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Date: 11/4/13 9:38 AM

I'm planning a warm hooded winter jacket for a trip to Iceland in december, and I was thinking about ways to make it extra warm. I have a nice boiled wool for the shell and was planning to underline the whole thing with a densely woven suiting for some extra warmth and stability. The whole thing would be lined in cotton flannel, apart from the sleeves (I'd use something slippery on that, to make getting in and out of it easier). I've layered the fabrics together and think I might even get away with an extra layer of flannel on the front and back pieces.

My main question is this: I just moved house and currently don't have a washing machine nearby, so I try to limit prewashing to a minimum. I know flannel can shrink like hell, but is it really necessary to preshrink it if it's going into a garment that won't be washed anyway? Would giving it a steaming with an iron do the trick in this case?

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Date: 11/4/13 9:52 AM

Two thoughts - one is that flannel will sometimes shrink with the slightest amount of moisture, so you may find it will continue to shrink even while you are pressing it during the construction of the coat. Two - I like to prewash to get the chemicals out.

Iceland in December! Wow - that will be an interesting trip.

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Date: 11/4/13 9:58 AM

Thanks for replying, I think I'll just soak it in a tub of hot water for a bit to be sure.

It will definitely be interesting! A friend of mine got an internship in Reykjavik and we decided to visit het for New Year's Eve on a whim... I've never been this far north at this time of year, but she left today so she'll be able to give us some advice on what to pack by then. I'll probably get some thermal leggings and warmer socks, and maybe sew a flannel slip to wear under my dresses or something.

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Date: 11/4/13 11:40 AM

Look into a product called "thinsulate." It's extremely lightweight and warm. I know you're in Belgium and I have no idea if it's readily available there, but you can read about it here. Thinsulate. and here 3M Corporation Good luck.

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Date: 11/4/13 6:02 PM

I would not use cotton. Would take forever to dry if you got it wet/damp . The thinsulate suggested would work better & be much warmer as would a thin good quality polar fleece.

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Date: 11/4/13 6:38 PM

...Also, pre-washing and drying by machine can make the fabric really fluff up and get denser--things that you WANT in a coat lining.

Different fabric, but I just bought some hopsack linen/rayon at JA, and brought home a fabric that was substantial, but felt lightweight, airy, and semi-sheer. After running it through the laundry on hot/high, I now have a beautiful, soft, dense heavyweight fabric.

I don't think you'd get that same effect doing it by hand. And flannel can be pretty stiff and crisp on the bolt; that washing will fluff it up a lot.

If you're really trying to avoid pre-washing (and trust me, I'm right there with you--I have an iffy laundry situation and am counting the days until it's resolved so I can pre-treat all my new wool), then you may want to go with another lining, like previous posters recommended.

Good luck! And, wow--Iceland!! Have a fantastic trip!

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Date: 11/4/13 7:53 PM

You could look for a quilted lining. It is very warm and light weight.
The non-slippery flannel may make whatever you are wearing underneath crawl up your back. I had a nylon jacket with a flannel lining and ended up cutting the lining out completely for that reason.

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Date: 11/4/13 9:08 PM

I think I would prewash it. I made a jacket for DH last winter & the original flannel I bought fell apart with prewash. So I think I would definitely prewash just to be sure it is quality, & also colorfast.

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Date: 11/5/13 2:09 PM

I always wash and dry fabric first, unless it is dry clean only. Especially a lining that will be next to the skin, to take out the chemicals and make it softer. I realize a jacket lining isn't next to your skin, but still it's nice to have a soft lining. Maybe you can ask a friend to use her washer and dryer? The dryer shrinks the fabric more than the washer sometimes.

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Date: 11/5/13 2:21 PM

The thing is that cotton really is not warm, and if it gets damp--unlike wool--it stays cold (and takes forever to dry).

Personally, for the sake of warmth, lightness, and comfort, I'd go with a lightweight wool or a light synthetic fleece as an underlining.

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