I want to make Sandra Betzina’s coat pattern, Vogue 8163, from some of the lightest weight Harris Tweed (“light weight” being a relative term when it comes to Harris Tweed). I want to use ultrasuede as the front, collar, cuff, and pocket trims.
Questions I need help with:
1. If I use a standard coat lining–i.e., heavier than jacket lining–should I even think about adding insulation to make the coat warmer? I fear that it will be too heavy if I add any extra insulating material. I live in the Washington, DC, area, so I don’t have to deal with the cold that someone from the high plains states might. On the other hand, I don’t want to end up with a coat that doesn’t keep me warm.
2. Are there any special problems I am likely to encounter working with such a heavy fabric and making a coat?
Thanks for any suggestions.