Red wool coat

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I’m getting a little (ok a lot) behind on blogging my sewing projects, so I’ll try to catch up some! Here’s a  gorgeous wool coat I made my daughter at the beginning of fall.

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The pattern is called the Houndstooth Coat 11/2013 #136 by BurdaStyle. I sewed it in size 116 from this vibrant red melton wool which I picked up from NYFashionCenterFabrics. Their melton is high quality, thick, and gorgeous.

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Coat back details.

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For the lining I used a juicy cranberry pink satin from Hobby Lobby. The color contrast looks great with the red melton!

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I’m pretty much in love with this coat and red is such a classic color on little girls ❤

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Baby essentials

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With only about thirty days left with this pregnancy (say what?!) it was time to get some much needed basics completed. First up was a wool mattress for the bedside cosleeper.

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Wool is pretty amazing. It’s breathable, flame-resistant, and so wonderfully soft! For this mattress I used about five pounds of wool which was layered inside of a shell sewn from some squishy soft organic cotton flax stretch knit. Both the wool and knit were bought from here. I hand tufted the mattress to keep the wool from shifting and to make it as firm as possible.

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To protect the mattress I made a wool puddle pad from exquisitely soft merino wool knit which was bought from here. To make it waterproof first it was felted in the washing machine/dryer and then treated with lanolin several times. So much more comfy that a plastic mattress protector!

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The bassinet mattress also required a fitted sheet, which was sewn from organic cotton sateen leftover in my stash from previous bedding made for my daughter.

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For this go around I’ll be using cloth wipes to along with my cloth diapering. I cloth diapered my other two, but for some reason never did cloth wipes. And so three dozen single-ply wipes were made from some lovely organic cotton sherpa which was bought from here. This sherpa is so thick and soft! This kids bum is going to be seriously spoiled (I’m a tad jealous)!

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I already have a bunch of organic bamboo velour/fleece nursing pads which I had made for my previous pregnancies but decided to try a few wool ones as well! I used the same merino wool as the puddle pad which was also felted in the wash/dry but not treated with lanolin. In theory they should be absorbent and have a stay-dry quality to them as well. I can’t wait to try them out!

Whew, so glad to have gotten a bunch of essentials out of the way! I think some cute baby stuff is needed next.. perhaps some little shoes? 😉

Does anyone else enjoy saving $$$ on making their own baby essentials? Seriously, I think I saved several hundred dollars on that mattress alone!

A wool & silk dress for late winter

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Winter is coming to an end (enter angelic choir), and with the close of the season I’ve been thinking a bit about what I sew and why. I’ve come to realize that I want to sew more of what my children truly need and will wear, and less of things simply to fulfill a sew-along or competition. Of course if I can get the two purposes to align so much the better, because I really love participating in everything! But with my new purpose in mind my sewing projects from here on out will fit the following requirements; be needed or fulfill a specific purpose, my kids will wear it, and of course be beautifully constructed. And so, here is my latest sewing project; a warm Sunday dress for the cold days of late winter.

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My daughter has about 10,000 warm weather dresses and only one cold weather dress! So this dress was much needed. For the sewing patterns I mashed up three patterns from Oliver + s; the Hide-and-seek dress body, the Apple picking dress sleeves, and the Pinwheel tunic’s keyhole back. I sewed it in size 5 for a roomy fit so it will be wearable for next year as well. The fabrics were a selection of two different shades of solid gray wool plus an italian wool herringbone suiting from here, with lilac silk dupioni trim on the sleeves and back tie. The overall look was inspired by a dress of unknown origin on Pinterest.

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Here’s a close up of the color blocked bodice and skirt. I scooped out the hide-and-seek dress neckline a bit and ommited the notch.

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Detail shot of the long sleeved Apple-picking dress sleeves option with silk trim and bows.

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Pinwheel tunic keyhole back with silk bow tie closure.

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A few modeling shots!

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Trying out her pockets.

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Back.

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It’s warm enough for some outdoor shots! Huzzah!

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I think this will be our new go-to Sunday dress until it warms up a bit 😉

Do you only sew what your kids need or do you find yourself sewing things YOU want to sew and the kids either don’t need it or won’t wear it?

Slouchy wool cardigan

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It’s that time of year; with confused weather that isn’t sure if it wants it to be winter or spring yet. My son was in need of a layering piece and this lightweight wool cardigan was the perfect solution!

