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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / lining a coat with silk? on: December 23, 2010 03:18:40 PM
Does silk satin make an appropriate lining for a wool coat? It just seems so delicate, I'm not sure how well it would wear.

Also, what consequences might there be to using both silk and acetate together to make up the lining?

One last thing: If I do use silk for the lining, does that mean I should use silk thread?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: ruffly undies question on: December 08, 2010 01:47:30 PM
yep, pretty much. threadbanger did an episode on how to make ruffly undies. if you wanted to take a look you can find it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg_s9i8k9o0
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: "Edward Cullen "-Jacket..... on: December 06, 2010 09:44:24 PM
That little man is stylin'-and-a-half

...He may even be double-stylin'!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions about making a wool coat on: November 29, 2010 08:20:12 PM
Alright, apparently one does NOT use cotton to warm up a coat because it retains moisture, which bad I guess. I will be using an acetate lining and acrylic flannel for the interlining.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions about making a wool coat on: November 27, 2010 10:54:53 PM
K, I did some research on my own and here's where I'm at now:

1. I'm using a heavier twill for the mock-up

2. Anything woven (for durability) and insulating like flannel will do.

3. I will crappily hand-stitch if I find it's absolutely necessary. It's just for me and it'll hardly be noticeable anyway.

4. Polyester thread is fine.

5. I'll just have it dry-cleaned once a year, no big deal.

6. I will be using sateen, which is made from cotton. What I'm thinking is that it's still pretty durable, still pretty warm because it's cotton, and much cheaper than silk.

If anyone has anything to add, I'd still really appreciate it.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Coat lining and interlining on: November 25, 2010 02:54:13 PM
I making a wool coat and I want it to be really warm. What should I use to interline it?

And would a silk lining be all that much different from an acetate lining in terms of warmth?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How much fabric to make this coat? on: October 28, 2010 05:40:27 PM
Will 3 meters of wool be enough to make a slightly longer version of this coat with a hood? I haven't worked out a pattern yet but I want to take advantage of this sale that's ending soon.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Questions about making a wool coat on: October 07, 2010 08:52:46 PM
So I've decided I want to make myself a winter coat. I'm drafting my own pattern and I have a few questions before I get started and ruin my wool.

1. I will be making a mock-up out of broadcloth with shell and lining to check how the pattern works out and practice attaching a lining, but I'm wondering, since my coat will be made of wool with a fairly heavy interlining (I'm looking for kind of a tight batting... type of thing) and satin lining, will I have to add pretty substantial ease to the pattern so the final product will fit? Or will it the difference be pretty minimal?

2. Do I really need to use that heavy an interlining? I want this coat to be warm enough for -40 C, but it will be made of 100% wool and lined with satin, like I said, so would just a cotton interlining be good enough? OR could I use fleece or flannel or something? It's just that I'm having trouble finding heavier interlinings.

3. Is hand-stitching pretty essential if I want this to be a really nice coat? I have absolutely no practice with slip-stiching or anything like that. Are there short-cuts I can get away with? I guess it wouldn't be the end of the world to practice hand-stitching... but still.

4. What kind of thread should I use? Is polyester fine, or should I opt for the silk thread?

5. How can I ensure this doesn't have to be dry-cleaned? Do I have to pre-shrink the lining, maybe? ...Can one even pre-shrink satin? (still haven't decided if it'll be silk or polyester)

6. Is silk or polyester satin more appropriate for this project?

Any help with any number of these questions is greatly appreciated! I will most likely be adding to this as I go along.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Interview tips? on: September 21, 2010 11:57:36 AM
Can anyone give me some tips for my interview at an independant 60-year-old fabric store? Should I be dressed in something I made? Should I undermine the fact that I've next to no training in sewing? Etc.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Paper tape for a dress form? on: June 30, 2010 09:23:58 AM
So to anyone else in the same dilemma, I've found some paper tape. You have to look in crafts or art supply stores, not office supply stores. Got my dressform all made up now. Pretty awesome.
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