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Message Board > Fitting Woes > source for heavy(ier) weight muslin ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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source for heavy(ier) weight muslin
muslin fabric for winter jacket/coat fitting
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Date: 1/22/12 2:57 PM

I am gathering together what I need to make a winter jacket (vintage pattern). I have a bolt of light/med weight muslin and also assorted other fabrics which I use for muslins, but I want a heavy, med-heavy weight for fitting an outside jacket/coat. Does anyone know of a source? I would be willing to buy by bolt, in fact as I am planning on (eventually) making at least a few outside jackets and coats, a bolt would probably be my best choice. What has anyone else used for this type of project?

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Date: 1/22/12 5:31 PM

Are you looking for true muslin, just heavier? Or are you looking for suggestions for heavier-weight fabrics suitable for a winter coat mockup? What are you making the finished coat from?

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Date: 1/22/12 6:24 PM

I really want a true muslin. The (first)jacket I intend to make is wool. This stuff red plaid jacket wool fabric I have also ordered some Shetland wool for a different jacket/look...this stuff...stripe jacet wool I will be using vintage patterns for both.

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Date: 1/22/12 6:34 PM

I forgot to add, to give a better idea of the kind of jacket I have in mind. I also have light-weight swiss wool that I am going to interline the pattern pieces with and am looking into Sunback for the lining. I have some hair canvas for chest piece if needed. I have never done anything like this before and am quite excited about it.

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Date: 1/22/12 8:18 PM

Hmmm. I'm making a lightweight fall coat from some FM Shetland wool, too, and I was just going to use my regular 60" wide muslin.

We do mockups for two reasons--to test the fit of the garment, and to test the drape of the pattern; to see if the fabric we want to use will be appropriate. In this case, you already know that your wool has the proper hand and drape for a winter jacket. So you don't really need a heavy muslin for that. As for fit, because it's outerwear, where you want some definite ease, the muslin doesn't have to be fitted so, so very precisely (like a wedding gown)... you just need to know if you have your basic size and standard pattern alterations down. In which case, I would still use regular muslin for fitting there.

I switch to heavier fabrics like canvas to fit muslins for corsets or bodices that need to do actual structural work of altering the shape or position of parts of my torso. But when I make jackety-type things, I feel comfortable with my results with regular muslin.

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ALL THAT SAID :D, you might try a nicer quilt shop, where the cottons are a bit higher-end. They might have something with a good deal more hand to it. (Also, if you're ever looking for muslin that's super soft, that's a good place to check.) But you'll also be paying quilt shop prices.

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Date: 1/22/12 8:27 PM

I bought heavier weight muslin from Gorgeous fabrics to use for a toile of my upcoming leather jacket. It's a good weight and body for coats and outer jackets.












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Date: 1/23/12 5:26 AM

Thank you, Stirwaters and Nancy, I will check out both your tips. I do not want to spend any more than necessary, but of course also want to make sure I get what I think I need. Was thinking maybe cotton duck might work too? One good thing about this is that no matter what I get, it will be a welcome addition to my muslin stash, even if I have to get a couple of different types before getting the right one. I will start by ordering from Gorgeous Fabrics, as you suggested Nancy, if it worked for you, for that type of jacket it will probably work for the jacket I have in mind.
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Date: 1/23/12 7:08 AM

I was thinking cotton duck will provide the heavier weight. If you went that route, check out Dharma Trading. They have the best rates and are fantastic people. They have muslin too but I don't think it's heavy weight.

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Date: 7/18/12 5:35 PM

I'm coming late to this thread, but this is useful so I thought I'd bump it with my questions. I'm planning a coat project and wondering what to use for the muslin/mockup. I stumbeled across great page with lots of useful information One participant suggests using a tailoring weight muslin she purchased at the FIT bookstore. While that certainly sounds like a professional option, I wonder if there isn't a more cost effective way? Could I find simply a very cheap coating fabric for a practice coat? I want to do a very nice job with this, but don't want to spend any extra money I don't need to.

FYI, I am thinking of Butterick 5716 though the yardage is putting me off. I may consider a simpler capeinstead. I like the loose, casual yet chic feel of that Butterick pattern. I'm considering a camel or oatmeal colored wool flannel or something along those lines.

I have made a full coat for my son before, with lining and interlining, which I think was good practice. I will also make a nice coat for my baby girl soon, with lining and perhaps interlining too before I tackle one for me.

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Date: 7/30/12 4:06 PM

Seattle Fabics has some interesting options for heavier cotton.

http://seattlefabrics.com/cotton.html


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