1. There are flannel-backed coat linings that might be ideal. You get the additional warmth but still have a nice, satiny lining that slides easily over clothing.

  2. I would line it for sure. You'll be more likely to wear it if it keeps you nice and warm as well as looking fab. Can't wait to see the finished coat!

  3. Back in the 50s this was called a coat dress and was not meant to be worn over a dress. If you are going to wear it as a coat, keep in mind that you will have to make it bigger because it was not originally designed to go over clothing, only a slip. Good luck!

  4. I'm sure the directions will say if this is a coat or a dress. Molly isn't a novice, and if she's already made a muslin, she can figure out the difference. I say unlined, because you're in NO and I think the extra bulk might mess with the silhouette and lines of the dress, which are striking and very clean. Plus I think the wool would probably already be pretty warm, so maybe this could just be a fall or fancy coat if you find that you need something more substantial in the middle of winter.

  5. Thanks, everyone. I know it is a coat dress pattern, but I have sewn enough to tweak the pieces to make a lining. I already made a muslin and it would be loose enough to do an interlining… Lining it in silk is an idea to consider, or a flannel backed lining… Jo Ann doesn't have that, lol. I have a lot to think about!!! Thanks

  6. If you really wanted to be warm, you'd wear pants :-). Or maybe you can plan on wool tights with that?
    You may want to plan on a lining (Ambiance would be nice) if your wool is the least bit itchy. But adding warmth is pointless here, similar to adding insulation to your walls when drafts are gushing through your leaky windows.

  7. What a beautiful pattern! I made myself a winter coat using a modern vogue pattern a couple of years ago. It's got similar lines (fitted bodice, flared long skirts), and I added more pockets and put cuffs on the sleeves. I used a cashmere wool mix for the outer fabric (so soft) and boosted the warmth factor by lining it in flannel backed satin. It was a good decision, because I can wear the coat on the coldest days and still be toasty warm.

  8. You could always interline it on something thinner, such as calico (cheap, but retains its shape). One reason to interline is to stabilise the fabric/ get a better structure. What kind of wool fabric have you got? If it is drapey, you could do with interlining it to make it hang like it does in the illustration. As you probably know, women wore a lot of undergarments in this period to create this silhouette, including petticoats, which would help create this hourglass style.

    Hope this helps, but you probably know it anyway! I love the triangular placement of the buttons btw and the contrast facings- you could go to town on this detail!


  9. I would only interline it if you live somewhere really cold. I have used the flannel-backed satin lining with success. I stocked up when I was in Montreal. My daughters went to college there and we live in NY. I found that many coats purchased in Canada come with an interlining, but coats purchased in NY rarely do. Vintage coats will often be interlined, but people did more walking in those days.

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