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Topic: Warm winter pea coat WITHOUT wool! Fabric suggestions?  (Read 1475 times)
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« on: September 26, 2009 06:40:28 PM »

Hello everyone.  I'm a vegan, and as such I don't eat, buy or wear anything with any animal products.  This includes leather, silk and wool.  I really like well-structured, tailored winter coats like pea coats.  I am a wimp in the cold, so I want something really warm and insulating.  Wool and animal fibers are best since they are made for keeping a body warm, but I'm hoping I can find an alternative.  I am more than willing to sew my own coat (but will also buy if you know of anything!)  I'd like to avoid polyester and polar fleece in favor of natural fibers, but not sure if that's possible.

I was also thinking I could make it in cotton (maybe a twill) or hemp and lining it, but I'm not sure how to line it for warmth, either.

ANY tips are greatly appreciated!  I've never sewn for warmth before.

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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2009 07:35:29 PM »

I'm in the same boat. I am making a winter coat out of velboa but don't know what to line it with so that it's thick and cozy for the cold snowy days. Anyway, denim or twill would be a good choice. Only downside is they're not hydrophobic, but they are warm and made of natural fibers.
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2009 09:09:25 AM »

I'd go for cotton and line it with more cotton.  Hemp seems to me on the cool side.
As for the velboa, I think it is a great idea, since it is a fantastic, soft, warm fabric.  100% polyester though.  Not a single natural fiber in it.  If you're ok with that, then just use batting to line your coat and you'll be really warm.

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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2009 11:39:21 PM »

A lot of cheap pea coats are made with no natural fibers at all, just polyester. Look up thinsulate. I think voguefabrics.com sells it. The properties of wool are hard to mimic. It stays warm even while wet.
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2009 04:18:21 PM »

Have you checked into felt?  I'm sure that there are felts now that aren't made from wool, and I think there are types of fleece that have thinsulate-type treatments on them.  Good luck!

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