My Chenille Coat Experiment
|Front view showing in-seam pockets|
This coat started out as a bit of a disaster. I found some beautiful chenille fabric in the back of the store, clearance room, dig deep in the pile, "We really need to get rid of this fabric" table at a local fabric store for a whopping $1.00 a yard. So, I splurged and bought 10 yards of it. It had a wonderful feel to it, very soft and pliable. I had no idea what I was going to make with it, but it was such a good deal, I couldn't pass it up.
Upon arriving home, I immediately threw it in the washing machine to pre-shrink it. It rumbled and tumbled in the washing machine making lots of noise as the machine finally came to the end of it's cycle. I think the fabric was actually crying "Help!" while being tumbled around in there. I opened the machine and gasp at the wrinkled, shriveled up mess my "very expensive" fabric had become. I threw it on the washing line to dry while I decided what to do with my now permanently wrinkled mess. I figured anything else I did with it couldn't hurt since it was pretty much already ruined.
|Close up of coat front|
I decided to embrace the new texture of my fabric and work with the wrinkles. I ironed on some inexpensive Pellon interfacing to the back side, manipulating the wrinkles as I went. And actually, it was turning out to be quite a nice surprise. The picture above shows a little bit of the new texture. I was now glad I had purchased so much of the fabric since it had now shrank to about 1/2 it's original size in width.
I then proceeded to make the rest of the coat. It's a fully lined, knee length coat with in-seam pockets, a waistband, separate mock flaps on the front and a flap on the upper back.
|Close up of jacket front with pocket flaps|
The mock pocket flaps on the front I backed with a nice oriental satin fabric - this helped reduce the bulkiness of my now very heavy fabric.
|Oriental lining on mock pocket flap|
I used the satin for the undercollar and the back flap as well.
|Oriental lining on undercollar|
Of course I had to add in a wild print for the lining as well. This fabric had been in my stash for about 10 years and I was glad I could finally use it!
|My crazy lining!|
All in all, I think my coat turned out very nice. It's definitely warm with all of the additional interfacing and polyester lining!