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Is it ok to use on the outside of a jacket
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Date: 3/10/14 6:42 AM

New to sewing (sort of - it's been a while)
I would normally think of flannel as the lining of a jacket. Can I use it on the outside and line with something else? I think it would look kind of cute, if I'm imagining it right.

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Date: 3/10/14 6:58 AM

If you think of PJ pants getting fuzzy with wear and the print fading, this would happen with it on the outside, especially at elbows and cuffs. For cute trim how about a sturdier fabric as elbow patches, cuffs, collar, or back yoke?

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Date: 3/10/14 7:35 AM

The fun of sewing is that you can experiment and do whatever you want. However, you do need to consider how the fabric will wear - GrammaB's advice. If you want to experiment, go for it.

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Date: 3/10/14 10:08 AM

I'd use the best quality flannel possible for that project. As mentioned, fabric wear is going to be a consideration.

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Date: 3/10/14 10:26 AM

Flannel used to make flannel shirts should work just fine for your projects.

A jacket should not be getting the same wear and tear as a pair of PJs.

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Date: 3/10/14 2:34 PM

I used some good-quality flannel for the collar and cuffs on a corduroy jacket. It was an outerwear jacket, with the same flannel for lining and a thin fleece for interlining. I loved the jacket, very soft and warm. But the flannel turn-back cuffs and upper collar got threadbare long before the rest of the jacket. Collars and cuffs do get a lot of wear. I would look for a collar or cuff fabric that is at least as durable as the main fabric, if not more.

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Date: 3/11/14 1:36 AM

When you think of wearing a jacket, getting in and out of the car, the back of the jacket rubbing on the back of the seat, and pulling on it to take it on and off, I would be leary of flannel. It can pill badly and get thin quickly if you wear the jacket a lot. After all the time it takes to make a nice lined jacket, I would use a higher quality fabric.

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Date: 3/11/14 5:48 AM

The hard part is finding high quality flannel. I was lucky to find some at an estate sale 5 years ago and made up a comfy jacket washed many times. Not threadbare or pilling yet. I did a flannel bias trim around the edges in a solid purchased contrast color and it has worn through.
I need to repair a few areas.
I dread the day when it does wear out but I have had a flannel plaid shirt for 20+ years.
All I can think of is the flannel made today is just not the same.
I would pay dearly for quality, non-pilling flannel if only I knew where to find it.

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