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Reversible raincoat
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Date: 1/14/11 11:12 AM

I have a really great, double-faced raincoat fabric that I'd like to get the most of. One side is a funky floral and the other side is a much more tame solid navy blue. So I'm wondering if I could make a reversible coat.

I came across BS 08-2010-103 here (thank you, nice Russian people, for the archives), and because of the squared off seaming I thought it might work better than a traditional set-in sleeve. But...I've never done a reversible anything before, so I don't know if it's possible. Ultimately, I'd like to steal the hood off of the parka version of this coat in the same issue (#101, I think).

Any thoughts on this? Am I on the right track and, if not, what do I need to look for in a pattern to make this work? I'm presuming that I would do felled seams? I'd love to make this fabric work, but it cost me a pretty penny (and is now sold out) so I need to get it right the first time.

Thanks for the input!!
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Date: 1/14/11 7:34 PM

Bumpin' my own self. Lynn, feel free to move me if I'm in the wrong forum. Couldn't decide btwn tips and patterns.

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Date: 1/14/11 8:24 PM

Sewing a garment with double face fabric can be done of course but keep in mind that using a pattern with less seams is a much better choice and easier to make due to all the hand stitching you need to do.

See for sewing techniques:
sewing techniques double face fabric

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Date: 1/14/11 8:32 PM

While I don't have an answer for your question, I thought to leave your post here for a few days to see if you get more replies. If not, I can move it to another forum if you'd like.

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Date: 1/14/11 9:32 PM

els, thank so much for the great link! VERY informative and helpful! FWIW, this particular pattern only has a CB seam in the back - no princess seams and sleeves are cut-on w/ the back panels. Are curved seams (like princess seams) tricky to work with? Aside from keeping seams to a minimum, would I also be better off to avoid curved stitching?

And Lynn, thanks! :)

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Date: 1/14/11 11:17 PM

Check out Threads magazines. I've seen the articles from time to time.

The cloth with no wrong side , feb/mar 1997

Reversible Techniques for Double Cloth same feb/mar 2006

new ways to work with double-sided fabrics dec/jan 2010/2011

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Date: 1/14/11 11:27 PM

this screams reversible fabric

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Date: 1/16/11 11:12 PM

If the fabric doesn't ravel, then you can do a fake fell or welt seam. You may get best results if you trim one SA inside the fake fell, sew the SA, then trim about 1/8 outside the stitching, like applique.

If it ravels, a well-done flat fell seam will look great. You can also make these as a french seam, if you add a third pass to stitch down the seam allowance. If the fabric isn't too bulky, this may be the best way to get presentable results on both sides.

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Date: 1/17/11 0:31 AM

Thanks, Tom! That pretty much echoes the Threads article I found on sewing df fabric, so I'm glad to know I'm on the right track. FTR, my fabric doesn't ravel at all.

Good to see you here! Haven't seen you much these days and always appreciate your input and reviews! :)

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Date: 1/17/11 11:37 PM

Thanks for the kind words, Eve,

I did something similar a while back with a double-sided fleece. In that case, the two layers of fleece were fused with a layer of windblock between. It was also a much simpler pattern, basically a knit shirt that I made into a topshirt.

I'm starting to remember a few things I figured out back when I made it. To hem the pullover and the sleeves, I remember doing a line of machine basting (you know, with like zero tension) about an inch back from the raw edge. I then separated the two layers back to the basting line, and trimmed one side back to the basting. Fold the long side up, an stitch close to the edge. Since it doesn't ravel, it worked great. In this case, I recall that the layers didn't look great at the edges after pulling them apart, so I needed to trim a little after hemming.

Around the zipper, I used a piece of the pulled apart layer to cover the zipper tape.

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