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Date: 4/29/13 8:58 PM

Hi, I am interested in trying to make a jacket and I am looking for some opinions/information that I can't really find. I bought McCall's #6657 (rated "easy") and I want to make view A with the big fake fur collar. The pattern recommends wool, and I am looking to buy a 50/50 wool/polyester heavyweight that is dry clean only. I have never sewn with this type of material before, but I assume that even if it says it is "heavyweight", I might need more for this coat since I live in a cold winter area with cold winds. I thought that polartec would be good for a lining, but then I saw on the Mill direct website that it cannot be dry cleaned. I have looked around on the net and some people recommend batting, lambswool, kasha, etc, interlining, underlining and so on. I would like to wear this jacket for car trips (I will not be working outside in this coat but the car is very cold in the morning!). So should I try to make this jacket with just the wool blend and a lining, should I try to inter and/or underline it with something, or should I just make it out of polartec 200 so that I can wash it? I like the sound and look of the wool blend, I think it looks more classy but with kids and animals, it will probably get dirty and need to be cleaned and I dislike drycleaning dependence. Any tips and info would be greatly appreciated. 6657
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Date: 4/29/13 10:34 PM

I live in Michigan and it gets cold. I have plans to make a coat this fall and underline it with Thinsulate. It can be dry cleaned. You would still need a lining with thinsulate.

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