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Date: 9/15/12 9:22 PM

I have finally decided on a winter coat pattern. It is Vogue 1212

I will do a long version of the View B coat with also the View A sleeves. The pattern requires piping. My coat fabric is a scrumptious black wool. So I won't look like Darth Vader I would like to do the piping in a contrasting fabric. I have a really nice black faux leather in my possession and think that will be a great look. Here's my problem: I am concerned about dry cleaning. Does anyone know if when I go to dry clean the coat will it do something horrible like melt the faux leather? I see so many garments on line that appear to be blends of faux leather and ponte type knits. I doubt it is real leather in many of these based on the lower price point. What do you think about combining these two fabrics?

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Date: 9/16/12 1:11 AM

Years ago I had a wool kilt style skirt with faux leather buckles that came back from the cleaners cracked and ruined. Hopefully things have changed, but I would check the the cleaners before construction.

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Date: 9/16/12 4:22 PM

I think dry cleaning fluid might melt some faux leather, but then I don't hardly ever get anything dry cleaned. Maybe you need take your faux leather fabric sample and care instructions to the dry cleaners and ask just ask them or hve them drip some onto there first? I think way better safe than sorry later.

I do know that dry cleaning fluid will melt and actually make go away, Sulky puffy foam, and some people do that on purpose.

I think Ultra Suede scraps can probably handle dry cleaning pretty good, and maybe you could use those for your piping or just an insertion strip in there instead? But I would even ask the dry cleaners about that too, just since I always machine wash and dry my ultrasuede instead too.

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Date: 9/16/12 8:28 PM

Thanks so much for your responses. Our local dry cleaner is pretty much just a pitstop that ships thing quite far away to be cleaned. The other closest option is an hour and a half drive. I live in the boonies, minutes from the Canadian border.

That's an interesting comment about the puffy foam. I like the idea of the Ultrasued too! Thanks.

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Date: 9/16/12 11:13 PM

The reason that people sometimes embroider over puffy foam and then dry clean it to melt it out from under there, and get rid of it, on purpose, afterwards, is that way it makes all those stitches formed over the puffy foam that way, stand up loopy and further over the top of your fabric there. Especially if you have them wedged in pretty tight. Maybe you might want to do that for something like a lions mane, or an embroidery of a teddy bear. Even so, I think I would still put some fray check over the back of the fabric there, in the end though.

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