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Thin insulation

smasusco | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Does anyone know of a kind of and a place that sells a thin insulation? I bought some Thinsulate last year for a coat but it added so much bulk to my coat, I felt like an eskimo. I did not like it. I wonder if there are thinner kinds of insulation. Would like to hear of others’ experiences.


  1. jjgg | | #1

    You can use baby flannel,or, warm and natural quilt batting

    Edited 8/12/2009 2:54 pm ET by jjgg

  2. starzoe | | #2

    When I lived in a cold climate and made coats, I used chamois to interline the back. I doubt if real chamois is available now, if it is it will be pretty pricey. The chamois was used only on the back, from the neckline down to just below the waist and it made perfect insulation.I once had to buy a coat from a thrift store and used just the chamois interlining. Look into sites that specialize in winter sportwear fabrics. I understand there is a prime source in Seattle but can't remember the name offhand, they do however have a website.

  3. Teaf5 | | #3

    Although I'm a fan of natural fabrics, I have found that many of the new microfibers are far better for insulation and outdoor wear.  My new rtw skiwear uses 100% polyester for insulation; it's very warm but is no heavier than workout wear, and my winter workout wear is now thinner than a cotton t-shirt but far, far warmer! 

    Sorry I don't have a fabric name or source to give you, but I think many of the new polyesters available generally in fabric stores work much better than the old ones did, especially if they are labelled "microfiber."  They are often shelved with the "suitings" and can be found in the clearance section for a lot less than specialty outdoor fabrics would cost.

  4. rekha | | #4

    Teaf5 just jogged my memory. Malden Mills (Canada) now http://www.milldirecttextiles.com/dept2.asp?dept=12&id=0914261886171273077513  do all sorts of insulating fabrics

    Edited 8/16/2009 3:30 pm ET by rekha

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