i dont have the book, but i can say that almost all patterns call for way more fabric than you need. i recently made a pair of boys pants that called for 1 yard, and i made them with 1/2 yard. I have seen baby dress patterns call for 2.5 yards of fabric, and you can get it done with much less. the problem with dresses is that you often need more fabric to accomodate the flare of the skirt, so while a certain yardage might seem like way too much, you need it to get the odd size pieces and you are left with a lot of scraps. i would print out your pieces, assemble, and then lay them out on another piece of fabric and see how far you get. i can usually get a pattern made with 2/3 of the fabric it calls for, but not always!
I think you're on track with the washing in cold and hanging to dry. If you're worried at all about the agitation of the washer, you could always wash by hand. You might try Woolite, or something similar, too. If that doesn't get the napkin fuzzies off, you could always try one of those sweater shaver things. If you don't have one, you can get one pretty cheaply, and they work on fabrics besides knits just fine!
yeah, i thought about a sweater shaver, i have another wool coat that could use it too. i am washing it now, if the fuzzies arent off i will buy the shaver. thanks!
I actually altered the whole thing to be a size 12 month, it came in 12M/2T combined size and it looked like it would be too big for my baby to be around winter time, so I just shaved a bit off each piece to make them smaller. If you haven't made a coat before and are looking for a simple pattern, this is only a few pieces, the directions are quick and easy, and the outcome is adorable.
The coat is made of 100% wool, and the lining is cotton.
after working with some material i know is 100% wool yesterday, i am pretty sure this is a 50/50 wool/poly blend, so if i wash it on cold, gentle, quick cycle, and hang to dry, i think it will be fine. hopefully the napkin fuzz comes off...
He looks so cute in it. My girl barely stands still either. I am also making a coat for her for the upcoming winter, prob sooner that expected with the rain we having lately Button holes are the bane of my existence I do about 4 practice ones that come out perfect then muck it up when I do it on the actual garment. As for set in sleeves, when my mum taught me to sew, we used to leave the side seams and sleeve seam open, and attach the sleeve at the shoulder, then match up the underarm, and sew the whole thing together from wrist to waist. Hope that is of some help for you (or even made sense!)
i like sewing sleeves like that, but i think with this type of sleeve, you have to sew it set in or else it will bunch under the arms. i think next time I will just pin even more.
and my machine is so weird, it says it will only do buttonholes up to 16mm long, which is 2/3 of an inch! so i have to pull the fabric through a little faster to alter the length, or just do them manually. my machine has to be lying, but I havent bothered to test my theory yet. i have to manually type in a length, i will have to see what it says when i tell it a different length.
I made my son a coat out of what I think is a wool blend, and it is lined in cotton. He recently spilled milk all over it, and I had to wipe him down with paper napkins, which left fuzz all over it. So, I am not sure how to go about washing it. Any suggestions?
As for the model, the trick I always give my friends with kids is to take picture in the "shuffle" mode, the mode where it takes 10 pictures, in one click! You're bound to get cute pics that way (although you'll have to throw away alot too). But it doesn't look like you need any help here!!!
yeah, i usually snap off about 5-7 and get 2-3 good ones. he really hammed it up here; i have some other photos that are a riot