Monday, January 19, 2009

Sometimes you just need to get started

And that's what I did; I'm happy to say that I made this light gray turtleneck to tone down the hot pink jacket. I tried to find one RTW but couldn’t and I remembered that I had tons of this fabric, again from my Wal-Mart stash it was .50/yd. The fabric is very thin so I doubled it, hey it cost .50 so why not. I really like the way it came out and I think it’s just what the hot pink jacket needed. I wanted to get the pattern Sheila used but the Butterick patterns weren’t on sale and I never pay full price for a pattern so I used Butterick 6484 which is for a body suit but I just changed the pattern slightly and it came out okay.

This is definitely a 90's pattern, I remember I made this and my babysitter saw it and requested one, so of course I made her one too.

Then I pressed on (pun intended) and made a winter coat, I used the same pattern Butterick 5254 but this time I made view B, more Wal-Mart fabric, the outside fabric is a navy blue and the inside is a light blue quilted fabric. I also underlined the front with left over pj flannel. It’s very heavy so it should be very warm. All the layers made it a pain to work with but I’m happy with it. All I have to do is add the button, snaps and hem it. All together it probably cost less than $10.00.

My GS calls it the blanket coat because he said the inside looks like a blanket. I made a coat using this fabric before, years ago when I lived in Pine Bluff, AR. I used a brown corduroy fabric that someone gave me and quilted fabric for the lining it was a very warm coat and that's what I need now so I thought I would give it another try. And I tried to remember what not to do, I interfaced the entire back to help the quilted fabric keep it's shape, after wearing the other coat I made the lining started to droop so hopefully that will prevent it from happening with this coat. I also plan to tack it to the side and should seams.

Sometimes I just over think my projects and I’m happy to say that in this case it all worked out.

I hope everyone had a nice MLK day and enjoy this historic inauguration day, have a great week and happy sewing.


Faye Lewis said...

Great turtle neck and winter coat. You are a busy lady. Thanks for the comment on my new jacket. I know what you mean, I've looked a hot mess all weekend long, but I have to straighten it up for tomorrow. Have a great SEWING day tomorrow.

Sheila said...

Glad you were able to find a pattern for a turtleneck and you did a great job modifying it.

That will definitely be a warm winter coat and really like the use of the quilting fabric.

JC said...

You are so right about getting started. And for a newbie like me, it can be a little scary. But thanks to friendly bloggers like you and so many others, you are very encouraging. Thanks to all of you, I have started a small project before I even start a class--which I think will help greatly by the time the class roles around.

I'm glad that I found your blog and keep up the good work. -JC

Lisa H. said...

You did a wonderful job on the turtleneck and the coat.I love the lining.It's like a bright suprise inside.I'll bet it's warm.