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Topic: Nuno Felting for Sewing-I want this jacket!  (Read 3868 times)
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« on: November 09, 2007 03:42:24 AM »

Sorry for the vague subject line! So I was reading a book that discussed Nuno felting, and from the finished product they made a cape and skirt. I was flipping through a Vogue Sewing Magazine *I don't really sew very often* and found a model wearing this coat http://img.sewingtoday.com/cat/20000/itm_img/V8307.jpg and fell in love. The coat is great and the stiffness of the fabric looks like it may work well for this technique. My question is would you guys recommend that I just felt a large sheet and cut my pieces out of that? I really love the look of the raw netting edge, so could I just cut a piece of fabric out 1/3 or so larger than the finished product to account for shrinking, just for say the collar? I've never used this technique before so any advice would be very apreciated.

"That which is creative must create itself -" Keats

« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2007 06:12:04 AM »

I think it ought to work (not sure about the amount of shrinkage - maybe make a test piece?).  The woven layer should help ensure that the felt doesn't bag with wear (if you think it might, then work all the felt pieces with a woven interlining to stop it stretching).  That said, how experienced are you at sewing?  That coat doesn't look like a simple pattern, and Vogue's instructions aren't always the clearest.

Will you post pictures if you go ahead - the end result ought to be stunning.

« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2007 04:31:02 PM »

I have had some experience sewing, but it is by *no* means my forte! According to the booklet I think it is considered a relatively easy pattern. I haven't actually purchased it however, and before I do I tend to read through the instructions to make sure I know what I'm getting into. I just have never made nuno/laminated felt so I don't know what it feels like or its drape, so I wanted to make sure it would be doable. I'm assuming it will end up similar to denim.

"That which is creative must create itself -" Keats

« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2007 05:21:43 PM »

Depends what you use as your base fabric and how thick you make it. Nuno felt is usually done with thin layers to make a gauze like or thinnish layer. I recommend you make some small test pieces first. Also, really look at the amount of yardage you will need to make the coat. You are signing up to make several yards of felt here. Perhaps you could make a plain felt for all of the coat except the collar and then make the outer edges of the collar with the exposed fabric edge. Or even make the coat of 'storebought' felt and embellish with nuno/ do the collar of nuno felt.
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2007 03:17:32 AM »

Very true, and the collar is such a large focal point people probably wont be too concerned with the body.

"That which is creative must create itself -" Keats

« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2007 01:33:02 PM »

I would felt a flat piece and then cut the pattern. In my experience, shrinkage depends on so many things and occures sometimes very quicly by fulling ! You could easily get too small parts if you cut them before.

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