mmm taster clip...
so my kid needed a lighter weight coat than her heavy faux sheepskin as school have decided that even though the weather in unseasonable warm, a zip up hoodie cardigan thing (in school colours I might add) is not suitable outer attire. we went shopping to find one. neither of us liked what we found for either financial or style reasons, and in her infinite wisdom my five year old asked me if I could make her one instead. wonderful suggestion except that 4 days ago, I had surgery on my right hand...and I am right handed. lol?!
I have been getting antsy and itching to get on and do something. anything. so I decded that as the bandage had come off the day before, leaving just a large dressing over the wound, I could now kinda move my hand enough. YES I COULD DAMNIT!!!
so I decided to check by holding my heavy, stainless steel tailor's shears. yes. I could just about manage them if I left myself time and did things nice and slow. could i trace a pattern?
yes. I could. and I could cut that out too....
no mean feat considering the day beofe my hand had looked like this
ok .so. the coat. once the pattern was cut and ability to use shears ascertained, it was time to pick fabric. she went through my stash and dug out the last bit of this 26 year old kind of christmassy fabric (last used here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=366042.0
) and some 1950s plastic buttons given to me by her Nanna.
ok, pattern cut. lining cut. outer cut. all labelled. pattern instructions read. audio book on ipod, ipod charged.
it took me about 6 hours to finish this coat so if i was fully able-handed it's not be long as all I reckon. but my hand hurts today. I know. my own fault!
and finally, the twirl.
the pattern is Avalon from Sewing Clothes Kids Love, but modified to be double breasted and have a collar. I wanted to do a hood but didn't have enough of the fabric!