Lining and Insulation Sources
I’d like to make a winter dress coat. I purchased a coat-weight wool tweed but I can’t find a good quality lining or insulation. [It gets fairly cold where I live] I tried some websites that specialize in sewing for outdoors. They seem to have a lot of sports related items like Thinsulate which should not be dry cleaned. – My wool is dry clean only. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Sheila440, I think for insulation, Thinsulate is your best bet. Check http://www.therainshed.com for insulation choices. They give a thorough care & use description & do say that it can be drycleaned. (I have used it in a wool coat myself - I hate the cold - and have had it cleaned several times). For lining, I have purchased a flannel-backed satin from my local store, but I don't know where to find it online.
Wow! the Rain Shed is a fascinating site. Lots of unusual items. Thanks
When you make your coat, don't forget to put in a wind stop. Most fabric stores should carry it.
Now you ask 'what is a wind stop?' First at the moment, I cannot think of the proper term, but.........it is simply a leather interliner put between the fashion fabric and the lining, usually only in the back of a coat. If you are really concerned about cold and wind be sure to buy enough to cover down to your hips and perhaps use it in the front pieces too, just use a shorter section on the front, perhaps just shaping it above the bust.
The technique works wonders and most quality winter coats still have them
Flannel backed satin lining is called Kasha. Linda McPhee carries it, google her for ordering if you can't find it.
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