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December 21, 2016

UGLY-PRETTY...

...it's kinda ugly - until it gets pretty!  You know me, I like to show the whole process of my winter coat-making shenanigans.  I truly do not mean to bore you but it's good documentation for future reference.  It took 2 trips to Joann's to finally decide on the lining for this coat.  I was stuck on having a red lining as suggested by Marianna in this post.

I'm still not familiar with Joann's setup.  I had looked for lining fabric in the wrong place on the first trip.  I am trying hard not to complain about Joann's, because at least we have A fabric store.  Oh by the way, has anyone ever used satin fabric to line a coat???, just wondering...

On the second visit I was able to find a nice weight red Peach-skin.  I choose peach-skin because I really didn't want anything too shiny for a lining in this coat, I think it will work nicely.  Have you ever used peach-skin as a lining before???

I know that I'm putting myself out here with this picture - showing my secrets - I'm honest to a fault.  As in many cases, things are a little ugly before they get pretty; especially when you decide in mid-process that maybe you should remove some of the fusible interfacing - ugggh.

I am a firm believer that the insides should be as pretty as the outside, but truth is - it doesn't ALWAYS happen that way...


 

16 comments:

  1. I haven't used it, but make sure none of the seams will be stressed, because you might end up with a shredded seam. Will you be doing French seams for the lining? Flannel-backed satin is in with the loungewear (aka flannel and soft & comfy/fluffy), and satin is in the special occasion section at JAF.

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    1. No french seams Jill but I did serge them. I've never used flannel backed satin but I have used crape back satin a few times. I love it, it makes coats so warm but heavy too.

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  2. I still think it's pretty already Ms. Faye! Love the print and colors! That red is stunning! I have used satin to line a men's coat once. That was because I wanted the coat really heavy and it was!. I have never used Peachskin at all. Can't wait to see your completed coat! Question...will you be making a coat every year? It seems like it and if so, you're saving yourself loads of money! I know it would cost quite a bit for those beautiful custom coats!

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    1. Hey Myra. I know the peachskin is a bit nontraditional but rather like the feel of it. I can't wait to finish the coat though I took a bit of a break from it today. Yes, my plans are to make a coat and or jacket every winter. I know I already have too many but what the heck. There are still so many more that I want to make.

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    2. If your coat closet gets too full and you ever decide to donate any of your older coats...I know someone would be very proud to wear them too!! I donate I lot of my clothes. BTW...I didn't mean anything about my "peachskin" comment, I really have never used it to know anything about it. (Good or bad). Good luck with your coat, I know it's going to be gorgeous!

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    3. No harm taken about the peachskin comment. I only became acquainted with it just a few years ago. This is my first time ever using it as a lining, but all seems to be going well with it. I'll let you know the final outcome in must a few days.

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  3. I had the lining of a coat replaced and the tailor used a medium weight satin 28 years ago and the lining is intact. Plus, it's easy to get the coat on and off.

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    1. I have some satin Alethia, but it just felt a bit stiff to me so I sought out an alternative. I'll bet your coat is beautiful!

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  4. Yes, I used satin once for making a tailored red wool coat and it worked out just fine. There are different weights of satin, some are draped and some are more stiff. I have never used peach skin as a lining but I am sure it will work out quite nicely for you.

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    1. Yes, I'm finding out that there are different weights of satin. The satin piece that I have is AWFULLY stiff and just did not seem right for my coat. The peachskin is working out really good.

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  5. Your coat is looking good! I just cut the satin lining for my coat. I've used it before and I really liked it!

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    1. Good Marianna! The satin yardage that I had was really stiff. I can't wait to see your new coat!

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  6. Coat guts! I'm interested to see how the peachskin goes. I'm always looking for non-traditional linings because I really hate how cold to the touch Bemberg is. Being cold by nature a cold lining is not what I want in winter! :D

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    1. I know what you mean by cold linings Elizabeth. The peach skin is actually working out pretty good.

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  7. Your coat is coming along very well. I love the color of the lining. I'm pretty sure it's going to end up very pretty. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the new year!

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    1. Thank Olivia. The red lining is just the thing to make this simple coat PoP. Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

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