A winter coat

I would say that I finished this coat late except for the fact that it is snowing outside right now. *sigh*. As my husband said “Winter and spring are having a battle and right now winter is winning, but not for long”. He’s from Montana and perhaps it’s that mentality that keeps Montanans from going totally bonkers while waiting for spring to finally come, and stay, for keeps. Well at least my son will be able to wear this winter coat for a bit longer this season.

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This is the Oliver + s School Day’s Jacket sewing pattern in size 2. It’s pretty huge on my son which is exactly what I wanted since I was sure it wouldn’t be done for this winter and it would need to fit next year. Well looks like the snow is sticking around and he can wear it for both!

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The coat is made from a lovely 100% melton wool in dark gray from http://www.nyfashioncenterfabrics.com  They really have the most fabulous wool! The lining is Meadow Friends from the Storyboek 2 collection of organic fabrics by Birch.

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I decided to do the removable quilted lining with sleeves because, let’s face it, it get’s COLD here. I quilted together Nani Iro pocho double gauze in color soda and Foxy Floral also from the Storyboek 2 collection. The binding is Moda Bella solids in Steel.

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I finished the shoulder seams in bias binding as well to give it a more finished look.

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And of course, the finishing touch, a little hand-stitched label for my Mr. Fox 🙂 I think this is one of my favorite projects yet!

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Spring shorts

It’s almost spring and I’m beginning to get a little giddy. Winter in Montana is a bit.. shall we say.. intense. This winter in particular was colder and snowier then normal and was our first winter here since moving from Seattle. Heaps of snow and several occasions of -20 degrees below zero (that’s fahrenheit folks!) I really can’t wait for short weather, and so I couldn’t resist sewing my boy a pair.

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The pattern I used was the Sketchbook Shirt & Shorts by Oliver + s in size 18-24 months. Most of the kids sewing patterns I use are by them; they are so well written and easy to follow! The fabric is a medium weight organic canvas in color avocado from goodness know’s where as it has been living in my stash for an eternity. I don’t know about you but I get a serious thrill out of using up stash fabric! I love the casualness of these otherwise dressy shorts in this fabric and the lived in rumple of the canvas. I opted in with the optional button and went for a rustic wooden one.

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Blurry action shot 🙂

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I lined the pockets and modified the waistband to accommodate my contrast fabric called Country Mice from the Nursery Versery collection by Heather Ross. I have a serious Heather Ross addiction. I love how the colors work perfectly together. As a finishing touch I added a little hand stitched label. I can’t get over how much a little label adds to the finished garment.

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Mouse in your pocket? Yes please.

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First blog post! Huzzah!

I’m so excited to finally be doing this blog. It’s been on the ever growing “to-do” list but it kept getting pushed to the bottom. And then I discovered the wordpress app and thought it really can’t get any easier so I might as well jump in.

This is intended to be a sewing/crafting blog where I can share the things I make. Not to toot my own horn or anything but I’ve made a LOT of things over the years it would be nice to have everything nicely in one spot.

So without further ado, here’s the latest thing I’ve made; a dress for my Lily.

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This is a sewing pattern made by the wonderful Oliver + s called the Book Report dress. I modified the sleeves a little by shortening them to a 3/4 sleeve (omitted the cuff and simply hemmed up the sleeve edge) and then pleated up the front.

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The dress is sewn in Robert Kaufman interweave chambray in color boysenberry. The lining is Liberty of London Strawberry thief and I also used it for the cover buttons.

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I just love the use of labels in handmade clothing! I hand stitched one with my daughter’s name on it and I love the finished look it gives! Plus it adds that little extra something special to a project to really make it pop.

I’ll try to post things I’ve made in the past soon too over the next few days…weeks…months 😉 They’ll be dated according to when I made them, so they will appear before this post.

P.S. I promise to try to dig out the nice camera and not just use crappy iphone pictures!