I am so happy to have made it to the finals of Project Run and Play and have the opportunity share my signature style with you all. I thought about it for quite a while and it was actually my husband who said, “You always sew coats, you should make a coat”. He was right! I love sewing coats because it is a garment that gets worn every day and isn’t covered up by other clothes. You can see a few of the other coats I’ve sewn here, here, here, and here. We wear clothes that reflect our rural lifestyle: easy to move and work in, and can be washed after spending time outdoors, but also enjoy adding trendy designs and details to our wardrobes. My nine year old daughter also helped me come up with her outfit. It was so much fun spending time with her discussing fabrics and patterns and I’m sure you’ll see more collaborations with her in the future!
The jacket is based on Ottobre 4/2013#21. I completely redrafted the hood to have a center zip and open up like a wide collar. This adds a design element and makes it more comfortable when riding in the car (and because we live in the middle of nowhere, it happens a lot!). The hood is lined with a super soft sherpa fleece. I also changed up the lower pockets to a military inspired patch pocket that closes with a snap on the flap. The upper pockets are single welts and caused all sorts of grief after first sewing them with the opening facing the wrong way, oops!
The jacket closes with a chunky metal zipper that is covered with a storm flap with more snaps. I added a cotton zipper guard to protect her chin and neck from being scratched, especially in cold weather. There are grommets at the waist that finish off the casing for the waist shock cord.
All the seams in this jacket are finished with hand made bias tape binding. Instead of an actual lining, I drafted a button in sherpa liner. This way it can be worn when it starts getting cold as well. The liner buttons in at the neckline and also there are buttons hidden underneath the front facings (right side of the photo below). The liner can be put in or taken out in seconds and adds so much functionality to the jacket.
Finally, I added a personal touch by sewing in a yoke that I hand embroidered with a message for my daughter. I just love the way the purple is complimentary to the mustard colour. The purple print and the yellow are quilting cottons and the green is a medium weight twill, all purchased locally at Marshall Fabrics.
The pattern I used for the top is the Streamline Tee by New Horizons. I went down a size (this is a 4t), lowered the front neckline, added 3″ to the hemline and curved it, added side slits, and put some mustard cotton lycra in the raglan seams as piping. I love the way that little bit of colour pops and brings out the mustard colour in the pineapples.
This amazing pinapple print was one of the inspirations for this whole outfit. It is fun, kid friendly, on trend, and from it I pulled the green, mustard, and pink colours for the rest of the outfit. It was designed by Alles Fuer Selbermacher and purchased from Duncan and Kate (they still have some if you want it!). I had such a hard time finding a nice navy stripe but finally found a nice thick rib knit at Fabricland. The neckline is a basic navy cotton lycra.
The pants are sewn from an amazingly soft cotton lycra velvet, also purchased from Fabricland. It was really hard to find a bottom weight fabric in this colour, but after 4 different fabric stores I finally found some! I used the Jalie 3461 Eleonore pants as my starting point. She doesn’t like her pants very tight, so she asked for a relaxed boot cut. I added flaps to the back pockets that close with the same snaps as on the jacket and changed the faux pockets in the pattern to real hip pockets. The zipper welt pockets on the leg are functional as well as decorative. You can add this style pocket to any pattern; I have a tutorial for it here. I made the pants slightly on the big/long side so she can wear them this coming spring too.
Thank you all so much for your support over the past 4 weeks. While I will admit there were times I was beyond stressed out (just ask my husband!), I enjoyed the entire journey and have extended my design and sewing skills in ways I wouldn’t have without a competition. And yes, it is a competition, and I would love to win. I can’t do that without your help, so please go to Project Run and Play and cast your vote!