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Harris Tweed

vharden | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

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.


  1. solosmocker | | #1

    You can do a google search for a lining that goes by the name of Zeus or Kasha. It is a satin lining backed with a backing that has insulating metallic fibers in it. It is the same lining you see in fur coats. I have used it and it is luxurious and very warm. No need for any further interlining with this. Good luck, solo

    1. vharden | | #2

      This is very helpful. Many thanks.

      1. SAAM | | #3

        I have used flannel-backed satin lining in coats. It makes for a nice, warm coat without the added bulk of an interlining. It does add a bit of weight to the coat, but the wind definitely does not get through. I live in Baltimore and this lining has been just right for our winter weather. I don't know how it compares weight-wise to the metallic-backed lining.Sherry

        Edited 1/27/2008 1:37 am ET by SAAM

        1. vharden | | #4

          A Google search for "lining fabric Kasha" brought me to Vogue Fabrics online store (http://www.voguefabricsstore.com). At $11.99 per yd (57" wide), this fabric is described as "Presenting the perfect lining for warm winter wear, Kasha Satin Flannel Backed Lining. Adds moderate protection to coats. Line you coats and jackets with our Kasha flannel backed satin lining for a traditional, heavyweight, warm lining. For extra insulation, add an interlining of Thinsulate or ThermalFleece."If this lining works without additional interlining in Baltimore, it will be just fine in Washington. Thanks so much to both of you. It is great to be able to access this kind of expertise so easily online.

          1. starzoe | | #5

            I can recommend kasha lining, I am still wearing one coat I made decades ago with kasha lining, it has held up very well and has an opulent look about it.

  2. katina | | #6

    Here's an article on Harris tweed in today's Scotsman.


    Threads #37 had some interesting info on this. I've always enjoyed reading about art fabrics and love using ethnic textiles.


    1. vharden | | #7

      Thanks so much for sending this along. It is alarming! I am very glad I bought the tweed in 2003 when we visited. I also took some photos of weavers weaving in their home workshops. It will be a great pity if they stop making Harris Tweed. The islands, however, are quite stark and far from anywhere, so alternative economic opportunities are not great.

      1. katina | | #8

        Yes, indeed - somethging wonderful will be lost. How super you had a chance to go there.


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