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Would this type of fabric be suitable for a winter coat?
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Date: 10/5/10 12:56 PM

I just purchased some beautiful 50% wool 50% acrylic boucle fabric to make a knee length winter coat Butterick 5145. I have never sewn anything out of a boucle. Would this be suitable for a long winter coat. If so, I want it to be really warm so I want to interline it with something. I thought about a satin flannel back for the lining but what do you suggest to use for the interlining?

Read an article on the web about lining coats with Kasha satin flannel back lining from Vogue and the Sunback lining from Rosen and Chadick. Do they both have an insulating factor to them? Which one is better?
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Date: 10/5/10 1:53 PM

In the pre-down coat era, when my mom used to buy me a winter coat she would only buy an all wool coat. Additionally, that coat had to posess a interlining which was made out of fused wool fibers made into a felt-like fabric. The coat would as a matter of course have a Kasha lining as well.

Now, I grew up in Boston and witners were cold. I do remember wearing boucle coats and my mother wearing boucle coats for mid weight coats for a spring coat or for those coats that you wore before frost hit in the fall. I do remember some of those coats in the late 1960's into the mid 1970's made for teens with the boucle fused to a thickish cottony knitsimilar to sweatshirt knit. No, my mother wouldn't bother wasting her money on those coats. They were too trendy and not nearly warm enough for her taste.

The coats my mother bought us were always classic in style and were meant to be worn for three years. The between season cats could be a bit frivolous, (my sister had a pink herringbone princess coat with a mauve velvet collar) but the winter coats were serious. they had real work to do.

If you don't spend lots of time on train platforms or walking outdoors in your coat, but just put it on between car and home...the boucle might be fine.

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Date: 10/5/10 5:38 PM

Doesn't sound like it would be warm enough for cold Pennsylvania winters.

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Date: 10/5/10 6:19 PM

I think you could make your boucle warm enough for a cold climate if you interlined it with something warm and lined it with an appropriate selection. Maybe the discussion in the thread below will help you make your decision:

What to interline a coat with

HTH, Lily

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Edited: Oh shoot! That link did not work at all. Put "what to interline a coat with?" in the search box and change "patterns" to "board" and you'll get this thread. Sorry, I thought I knew how to make a link. --Lily
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Date: 10/5/10 6:51 PM

Glad you asked this question. I am always surprised at how thin "coating" seam compared to what a coat seems like. I have tended to think of the coating as providing the vast majority of thickness and warmth and structural body, but I don't think that is really the case when you talk about interlining, flannel backed lining, interfacing, etc.

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Date: 10/5/10 8:55 PM

Try underlining: This discusses what to use to underline a winter coat for warmth.

Or try this one, "will this work for coat lining?"

I used to live in western PA not far from where you are. It can get cold and occasionally windy. You'd want a tightly woven underlining to keep the cold breezes from getting thru a loosely woven fabric. I would also include a flannel backed satin lining for sure.

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Date: 10/7/10 11:53 PM

I have a related question. I have a loosely woven tweed that is an acrylic/wool blend. I am planning to make Vogue 7978 (an out of print pattern still available on the Vogue website) as a winter coat. I was planning to use flannel to interline it and and use fusible hair canvas for interfacing, and a warm lining like Kasha. I've been reading about coat/jacket construction and now I'm wondering whether I should be underlining it (with a fusible weft or something else) to give the fabric some stability, interfacing it, and interlining it. I'm just not sure if you can (or should) underline and interface a garment especially if the interfacing is a fusible.

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Date: 10/18/10 10:40 AM

I made a winter coat last year out of pinwale corderoy. I underlined the main pattern pieces with broadcloth, to which I fused a medium weight batting, and then lined with Kasha. This is a very warm coat. I am just cutting out another coat now, this time though I am going to interface with ripstop (nylon fabric that has little squares woven in, you see it as an outer layer of ski jackets) which is lightweight and blocks wind. I am also going to put a drawstring at the waist of the lining to cinch it in a bit to stop updrafts. For a warm coat make sure it buttons up close to the neck with a collar large enough to be flipped up when needed.
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