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The pattern I used was the V-neck cardigan by Peek-a-boo pattern shop in size 3 for a slouchy fit. The fabric is a lightweight brown wool rib knit which I bought a while back from here with some bright green elbow patches using Kaufman laguna jersey knit scraps.

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A useful attribute of wool is that is will breath and allow you to cool off if too hot, or warm you up if too cold, which is why I choose to use wool for this project as the range of temperatures this time of year can vary widely here in Montana.

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Slouchy cardigan! You can see it’s.. well.. huge on him. It seems that’s been my luck these days with sewing projects for my boy.

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Elbow patches.

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At least it will fit him for years to come 😉

Are you finishing up any winter projects before spring’s arrival?

Organic cotton and wool comforter

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Last year I began working on bedding for my daughter, making her an organic mattress, an upcycled wool mattress protector, and sheets. The next thing on my list was a new comforter as her last one was crib sized and entirely too small for her new twin-sized mattress (not to mention it almost didn’t cover her feet anymore!) And so I made her an organic cotton and wool comforter.

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For the 68×86 shell I used 5 1/2 yards of 100% organic cotton sateen in a creamy white which I bought from here. It was listed at a fantastic price as it was a last in stock piece and is a great way to save some money if you are looking to do the same.

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The  wool batting I bought from here in the thick twin comforter size option which came to three pounds of wool. After assembling the comforter I hand-stitched the layers together to prevent the wool from shifting (pictured above) with several running stitches using pearl cotton embroidery floss.

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And voila! A finished organic, fluffy soft, heavenly cloud of a comforter!

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Don’t poke your sister.

KCW – Upcycle wool cape

This season’s theme for Kid’s Clothes Week is “Upcycled”. The theme is optional but it sure is fun to participate in it, especially since they tend to be awesome. My other projects for the week don’t fit the theme, but this one does; an upcycled wool cape for my daughter. Here’s a few before shots.

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It was a suit set my mother-in-law picked up from the thrift store. She tends to find really nice wool to upcycle!

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After! The pattern I used was a free tutorial from here. She even provides printable patterns for sizes 2/3 and 8 plus a tutorial for an optional hood.

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You can see my cape has more seams in it than the tutorial. It was necessary to seam rip and piece together the suit set in order to have pieces big enough to cut out my cape. I tried to place the seams where they would look appropriate on a cape anyways.

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For the lining fabric I used Poppies and raindrops by Anna Maria Horner from her Field Study collection. I had this sitting in my stash for a while and I’m glad to have found a lovely use for it!

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Button tab feature.

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And now for some modeling shots!

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This will be a good one for spring. Just the right weight!

Upcycle project completed! What kinds of things do you like to upcycle?

KCW – Heart appliqué red wool dress

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Kid’s Clothes Week is in full swing and to kick it off I made a much needed warm winter dress for my daughter. The pattern I used was the Oliver + s school bus t-shirt size 4 which I modified to have a gathered skirt and a neckline finished with facing rather than a neckband.

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For the fabric I used some bright red wool interlock from here, and on the elbows I stitched on some dark gray cotton knit hearts, perfect for Valentines Day!

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To create the skirt first I trimmed the shirt front and back to the desired bodice length plus bottom seam allowance (I used a 1/4″ seam allowance). This seam should be where you want the skirt and bodice to join each other to create the waist of the dress. Next measure from this waist seam down to where you want the skirt to end plus seam allowances on both the top of skirt and bottom for the hem (I used 1/4″ for the top seam and made my hem 1″. Total length for my daughter was 16″). Lastly, I took my daughter’s waist measurement and multiplied by 3 (for my daughter 21″ x3 = 63″.) This was to be the total circumference of the skirt. I cut out my skirt in two pieces which were 31.75″ wide x 16″ long. (31.75″ + 31.75″ = 63″ skirt circumference including 1/4″ seam allowances). Sew your two sides together, gather the top, and pin to the bodice right sides together evenly distributing the gathers. Sew this seam together with a 1/4″ seam, hem up the bottom as stated in the pattern, and voila, a dress!

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I love the brilliant red of this dress.

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And who doesn’t love heart elbow patches?

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Now for some action shots!

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What a great start to KCW! Anyone else sewing like mad this week?

Blackwatch birthday

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My boy turned two in January (how time flies!) and I decided to sew him an outfit for the occasion. He got a new pair of Blackwatch plaid pants, matching bow-tie, and linen dress shirt.

