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Date: 9/23/12 12:34 PM

I recently purchased an exquisite cotton velveteen, washable, that I would like to make into a jacket. I am considering Marcy Tilton's Vogue 8676Vogue 8676, a really simple design so the fabric will stand out.

It is very cold up here and I want to make this a winter jacket. I know the options of using Kasha, lining with flannel, quilted fabric (too bulky), etc. What I am wondering, is there a high tech fabric that will be lightweight and keep me very warm, without adding too much bulk? I looked at the Rain Shed website and there are so many of these that I don't know the difference between one and another. Any suggestions? Today's skiwear is formfitting and light. That is the type of insulation I would like. I am overwhelmed by options whose names mean nothing to me. Thanks for any help offered.

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Date: 9/23/12 4:07 PM

Thinsulate...there are different weights for varying warmth available .

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Date: 9/23/12 4:24 PM

I was going to say the same thing. Available here:
Vogue Fabrics thinsulate

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Date: 9/23/12 6:54 PM

Order swatches from Rain Shed (or Outdoor Wilderness or similar) -- it's the best way to figure out what you need.

Also, the online stores have quite good online instructions and help info on their insulations.

I once made my daughter a winter coat (from a KwikSew windbreaker pattern) that was cotton corduroy on the outer layer. I layered that with a lightweight woven ripstop-type nylon to block the wind, then a 'raw' thinsulate (without the covering...my sister gave me the remnants from a jacket she'd made and I pieced them together), then another layer of something similar to the nylon. Then I quilted a cotton lining to coordinate with the corduroy. It was extremely warm even when outside for several hours. And has lasted through several children's use. Last I heard it had gained a fur edging on the hood and cuffs to cover the wear on the edges.

I think you could skip the inside layer of nylon and the quilting of the lining if you used the covered thinsulate, but it's a little stiffer in the final garment than the uncovered stuff. (Warning: the uncovered thinsulate is sticky, rather like a spider-web.)

But I determined what insulation to use from samples/swatches I ordered online.

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Date: 9/23/12 8:29 PM

You can check out the Malden Mills site at: http://www.milldirecttextiles.com/

I buy from them and have used it for coats, linings, leggings, mittens and more. There are many weights and configurations.

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Date: 9/24/12 9:21 PM

Thank you, everyone, for your input. It has been very helpful.

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Date: 9/25/12 6:19 AM

In the outdoor industry, outerwear is never mde from cotton (wet ccotton kills, as they say) due to the fact that it retains moisture, causing the body temps to lower. In an urban setting this would be not so important, BUT wet cotton will still make you cold. You may want to insert a membrane under the outer fabric to negate that effect. I believe that Rockywoods may have in the past carried waterproof membrane fabrics, if my memory serves. Not sure about currently though.

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Date: 9/25/12 6:25 AM

Here it is

Waterproof breathable liner fabric

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Date: 9/25/12 7:10 AM

I recommend ordering the Insulation and Quilt/Pile swatches from The Rain Shed. They also sell heavier cotton fabrics and might be able to recommend something specifically for your project.

Seattle Fabrics is another outdoor fabric source.

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Date: 9/25/12 8:50 AM

great information. I am making a coat and looking for warmth also. Thanks

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