Friday, November 7, 2014

Windy Days

The hard thing about being able to sew is knowing you can make something and yet being constrained by ... TIME... and needing to weigh the pros and cons of buying vs. making. My boys just keep on growing and although they're almost a year and half apart, they insist being too close in size for hand me downs.

They desperately wanted nice fall coats...I say "desperately" because they sorely want to wear their bulky winter coats for less than six months straight. They keep trying to sneak out of the house wearing just fleeces/sweatshirts. So, I strolled through Old Navy. On one rack of jackets, the left shoulder seam was wonky on every. single. jacket. Target's jackets are no better.

So, I flip through my Ottobre magazines. Ah, so many beautiful boys' coats to choose from. And, as it turns out, my fabric stash also holds plenty of options, hehe.

I make a concession and purchase oldest daughter's fall coat from Children's Place (a disappointment, as it's too short, too thin, and the pockets are FAKE) so I can focus on these jackets.

I've traced hundreds of Ottobre patterns (almost 400 actually), but I always find the patterns with linings confusing, as they do not create separate pattern pieces for the lining, but use dotted lines to indicate where to cut the lining differently, etc. I definitely relied on previous coat and lining experience to figure it out. I ended up cutting the hood lining piece wrong, but it was easily fixed during sewing.

I made the two coats at the same time, choosing a topstiching thread that would work with both to make my life a little easier.

The details are great, if time-consuming. As I was stitching all this up, though, I was thinking I wouldn't mind if Ottobre went beyond patch pockets more often. Patch pockets are easier (except any wonky topstitching shows up pretty well), but on a coat this involved, why not go the whole way and do more professional pockets all around?

Per request, I did add some zippered welt pockets on the inside. So I guess I had my way with the pockets, after all, hehe.

The hems (lining and shell) are topstitched together and not bagged, which is interesting, but actually not a bad idea.

Overall, I'm very pleased with how these turned out. I graded the size up to make the coats slightly too big but, looking at the pictures, I realize they're not too large after all. I hope they still fit in the spring.

Pattern: Windy Days Jacket (Ottobre 1-2013-34)
Lining Fabrics: plaid flannel and plaid shirting
Olive shell fabric: some sort of stretchy brushed velveteen ?
Khaki shell fabric: cotton ripstop


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