Because it's a bit of an undertaking, I want lining I'll be really happy with and will be worth the effort. The coat is a simple knee-length black wool peacoat and the original lining is a pretty slate-blue satin; I loved having a flash of color inside my coat! Unfortunately, the lining didn't wear so well.

So I want to make a new lining but I can't seem to find quite what I'm looking for. I googled and browsed but everything seems to be too boring or too cheapy or not right for a coat. What I am looking for is a lining that feels luxurious (ideally, satiny... I'm going to be wearing this a lot and if I'm going to do this much hand sewing I want to feel like I'm treating myself), is suitable for the wear a winter coat would get and is pretty (ideally a print, but I'd be reasonable happy with a nice bright color).

Sooo... anyone have any sources for something like this? I can't seem to find anything like this anywhere.  Huh

I'd be so super grateful I'd... umm... jump around in your honor for several minutes! Imagine!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2006 06:40:10 AM »

You might be interested in flannel-backed satin, a heavy lining often used for coats because the flannel side adds some insulation and it helps block the wind. Joann/Hancocks sometimes have a few colors.  Fabric.com has a selection right now: http://www.fabric.com/apparel-fashion-fabric-flannel-fabric-flannel-backed-satin.aspx
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2006 09:19:40 AM »

I hate lining fabrics - they're always too thin, too slippery and too boring. When possible I try to use real fabric - in this case a nice heavy satin or light silk; maybe even a rayon if it's silky enough to slide over your clothing and NOT stretchy. (Stretchy linings tend to sag out.) It will get VERY heavy, but you could also consider upholestery fabric - a polished cotton, maybe. That way you could have a bright solid color, or even a print if you like.

The fabric might get a little bulky in the sleeves - you could use a boring lining there to keep the sleeves from getting too tight. The sleeve lining usually doesn't show, and if you lined the sleeves with black it shouldn't stand out if someone did see it.

Oh, one tip. Whatever method you use to clean your coat, be sure to have the lining treated that way before you start sewing with it. Even 'dry cleaners' sometimes shrink things, and you don't want to waste all that work!
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2006 09:48:16 AM »

All good ideas, and good tips thanks so much!  Cheesy

I had considered using a printed silk for the lining but my bf thought it wouldn't wear so well. He isn't a fabric expert by any stretch of the imagination, but is he right?

Because that is what I had really wanted to use... but spending all that time and money and falling in love with it only to have it wear out/ get ruined would be a bad scene  Sad
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2006 10:59:32 AM »

It would depend on the print. I can see a cheaply made print wearing out and fading after a year or two of use, particularly under the arms (sweat, etc.) But cheap fabric will do that even if it's a solid. If you get a good quality, heavy fabric, you should be okay.
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2006 12:43:12 PM »

Silk charmeuse in particular is a nice lining fabric, a little $$$, but you can find some reasonable deals (frex, Thai Silks http://thaisilks.com/promo/2006_cs_06.html or Fabric Mart http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/controller/catalog.php?cat_id=64 among others, or buy undyed and paint your own). Silk is damaged by oils & dirt, so you would need to be more vigilant in having the coat cleaned regularly than with other linings. And if there is a high-stress area, you might want to reinforce the seams.
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