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Date: 8/23/13 2:59 PM

Am going to start a cape from a wool blend. It is kind of heavy so probably doesn't need a lining but I think it would look better. What kind of fabric should I use?

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Date: 8/23/13 9:08 PM

I would get an antistatic polyester lining similar to what RTW uses in coats from Hancocks or JoAnns (I don't buy online). It would give it the body you want and would keep it from sticking to your clothes that you are wearing under it.

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Date: 8/23/13 9:31 PM

Wool is warm because of the air spaces in the fibers. A poly lining could make it too hot, like being wrapped in a plastic bag under a wool blanket. Look at a heavy silk or rayon or acetate, instead You'll have less static cling as well.

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Date: 8/24/13 5:49 AM

I say it depends: is it for a costume or something you are planning on wearing during cold weather? If it is for cold weather and you want to keep warm, I would line it with cotton twill; if for a costume affair, I would line it with taffeta or a poly blend. Just my 2 cents.

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Date: 8/24/13 2:30 PM

This will be for wearing during cold weather. I like being able to tuck things under a cape instead of trying to hold the front of a coat closed over items (read books).

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Date: 8/24/13 5:16 PM

You may also want to consider cotton flannel or velvet (cotton or silk). Both are soft on the skin, and warm, but breathable. You may get static issues when it's really cold, though.

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Date: 8/30/13 11:18 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions. We don't have a big choice in dressmaking fabrics within our 150 mile shopping radius so I had to go with a poly/rayon blend. I was shooting for a finished project by August 31, tomorrow. At least I will get it cut out then, and except for some canning and freezing pies I have all weekend to sew.

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