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Keeping Warm All Winter...(Brrr)
Winter Workshop Series: Follow our Seven 3-hour Workshops to Make A Lined Winter Coat with Thermal Interlining 1 - 2 - 3 & 4 - 5 - 6 - 7

How to make and sew a winter coat using thermal interlining.

Shown here is the instructor's winter coat. Each step was photographed to help others learn how to construct a winter coat with thermal interlining. The outer coat fabric is made from a cream colored ultra suede and it is lined in black fabric.

After making a winter coat as my final grade project in 10th grade some 30 years ago, I was eager to share what I had learned and offer this workshop to my students. Back then I made my coat in slate blue corduroy fabric with navy lining, and embellished with navy piping. Upon wearing it for only the second time, a lady complimented me. When I told her I had made it, she was ecstatic and offered me $150.00 on the spot for my handmade coat. Follow our 9 students in these seven workshops from start to finish to make a lined winter coat with thermal interlining!
WORKSHOP 2 - How to Make a Lined Winter Coat with Thermal Interlining

During the second class, students spent even more time pinning and cutting as they finished the lining pieces. They then sewed the shoulder and side seams of the bodice outer fabric and lining, sewed the curve of the hood, top-stitched the hood, attached the hood to its lining, attached the finished hood to the bodice, and then lined the bodice. What a day! The side and shoulder seams are a particularly cathartic step: it makes such a difference to see an in-progress garment pressed and hanging, as opposed to scattered pieces. In order to create clean lines and no bulk, the students had to trim every seam.


As an instructor, I'm always excited to see unfinished garments on a hanger! We had our own little area of the studio set aside just for the coats to be hung. This way the students could enjoy seeing their progress and accomplishments each day, step-by-step.

Every piece of the coat that was cut out of the outer coat fabric and interlining also had to be cut out of the lining fabric too.




Here, you can see the darts being sewn into the lining of the front and back bodice pieces, just as they were on day one for the outer fabric. (Coat-making hint: after darts are sewn, they should be pressed inwards towards the center.)
photo of close-up of top stitch on hood The seam allowance of the curve of the hood was pushed to the left, and then top stitched close to the seam line. This acts as a decorative stitch and also help reduce bulk. The hood was then stitched across the top of the outer-fabric bodice, leaving room for seam allowance on the sides.
Shown here is the bodice with the outer fabric and lining stitched together at the side and top seams. Tucked inside the hood.
The seams were trimmed all around so that the winter coat would have clean lines and flat seams.
Here, day two's finished produce, just turn right-side-out.
All the hard work is paying off. This unfinished coat already looks fantastic on a dress form.

See our 3rd & 4th  workshops: Making and Attaching the Sleeves


Winter Workshop Series: Follow our Seven 3-hour Workshops to Make A Lined Winter Coat with Thermal Interlining 1 - 2 - 3 & 4 - 5 - 6 - 7

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