Thursday, September 9, 2010
Doing My Research - Winter Coats
Thank you everyone for your very useful suggestions and ideas in response to my questions in the last post about winter coats for my girls. I am always amused at how, after sewing for decades, I still don't know the names of fabrics. I am perfectly at home in a physical fabric shop where my fingers can help me discern thickness, content and texture, but in these online shopping places, I am useless.
So wool melton it is! I am eyeing the pink - but at $13 a yard, I am thinking I'd better at least sketch out my coat designs before pulling out my credit card.
When I first thought of sewing these coats some months back, I collected a couple of useful webpages with useful information on lining and interlining and, and of course can't find them now. But just quickly browsing in google a couple minutes ago I found one on interlining and an entire blog on coatsewing. I haven't read through either, but I will later in the fall when I start the whole coat process in earnest. And here is the link to the ehow article on making a pea coat, that Mom2TwoWonderfulKids (thank you!) shared in the previous comments.
Our winters here in the upper midwest get quite unkind - not uncommon to have minus 30 days and no feeling in our noses and ears for weeks on end. So most of the time we go around in unfashionable but very practical nylon ski jackets and unmatching thermal mittens. Still, for those occasional trips out when we actually wear something dressy, like when we go to church or a party, a proper wool outdoor coat would be nice. This is why I'm thinking so seriously about the thermal-lining aspect of these coats, I guess - can't play around with hypothermia.
Of course if I can find lovely pea coats in a store that fit the kids well, I am so buying them. I may sew and enjoy sewing, but I'm all about weighing time now. I'd rather buy something (unless it is exorbitant) than make it, if it means I get to use that time to actually be with the kids (shhhh.... and make cardboard stuff)!
Speaking of kids, someone small is right this minute at my elbow, asking for help to put rubber dresses on 4 plastic Prettyrellas (what the small someone calls all her plastic disney princess figurines) and one imposter Polly Pocket. So off I go!
Posted by LiEr at 1:03 PM