I am in the process of making a winter coat (trying to get a jump on things this year!) and am wondering about linings. The coat fabric is a navy blue wool melton and I am interlining it with Thinsulate so it will be functional all winter. I wanted a really neat lining – a bright or pretty print, stripe, plaid, etc. but I’m having a hard time finding anything except the usual solid colors. Has anyone ventured out into different fabrics for linings – poly satin, brocades, jacquard, taffeta, poly twill? Anyone have experience with this? Or know of a good source? 🙂
You can use just about anything for a lining, but here are some guidelines to consider: weight, colorfastness, static, and compatibility with the wool and interlining.
With a very heavy wool plus an interlining, your lining can be and probably should be featherweight, to avoid unnecessary bulk. You'll need a lining that can handle the same laundering/dry cleaning care that the other two layers will receive, and you'll want to make sure that whatever you choose won't create extra static with the interlining.
For that reason, I would avoid brocades and polyesters but look at jacquarded silks, or perhaps a pongee or other very lightweight silk. Most RTW coats are lined in acetate, which comes is delicious colors and patterns but requires drycleaning.
Have fun and let us know what you choose!
Have a look at dress fabrics. Any slippery lightweight fabric will work as a lining. And usually, the brighter, bolder patterned fabrics work best in a plain wool jacket or coat. Just make sure that the fabric can be cleaned the same way as the finished coat is going to be cleaned. Cathy
Thanks so much ThreadKoe and Teaf5! Especially with a big project like this, sometimes I just need some expert advice. I will definitely look at lightweight linings and let you know what I come up with!
Edited 8/6/2008 1:35 pm ET by MelanieS
Hey Melanie ~
I was just cruising the forum and found your thread here - how'd your winter coat project go? Can we see pictures?
Did you ever find a spiffy lining? If not, you might also check out the Home Dec sections - most fabrics will not be what you're looking for, but there are delightful surprises waiting, just "outside the box". :o)
I never did find a patterned lining that I really liked, so I opted for a thicker sunback lining instead (champagne colored), and went for a lighter interlining (thick flannel instead of the Thinsulate - I'm going to use that for my husband's coat)- it looks very classy and is warm, warm, warm! As soon as I figure out how to post pictures, I'll add some!!!
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