I appear to have a slight obsession with bird print fabric these days! After the black double breasted coat with birds a couple of weeks ago, I've made three more bird-theme coats. All of them are all reversible, and I had a really
hard time with them because of the thickness and weight of the fabrics. And I had to pretty much do the button holes manually / by hand.
The first one is double breasted and made of orange heavy weight cotton with black birds and branches on the front, with orange and cream dots on the reverse. There is also a layer in between of what I was told was goretex fleece when I bought it... someone posted on my blog 'FYI there is no such thing as goretex fleece' and then disappeared again so I'm not sure what to believe.
Does anyone know? I bought it on ebay and seller is well-established and clearly stated several times that it's made by Goretex...
Anyway, my machine could totally not cope with putting the three layers together, so the sleeves were given double fold cuffs and then hand stitched. Buttons on front are black and white polkadot, buttons on back plain orange. I wanted to do something else but gave up... I tried it on ds and I thought it looked really nice but husband does not agree... 'Garish' was mentioned. Do you think this style is suitable for a boy?
Second one is single breasted and has seagull-type silhouettes in black with bluey accents on a white background, some of the beaks are red. The reverse is blue and white polkadots, and there is also a 'goretex fleece' layer in the middle. Again, machine could not cope so sleeve edges and back hem are slip-stitched. Although machine grudgingly let me topstitch the orange coat, it would not let me topstitch this one.
I do actually like the 'cleaner' lines without topstitching though, what do other people think? Both sides have red polka dot buttons.
Last one is the same green velveteen as I used for the elf coat, also double breasted, but with four buttons instead of six, no inner fleece layer and with a hood. I modified the elf hood to more of a pixie hood
, slightly more fitted so it's not as dangerous! The reverse is Aviary fabric. Both sides have pink and white polkadot buttons. I was struggling with the layers shifting all about so I had to unpick and redo some bits... figured out that my machine didn't like when the velveteen was down on the feed. So it took a lot longer than it should have! The pics came out badly, the the colours are a lot more muted than in real life.
Feedback always appreciated!