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Date: 1/2/12 9:51 PM

I've been charged with finding fabric for a new lining for an old Harris tweed jacket of my husband's. (The actual work of re-lining will be performed by a local professional seamstress!)

How much yardage do I need? It's a 40 regular, I believe -- an average-sized jacket. Will 1 1/2 yds of 45" be enough, or do I need 2 yds? (The jacket has a 1/2 lining in the back, but the fronts and sleeves are fully lined.)

Thanks for any advice.

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Subject: Lining for a mans suit coat / jacket Date: 1/6/12 11:39 AM

Personally, I would get 2 yards just to be safe. Does your seamstress have an opinion?

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Date: 1/7/12 4:36 PM

2yds of 45in. lining seems a little tight for a full lining, but it should be ok for a half lining. Are the sleeves in the old one worn out, or can they be saved? It's not that unusual for the sleeve lining to be a different color.

1 1/2 is probably fine, but lining fabric costs maybe $6/yard (OK, maybe $12 if you have to be specific about color or content). So, I'd totally spend get an extra 1/2 yard as good insurance to save a trip back to the store.

How are the rest of the seams finished? When I do a new half-lining, I use the same fabric to make bias strips for a Hong Kong finish of the exposed seams. You probably want a closely matching or coordinating color if you have something similar in this coat.

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Date: 1/7/12 5:20 PM

The seamstress left it up to me, and I got the 2 yards, to be on the safe side.

It is a 1/2 lining, so 2 yards looks like plenty, unless it's cut inefficiently.

This jacket's original lining was not lightweight, and I wanted to make sure I matched the weight and quality well (it's a real Harris Tweed, entering 'vintage' territory), so I ended up spending more than I had planned on it.

The seamstress also expressed reluctance to return any remnants (I guess she has a remnant bin, too ) so I didn't want to go overboard on yardage.

Thanks for your replies!

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Date: 1/20/12 3:02 PM

Update: My husband got his jacket back today, and the seamstress he hired did a fine job. I looked it over, and was quite relieved to find that I could certainly not have done it better myself. I'll have to recommend her around.

The 2 yards was plenty. (I should have mentioned that I ended up buying 60 inch wide lining fabric.) She did return the remnant, in one piece, and there are 48 inches of length left at 36 inches wide, and another 28 inches of length at 15 inches wide. So I think the 2 yards would have done even for a full lining, if anyone is ever reading this and wondering about that. And I think I can easily get a skirt lining out of the leftovers.

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