More Simplicity 8668 for a little winter coat

I purchased some very pink pinewale cotton corduroy from Spotlight about three years ago. Heaven knows why I bought so much of it, but I have been trying to whittle away at my supply ever since. Thankfully, it is actually a great wearing fabric and from experience, it washes well and fades little. I thought it would do nicely for a little winter coat, as long as I was able to underline/interline (what’s the right word for this, anyone?) in a better insulating material.


I used Simplicity 8668 for the coat. More recently, I’d used this pattern to make Miss Four a little ponte dress. I lined the jacket in a pretty cotton chambray that I was lucky enough to pick up as a $10 roll from Tessuti Fabrics.

 

 

This was an absolute steal. I think I have about 10m of this gorgeous chambray and it is just so versatile for a little girl’s wardrobe. I know it isn’t the best fabric for lining a jacket (particularly patch pockets!), but it was the prettiest match I had on hand.
I also underlined the jacket with bamboo wadding. Bamboo is fabulous as a fabric! And bamboo wadding works wonderfully inside jackets. It insulates well, is antibacterial, wicks away moisture, is quite light and compact, washes beautifully and holds its shape (no need for quilting it in the jacket). I purchased it from the Bamboo Fabric Store some time back. I’ve also sewn with bamboo jersey, terry towelling, and ribbed knits before and they are all just beautiful.



But back to the underlining. I wasn’t quite sure whether I should have basted the wadding to the lining or to the outer fabric. In the end, I chose the lining because I though it would make the front facing area too bulky when it overlapped. I would love some advice on this! But first, some more shots of the super cool one.


The buttons I used were from All Buttons. I’d originally purchased them for a Chanel-style jacket I was making for myself last year. I think they add a little class to the candy pink cord (you may have noticed I am doing my best to counter-pink the pinkness of the cord). I also cheated when setting in the sleeves, simply gathering them rather than easing them in. It’s a hastily made jacket, but then I didn’t want to spend a lot of time or money on something that gets worn as hard as it will on Miss Two.

The jacket is a size 4 so it swims on little Miss Two. But as long as I can see her head and hands, I am ok with this. It means she will be warm! Especially when she teams it with her new wool ponte pants (made using New Look 6016 ). I think these pants are super cool. They are unfortunately a little low in the rise for nappy wearers but I think we can get by with this for a few months until she is properly ready for her big girl undies.

 
And now for the winning pose…



Little Midgie Christmas pants

These were a very last minute Christmas gift that I whipped together the night before. They were made using the remnants from my leather pyjama pants. The chambray fabric is pretty boring but ever so soft and comfortable. She had just torn her very last pair of long summer pants, which were just so practical (as well as protective for those little knees which keep hitting the pavement). I used a pattern from one of my Japanese pattern books that I had sewn before. But instead of using elasticised cuffs, I shortened them and added ruffles.

 


Her Christmas shoes are at least a size too big but she insisted on wearing them and who am I to argue with a two year old. She especially loves the pockets in her new pants.

 

Jebediah for Christmas

I’m always stuck for things to buy my husband for Christmas. It isn’t that he has everything, quite the opposite actually. But everything he would like is well outside my budget, and probably also slightly outside the budget of a B-list rock-star too.

This year I made him some Jebediah pants from Thread Theory, well shorts actually, and really only a wearable muslin since I wanted them to be a surprise. His birthday is still a few days away too, so he still has no idea that I have made him anything (here and here) other than the usual business shirt. I can’t wait to see his surprise and I am desperately hoping that everything fits him reasonably ok.


I was inspired to get cracking on these Jebediah pants after reading Sallieoh’s recent post. I’d been looking at those pants for a few months but I wasn’t sure what the skinny fit would be like for my slightly larger hubby. It was great to see the pants on Sallie’s Nick. I have a Nick too and he isn’t too dissimilar in build (maybe one day I will get my Nick in front of the camera!).

Since I didn’t want to ruin the surprise by measuring hubby, I wasn’t going to waste any good fabric on these pants in case the fit ended up being horrendous. I purchased some cheap cotton drill from Spotlight, $16 worth in fact, bargain (although from the photos you can see how it wrinkles like crazy)! I also figured it was a good opportunity to push him outside his comfort zone and add a splash of colour to his wardrobe. Just check out that gorgeous blue! And of course the least-feminine button I could find in my stash was a vintage button from All Buttons and probably not really meant for a pair of men’s trouser shorts.


I love the back pocket stitching detail on these shorts and for a little something special, I used some leftover Italian shirting for the pocket lining.

 

Next time I make these pants, I will bind the inside seams and perhaps even use some decorative studs on the outside seams for extra detailing and strength.
 
I love patterns that teach me something and I learnt a great deal from these Jebediah pants. The pocket construction was new to me, but I am so proud that I finally mastered it. The instructions weren’t terribly clear, but after a bit of unpicking and rearranging of the facings, I finally figured out what I was supposed to do. I was completely bamboozled by this same technique a few weeks ago when I was trying to sew some different pants so it was especially wonderful to get that lightbulb moment.

It was also the first time I’ve inserted a fly front zipper. I was prepared to make a big mess of it and I had the Grainline tutorial on hand to help me through just in case (thanks Sallie!) but I ended up making it through fine, although I did have to read it twice and unpick once.

Well, this Christmas elf is clocking off now, having finally finished the last of her 2013 presents. It’s time for me to put my feet up and hand over the reigns to Santa! There should be a stack of photos coming your way in the aftermath of the 25th!