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For the pants I used the Oliver + s Museum trousers pattern in size 2, sewn in a lovely Blackwatch plaid worsted wool. These puppies are quite warm, which is perfect for our frigid winters here in Montana.

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I love the welt pockets in this pattern. Very adorable!

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I finished the outer leg seams separately in white bias tape to create this roll-up-racing stripe look, which I also did with these shorts for last summer. The inseams I finished with a flat-felled seam so that they are neatly finished when rolled up.

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Here’s a look at the innards. I added some white cotton fabric from the welt pocket bags up into the waistband to hide the seams to the welt pocket. It didn’t turn out quite as neat as I wanted and will have to play around with it a bit still.

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For the shirt I used my beloved Oliver + s Sketchbook shirt sewing pattern sewn in white medium weight linen. I’ve sewn this clothing pattern more times than any other in my stash!

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I added buttons to the collar, as well as a little leather detail on the front pocket. Adding little details is one of my favorite ways to customize a pattern.

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The bow-tie was sewn using this PrettyPrudent tutorial. I used their “double bow-tie” option and scaled down the size a bit for my boy. It is also sewn from the Blackwatch worsted wool.

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Obligatory model shots.

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And now for a few action shots…

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Happy birthday baby boy!

Albion men’s wool coat

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Welcome to my first men’s sewing project; a wool coat for my husband. He asked for a coat several months back and I thought it would be a great birthday/Christmas gift, although it ended up being late for both! But it’s done now and I’m pretty proud of how it turned out as I’ve never sewn clothing this BIG before.

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I used the Albion pattern by Colette Patterns in view 1, the “classic duffle style coat”. I sewed it in size M width L length from gorgeous heavyweight melton wool I bought from here.

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For the lining I found this awesome medium weight Japanese fabric by Cosmo Textiles called Vintage London Map in color tea. The weight of the two fabrics together makes this one beefy coat!

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There’s lots of little details included in the coat pattern, like this button up neck closure…

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…and decorative tabs on the sleeves.

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I did modify the pattern slightly by leaving the top flap off of the front patch pockets. It makes the front much more sleek and simple which is a look both my husband and I prefer.

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The coat pattern calls for toggle buttons, which are thankfully surprisingly easy to sew on. Plus they lend a finished and professional look to the coat.

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As a finishing touch I sewed in a hand-stitched label which contains a bit of an inside joke 😉

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I love how this coat looks on! It’s definitely getting used in all this crazy cold and snow we’ve got going on here in Montana. An all around a success!

Ever sew for your spouse or do you prefer to keep the projects little? I certainly can’t wait to get back to tiny clothes sewing again 😉

PR&P week 3 – Denim challange

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It’s week three of Project run & play! This week the challenge is to sew an outfit out of denim. I really loved this theme; it helped to fill in my boy’s wardrobe ;). I decided to sew him an indigo blue chambray shirt, burnt orange denim pants, plus a quilted denim and chambray puffer vest with detachable hood.

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For the shirt I used the Sketchbook shirt pattern by Oliver + s sewn in size 2 from Robert Kaufman union stretch shirting in indigo. I added a front flap to the shirt pocket as well as a small leather tag on the pocket for some extra detail, and decreased the size of the collar for a slim look.

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Detail shot! I really love including little bits of leather on my boys clothes. It adds such a great finishing touch!

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The pants were sewn from the small fry skinny jeans free pattern provided online here. The free pattern only comes in size two and with patch pockets rather then traditional jeans pockets. I altered the pattern to have the traditional pockets with penny pocket. I sewed them from a gorgeous burnt orange denim with Indian Summer menagerie as my lining. The size two is quite roomy and my boy will be able to wear these for quite some time!

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I also added some quilted knee patches because I love to quilt all the things. 😉

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The back pocket also got a little leather tag.

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To complete the look I made him a denim quilted puffer vest with detachable hood.

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The pattern is the Great outdoors reversible vest by Peek-a-boo pattern shop sewn in size 2 from Kaufman Newcastle denim and lining in Indian Summer menagerie. The hood I color-blocked with Andover chambray in color gray. For the batting I used reclaimed wool which I found on Etsy. Wool is seriously warm and cozy; perfect for the cold weather here in Montana!

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The completed look!

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Love the color-blocked hood.

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So happy with his quilted knee patches!

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Vest close up with leather tag embellishment.

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Denim challenge completed!

Have you seen the looks created by the competitors? Check them out here.

Onward to week 4! See you then!