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Replacing a Coat Lining

An inexpensive trenchcoat of waterproof khaki ...

An inexpensive trenchcoat of waterproof khaki with a snap-out lining by VEB Leipziger Bekleidungswerks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been meaning to write about replacing a coat lining for months–I’m either very late, or very early!

J has a now-vintage winter coat from Structure (the former men’s line from Compagnie Internationale Express) that has held up to much abuse over the years. The lining finally gave out though (and was hanging from the hem in tatters not unlike a tail!), but J didn’t want to give up on it.

You’ll find many vintage coats at thrift stores and estate sales have this same issue–the lining tends to be the least durable part of the coat’s construction. Thankfully, though, replacing a lining is something you can do fairly easily and inexpensively.

Supplies needed:

  • Fabric: For this project, I bought some nice cling-free poly lining from the late Hancock Fabrics. I bought 3 yards just to have some left over. You can use many different fabrics for linings–silk, polyester, even quilting cottons! It can be so fun to add a funky patterned lining to a classic trench or peacoat. The sky is the limit!
  • Thread: Go for good quality, since coats take strain at the seams.
  • Needles: With thick fabrics like wool, make sure you have the appropriate size needles for your machine–they can get dull quickly. There will also be some hand-sewing to finish, so make sure you have a needle for that too!

The black fabrics didn’t photograph terribly well, and I always forget to take in-progress photos, so I can just briefly explain the process:

  1. Take a seam ripper and carefully remove HALF of the lining. Go ahead and cut it away from the half you are leaving intact.
  2. The half you cut out will become your pattern for the new lining. Just cut on the fold for the main interior piece, cut two sleeves, etc., until you have all the pieces.
  3. The half of the fabric you left in will show you how to re-construct the garment. Assemble the sleeve, and then start sewing the lining into the coat. Work around until you hit the sections of the old lining that you left in, and begin to remove them and sew in the new lining.
  4. Finish off the bottom corners by hand.

 

 

 

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Inspiration: Jose Romussi embroidered vintage photographs

I absolutely love what Jose Romussi does to vintage photographs of dancers… string art and embroidery taken to a whole new level.

Jose Romussi embroidered photograph of Anna Pavlova

Jose Romussi embroidered photograph of Anna Pavlova

Jose Romussi Dance-7.1-Alla-Schellest

Jose Romussi Dance-7.1-Alla-Schellest

 

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That time I was in a Haiku Club

Once upon a time, I was in a club which required its members to send a haiku by text message (SMS), one day per week. Each member had an assigned day (I think mine was Monday, then Wednesday).

It was a great way to spark a little creativity into daily life. I learned a lot about my friends and how they saw the world. I wish I had saved more of them.

Here are just the few of mine that I still have, because I blogged about them on my old site.

12/14/2009
purchasing firewood
promises nice winter nights
i’m totally stoked
-Nic

12/21/2009
‘to my father’
We become our craft?
Doctor can’t understand what
The mechanic can
-nicole

28 December 2009
Little black dresses
And all the right subscriptions
Thought I was ready
wss007
7-7-10:
Raw temptation of
sprinklers never fades with age…
Wet grass loves bare feet

deineka-collectivefarmworkeronabicycle-1935
7-1-10:
Red-winged blackbird dreams,
Bicycles, reeds in ditches,
was this history?

wss011
6-16-10:
Blame music, you could
never live up to sacred
memories of you

scarlett
June 3, 2010:
‘Late submission’
Priorities change.
Scarlett in the cotton field,
painted backdrop skies.

bed-in-shakespeare-bookstore
4-26-10:
Will said there’s a tide,
Take this current. I meant to.
Don’t know what went wrong.

robin2
April 19, 2010:
‘Social studies’
At 9, I colored
my state bird blue. The kids laughed.
I still think I’m right.

Inspiration: Essential Instagram Accounts about Art, Photography, & Creativity

We’ve already shared some of our favorite art-focused blogs, but today seemed like a good day to share a peek at our social media list. Who doesn’t need a little more beauty in their day, in between shots of their friends’ plates, pop culture memes, and endless sponsored posts? Here are some of our favorite Instagram accounts, managed by folks who specialize in various themes of art, art history, photography, and other creative endeavors, and who never fail to inspire us. Naturally, these are by no means exhaustive lists–drop us a line if you want to share your must-see IGers! And of course, you can find the link to our account over in that nifty box on the right…

Official Museum Accounts

Visual Artists

Photographers

Film Developers and Shooters