Friday, December 7, 2012

Winter Coat Time - Simplicity 2534 completed

Some speedy sewing has transpired around here and I have finished the child's wool coat I started in this post. Some detailed info there on bound buttonholes if you have a coat or jacket in the works. I am happy to have it done in time for the recipient to wear it for this holiday season, even though I took a detour to make my Little Black Dress.  Hey, I am on a roll these days...I better start with some gift making while the sewing is on a hot streak.

Grey coat front

Oh I love this little coat (children's size 6, Simplicity 2534)  and I had to give it a lovely blue lining. The collar and cuffs are from a piece of velvet (luscious quality stuff) I have had for ages. No idea where I bought it and the stuff I see available today is nowhere near the quality.  Maybe next time I go to Britex I will buy a yard of the good stuff, so worth it to have when inspiration strikes. The grey wool I bought at Stone Mountain in Berkeley, a lovely weight of wool and very cashmere feeling. I know - I petted all the cashmeres when I was there. Something on my lifelong sewing list, a cashmere coat.  One of these years.
Coat lining view

This pattern does call for cuffs and I made them about 3 inches longer than the finished sleeve length I was going for, that way as my little friend grows a bit the sleeves can be made longer by flipping down the cuffs.  
                                  grey coat back

I did quilt the bodice portions of the lining with fleece, just to give it some more warmth. Not really tricky, I cut out fleece pieces using the pattern, trimmed away the seam allowance, drew the stitch lines with pencil and stitched away.  On these tiny pattern pieces it took very little time.  The piece on the left has been sewn and on the right you can see my pencil lines.

Quilted lininggrey coat with lining pleat for ease
When I sewed the lining at the hem, I first pressed the lining to get a nice crease, and then pull that back and stitch about 1/2 inch from the crease to get that nice bit of ease that you need in a coat lining.

Real leather knot buttons, because after all that work with the quilting and the buttonholes only the best will do. Actually I am crazy about leather knot buttons, always have been and they may be repetitive but I tend to use them often on jackets and coats for myself.  Classic and if I lose one I can find a replacement.  
Grey coat velvet collar

As I mentioned this coat is going to a little friend who lives in Seattle but I did want a photo of the coat now, so my friend's daughter was very nice to model it for me and she did a great job. 

Holiday coat front
Another coat finished - my favorite thing to make. Strange, huh?  but it has been that way for ages, since I made the first one I don't know when. 
Up next, some more knit tops and and a couple of mystery projects.

Plus some planting - I went crazy at Home Depot today with the tulip bulbs which were on super sale. Which is great when you are looking at all the pretty pictures on the package, but they don't grow in the package - so I will be digging some holes this weekend. 

Walking out of the store - here was the view. I had a nice moment with 4 other shoppers who were all stopped in their tracks. Beautiful the way the autumn trees show up against the pink clouds.
Happy December sewing, Beth

Sunset

28 comments:

  1. Simply beautiful! I especially love the bright blue lining; it's very cheery for winter.

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  2. what a beautiful coat - I love the quilted bodice (might have to steal that idea).
    Simply stunning.

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  3. So pretty! The quilting on the lining is so attractive.

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  4. I love the quilting on the lining, looks really nice! Its a nice classic coat shape too, especially on a little girl, hope she loves it!

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  5. That girl is gonna be so happy with her new coat! It's beautiful, and the details like the velvet, bound buttonholes, quilted lining and buttons make it so unique.

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  6. Oh, I love this so much! All those details! I´m liking the quilting part very much. Pity, it doesn´t get that cold over here, so I can use that technique.
    You know what it looks: Expensive. You´d be giving a lot of money if you were to buy one of these! Brava!

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  7. Just beautiful. Classic. I love that you quilted the bodice lining.

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  8. Wonderful coat! The quilted lining is really a great idea. I will have to remember that next time I make one. I'm like you- coats are my favorite thing to make!

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  9. really lovely coat, looking well made too! Love the quilting! she looks cute in it!

    Joy

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  10. Lovely coat, beautifully made
    Quickie

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  11. Beth, it's stunning! I'm sure your friend and her daughter are going to love the coat!

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  12. What a beautiful coat! What a great idea to quilt fleece into the lining. I will store that tidbit away for future use. Thanks. :)

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  13. What a lovely coat! It turned out great and I LOVE the quilted lining and color!!!!!

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  14. This is gorgeous what a little cutie modelling it for you. No wonder why they are your favourite you have done such a beautiful job!! I love the lining its so clever for you to do that!!

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  15. That's a precious little coat. There are a lot of terrific details. It looks very high -end. Beautiful work.

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  16. I love all the detailed work you put into this coat. The quilting is something I'll keep in mind.

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  17. WOW! Great job. I love this little coat, and I'm sure the darling its going to will love it as well. Also - THAT LINING! Quilted/fleeced/pop-of-color - very special touches indeed. I will file all of those brilliant ideas away for later!

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  18. This coat is exquisite! You did such a beautiful job and added so many wonderful details. I'm sure the recipient will love it!

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  19. Simply beautiful! Your details really make it. My DGD should be so lucky as your little recipient.

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  20. What a lucky little girl! The coat is just beautiful!

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  21. Beautiful sunset shot! I love the coat--so exquisite. It will be worn and loved for years to come.

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  22. What a cute coat! I learned so much reading these posts, so thanks for putting in the extra effort to walk us through your steps. I'm sure your little friend will love it for years to come!

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  23. Amazing coat and the velvet and lining are perfect. Thanks for the inside pics!

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  24. What a sweet little coat! And I can't get over how much I like the quilting on the inside. Matches the garment perfectly. It's gorgeous!

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  25. I love this coat! The leather knot buttons and quilted lining are wonderful. Your tailored garments are always so beautiful! Have a wonderful holiday!

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  26. Wow what an adorable coat! I absolutely love the pop of color for the lining too! This truly is one lucky little lady! Thank you for the compliment too! Merry Christmas!

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  27. My, that blue part on that coat is truly epic. :) Kudos to your good sewing skills!

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