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Pink Wool Bunny Jacket

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today’s outfit is both inspired and necessity sewing.  The inspiration comes from the Week 2 theme at Project Run & Play; Nature Inspired.  And the necessity comes from Baby Tina’s need for a winter jacket!  A pink wool bunny jacket.

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

So 1st the jacket.  This is the Downton Duffel Jacket by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  We really love this pattern, and have sewn it many times.  The fabric for this Downton Duffle Jacket came from a thrifting score!  This pink wool fabric was originally a wool blanket in perfect condition I found at the thrift store for $2.  I had no plans for it, but a huge wool blanket for that price was hard to pass up.

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric lining is from the stash, leftover from our sewing for the Forest Floor blog tour.  It’s the Wild Posy Flora Fabric by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.  It’s simply darling for the lining of this jacket.  I used up every last available scrap, and only had enough for one of the ears, did you notice?  But that’s okay because the other ear looks darling with the pink stretch leather I used for the hood trim, elbow patches and toggles.  Oh, and I borrowed the rabbit ears from the Twig + Tale Animal patterns and sewed them into the seams of the hood in the right places.  It’s an absolutely adorable addition, don’t you think?

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of that pink stretch leather, it gave me quite a time to get it on perfectly!  The problem was the stretch of the fabric, not the thinness.  Every trick I tried (teflon foot, tape on the bottom of a regular foot, a walking foot and more) failed and I ripped and ripped out the leather and cut out new toggles and tried again.  I even tried gluing the leather in place before sewing, but nope, I still got puckers!  

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally I found a combination that worked, thanks to asking for advice from my sewing friends on Instagram.  I ironed on double stick Steam-A-Seam 2 to the back of the toggle pieces and ironed them in place onto the jacket.  Then, with a walking foot on, I slowly HAND CRANKED around the edges of the piece. 

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, success!  Oh, and these are the actual toggles are shank buttons from JoAnns and that’s shoelaces for the cording.

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

The jacket is lined with quilt batting for extra warmth in the cold of winter.  Baby Tina absolutely loves this jacket!  Once she discovered the pockets, she didn’t want to take it off.  She’s enamored with pockets on her clothes.  

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

And I was sure to use one of my new labels from Dutch Label Shop.  I hand sewed it on either side, leaving it open in the middle to act as a hook for hanging.  (Remember, you can use the code skirtfixation15 for 15% off your purchase until December 3rd.)

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

This year, the Downtown Duffle Jacket is a little large because I sewed a size 2T.  The one I sewed her for her 1st baby capsule wardrobe is just barely too small, and it was 6-12 months size.  My hope is that by rolling up the sleeves, this one might even fit her next winter too.

Rosemary Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next in her “Momma made it” wardrobe is a Rosemary Raglan with a couple of fun additions.  First of all, there are little ears sewed into the raglan sleeve seams.  I used the same stretch leather as on the jacket, and they ended up being a little heavy and hanging down, so they’re actually stitched to the sleeves as well.

Rosemary Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only other change I made was to add a little vinyl llama face to go with the ears!  I used my Cricut Maker to cut it out quickly and easily.  Then using the EasyPress 2, I attached it on and now have confidence it’s not coming off!  You can find the llama face by searching #M8B6E613 in the Cricut Design Space™.

Rosemary Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

This super soft French Terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  (It’s sold out now, but check out all their French Terry fabric!)  It’s actually the leftover scraps from a Halifax Hoodie that Allegra sewed for herself.  She’s been sewing herself a capsule wardrobe, and it’s neat to see it come together!

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final piece in Baby Tina’s outfit is a pair of black leggings from the Dressage Leggings pattern.  This fabric was actually left over from Annie’s leggings last week.  Once again, baby sewing is so fun and such a good use of scraps!

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now we’ll leave you with this silly expression that she makes whenever you say, “Show my your smile!” 

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Sweater Refashion to Coat

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’ve got one other garment from our Signature Style look that I want to tell you about in detail.  There were so many items I made for that look, maybe you can put up with another blog post.

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

The coat I made for Baby is actually a sweater refashion.  I was on the fence for a long time about what material to use for the outer layer of his jacket.  I’d already settled on the suede backed sherpa vest for the inner layer.  Since I was going for solid colors I wanted to make the jacket interesting by incorporating textures.  Finally inspiration hit, and I went to the thrift store on the hunt for the perfect garment with chunky cables.  I found this sweater that was close enough, and bought it.

