I know everybody is in a spring mood already, and I can't wait for it as well
but here the snow is predicted for tomorrow so I have all legal rights to post this now
This year's winter here was very very hard (cold and snowy) and my dds started kindergarten so they were sick all the time. Consequently I wanted to keep them warm when we were outside not to catch cold that way as well. I made a really bright orange 100% waterproof winter overall (lined with faux fur) for my dd last year so it fitted the my second baby this year just perfectly (they are 17 months apart but the little one is a bit taller). Ok, only one to go
. This is the (older) girl in her new coat and as you can see man just has to try his best for this little beauty (I know - mamma's eyes...
Some of you might remember this coat from the bag challenge where my dd posed with the bag in this coat:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=336799.msg3897571#msg3897571
I wanted to make her something really warm
but not an overall because she's a big girl, doesn't need diapers and we had a lot of really warm trousers so i thought a coat would be best. I gave it a lot of thought because the sheep fur is really expensive and I first wanted to make an anorak from OM, but than I altered it in all possible ways (I split the front and added a zipper so I can easily undress her in the store and she doesn't get hot), I lengthen it and did some other adjustments (no side zippers because I designed the bottom part differently...) so it's kind of something else now... I also painted and stenciled it and here is what I came up with:
back side where you can see the compas stencil:
closeup of the hood:
It is made of real sheep fur, treated only with vegetable stuff, no chemicals whatsoever. So it's really natural, soft and cuddly but very ugly on the leather side. But I wanted the fur side to be on the inside since that just makes the coat warmer and softer and cuddlier. So I painted the leatherside with acrylics and stenciled it with compas stencil I cut from foil. You can see a better picture of the stencil here:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342995.msg3984845#msg3984845
And last but not least here are some action (real action!) photos:
In case you are interested in the orange overall you can find it here:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=340159.msg3942478#msg3942478
To tell you the truth this project was a real pain in the a**! Sewing this fur is something I really don't look forward to do again though I really like the final result and it really is warm! Much warmer than anything else... But it was flimsy, stressful, i used a pack of needles I think, and so on...
The painting was another issue since I had to do some experiments which paints would be appropriate for the job... The textile paints didn't work because they need to be heat treated and the heat made the leather hard - not good. So I used good quality acrylics and this worked very nice. No problem whatsoever.
But with all the drama, all room full of sheep hair that flew around I'd really appreciate any feedback! This is the one project where I really need to know what you think of it...