A few years ago--maybe even before we were married, I don't honestly remember--my husband bought me the. Most. Beautiful. Coat. Ever.
|Purchased at Express c. 2006|
Satin is a notoriously difficult fabric. It's slippery, it frays very easily, and it can wear and tear very easily as well. The photos above are the armholes of my coat. Basically, the lining has shredded all along the seams and, unfortunately, a little whip stitch is not going to help matters one bit. Since I consider this coat to be probably my best "statement" piece for winter outerwear, I think it's worth taking the time to really restore it so that I can get as long a life out of it as possible. So, I decided to cut the existing lining out of the coat and use it to draft a pattern to make a new lining. I gotta admit, here, that I'm scared shitless that I'm never actually going to be able to wear this coat again--at least, not with a lining.
|From top: 1" grid interfacing, Licien voile, inexpensive quilting weight cotton|
If any of my sewing friends out there happen across this post and have words of wisdom, I'd sure love to hear them. In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed for me!