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

The main problem I could not figure out was how to get my front, back and sleeve pieces from the sweater.  I wanted the front and back of the coat to be cable knit fabric, but the front and sleeves of the sweater were cable knit.  The back was a ribbed fabric.  With Allegra’s help I finally solved the sweater refashion jigsaw puzzle.  The front of the sweater became the back of the coat.  (I sewed the vent shut above the button.  The button hides under the hood, only visible when the hood is up; it’s really cute!)  The back of the sweater became the sleeves of the coat.  And the sleeves of the sweater became the front pieces of the jacket.  The hood is from the same twill fabric as the coat lining, and the hood lining is fleece leftover from Annie’s quilt.  Half of the sweater’s collar became the trim on the coat hood.

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

You might notice in several of the photos that Baby is grabbing the jacket near the top of the zipper.  Well after he wore it several times, complaining each time we discovered a sharp piece of plastic protruding out of the edge of the zipper!  Poor Baby, one snip took care of the problem, and now he wears the coat joyfully.

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

Be sure to catch the tutorial in this blog post for the reversible sherpa vest that snaps in and out of this coat.  I think I want to go buy rescue aaaaallll the chunky cable knit sweaters from the thrift store now!

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

 Sweater Refashion details:

Coat Pattern: Downton Duffle Coat

Coat Fabric (outer): Upcycled Sweater with large cables
Coat Fabric (inner): Sew Classic Bottomweight Classic Twill Solid Fabric – Black
Vest Fabric: Luxury Faux Fur-Sherpa Suede Gray
Hat Pattern: Free newsboy cap pattern
Hat Fabric: Wool plaid remnant from the stash

Oh, and if you’ve got your eye on that stunning dress fabric, right now My Fabric Designs is having an unheard of 35% off sale!  Here’s the direct link to that dress fabric I designed.  Use the promo code QUILT35 until March 31st.  Hurry!

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Upcycled Downton Duffle Coat {Kids Clothes Week Day 4}

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now I know what all the fuss is about!  This is because I sewed up the Downton Duffle Coat, and I’m a fan.  I love it when a pattern makes me look like professional seamstress, and the Downton Duffle Coat by Peekaboo Pattern Shop does just that.

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

I referred to this jacket last week in my unfinished projects post, and I’m delighted to have finished it before winter ended.  This is our final Kids Clothes Week project.  I saved it for last because I was the most intimidated by it, but really it was the most necessary item!  Annie has two other coats (besides the slightly impractical cape I made her) but neither are suitable for everyday use.  One is a Rothschild for fancy wear, and the other is a “farm coat” which stays on the farm because of the  way it looks!  So Annie did need an everyday coat, and the Downton Duffle Coat was in my pattern stash, as well as the perfect corduroy skirt, just waiting to be refashioned in something great!  The lining is some Annie herself picked out, and you probably recognize it from an earlier Kids Clothes Week refashion, the reversible corduroy skirt.  I also added an interlining, making it a very warm coat, which is just what she needs right now!  The faux leather for the elbow patches, hood binding, pockets and toggles is leftover from the cowboy quilt.

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

The reason I put off making the Downton Duffle Coat until the last was because I was intimidated!  I wasn’t sure if I could make an item of clothing this awesome looking.  But Peekaboo Pattern Shop makes this very doable.  (This happens to be the second Peekaboo Patterns jacket I’ve made, do you remember Annie’s rain jacket from last spring?)  I just took it one step at a time, and over the course of about 3 days (with many interruptions, of course) I went made it!

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

The corduroy on the original skirt ran on the diagonal, so for every pattern piece I cut out, I had to decide which way I was going to run the corduroy.  I decided to keep a diagonal direction on the front and back and part of the hood, but went straight on the sleeves.  There wasn’t enough of the skirt left to make the pockets, so I used more of the faux leather, and I love it!  Same story for the hood binding.

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

It started snowing really hard, big puffy flakes, just when it was time to do the photo shoot, and Annie and Allegra (our photographer) had lots of fun!  Who cares about a blizzard when you’ve got a warm Downton Duffle Coat to snuggle up in?

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

Catching snowflakes on your tongue is par for the course.

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you are looking for an awesome, professional, doable coat pattern for your child, we recommend the Downton Duffle Coat from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt FixationSew My Stash 2015 Reality Check:  All the fabric for making this coat came from our stash.  We did have to buy the toggle buttons and zipper.  So we exceeded our goal of 50% materials from the stash.  Yipee!!!