Saturday, 24 April 2010

Two months!

While clicking the New Post button on my Blogger dashboard I noticed my last post date was February 24th. I can't believe I haven't blogged anything in two months!! I haven't really been doing much sewing but still, for two whole months? The time is really getting away from me lately.

I think the only thing I have ready to show today is two more of the sweet little coats from Ottobre Spring 2010. I blogged a lavender one for the Baby already and liked the pattern so much I decided to make one each for my two youngest nieces. The outer corduroy is a gorgeous deep cranberry red which did not photograph at all well, the inner linings on both are twill prints from Painting Red Rhinos, sweet fabrics from stash that are older than the girls they are being given to LOL!

Here's a photo of the larger one being modelled by my Monkey - it's a size or so too small for her and wouldn't button shut but you get the general idea :) My niece is much smaller though only six months younger than my model, her mother has reported that she loves it and it fits her nicely.

Front view

Back view

I laid a single line of fusible thread into the outer foldlines of the pleats and fused them into place to keep the pleat crisp. Fingers crossed that it holds up through laundering and the pleats won't have to be fully refolded and pressed every time it gets washed! I love the big buttons, they're so old fashioned looking. A complete bear to sew the buttonholes for though, my auto buttonhole foot only just did a hole that was wide enough!

Here are both of the linings, I love using fun prints for coat linings. Just because it's inside and mostly unseen doesn't mean it has to be ugly, right?

Lining 2

Lining 1

And here is a close up of the smaller button and tab on the sleeves. I think this one little detail makes all the difference to the whole pattern, it's such a nice touch.

Sleeve tabs

That's it for today. I have finished a couple more projects but I don't have any pics of them yet, I will blog when I'm done! I'm quite excited about the one I'm working on just now, there will hopefully be a post about it in the next few days :)


  1. Really great job! I love the linings and the colors are fabulous!

  2. Gorgeous color, and I love those buttons!

  3. The coats are beautiful! Thanks for writing about using fusible thread in the pleats. I may try that sometime.

  4. Really beautiful! I love the fabric.

  5. This coat is sooo pretty! I love the color and the fabric. Your details are so gorgeous! Great job!

  6. Thanks everyone :) Ruth, the fusible thread has so far held up to several washings, hooray!