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Date: 4/1/13 10:17 PM

So I had a job interview in NYC today, and coincidentally it was in the garment district and I had a few hours to kill before my bus back to Philly.

I wandered around Mood for a good long time touching and getting swatches. They had this incredible and very expensive double-faced cashmere from Italy that I fell in love with. It is a lovely soft minty/sea-foam green so it really stood out in the wall of sensible earth-toned fabric.

So can double-faced fabric be split? I mean, I did split apart a corner of the swatch and it CAN be split. But does it make any sense? The double-faced fabric didn't feel like it had enough drape for the coat that I would want to make it out of it someday when I get confident enough to actually cut into fabric that cost $120/yard. Although I did a quick search on Google images for "double cashmere" and saw a Ralph Rucci skirt suit (purple!) from 1994 suggested price $31,000!

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Date: 4/1/13 11:15 PM

I guess two layers have been bonded together to create a fabric with certain properties/qualities. If you take it apart those properties (durability, for example) will be lost. I am looking for a soft drape coating fabric too....

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Date: 4/2/13 9:16 AM

At Mood they had plenty of wools and wool blend with soft drape, and single faced cashmeres too. I was really attracted to the color of that particular fabric though. It would definitely not be an everyday coat. I overheard an older gentleman who cuts the fabric advise a customer who was about to buy some very lovely and lusturous black cashmere that it should be a once-a-week coat.
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Date: 4/2/13 3:33 PM

Luscious fabric!

There are special tchniques for working with double faced fabric. They are not difficult, but handwork and time are involved.

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Date: 4/2/13 6:15 PM

Thanks for that. Does that mean if one were to make a coat out of
double-faced fabric that there wouldn't be any interfacing or lining needed? I am curious about how the tailoring techniques would
apply to vents and collars.

It certainly is luxurious fabric though. Sooooooo soft.
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