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« on: December 06, 2011 11:56:57 AM »

I had to buy my daughter a winter coat, but the girl ones were double the price and half the quality of the boys one, so I ended up buying her the boy coat. My daughter is what you would call a "girly girl" so I want to do something to customize the coat and make it more feminine. I was thinking about some iron-on flowers, but I'm worried the iron will ruin the fabric. I'm not sure what you would call it, I guess the "typical" winter coat material? It says 100% polyester. Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2011 12:58:50 PM »

As a trial, you could try ironing on a tiny bit of hem on the inside, so if it melts it wont show. But why not sew on motifs, or paint or stencil them. Colourful or printed ribbon stitched in rows around the hem and cuffs would look nice too.
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2011 01:26:40 PM »

You didn't tell what's the colour but I imagined that It could be navy blue (dark one) and I don't know what is the age of your daughter so some of my ideas might be quite childish Wink



I would add some fake fur to the hood and the animal ears on the top (cat or bear ears) then, on the arms, ribbon epaulettes . I would also sew some fake fancy bottoms on the front (maybe sweets, or just colourful one) and, in the end, on the back of the coat I would add fabric flower and stitched (I reckon that iron may melt polyester).

I hope I was helpful ; ) (sorry for that shabby sketch)
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2011 01:35:10 PM »

Thank you both for the suggestions! And wow, amazing sketches!! The closest I ever come to drawing is a topless stick figure with a triangle skirt and no hair  Wink  My daughter just turned 7, and I know she would love a big flower on the back, animals ears, fur, etc. She is the quintessential girly girl!  The coat is mostly red with some black, and I know my mom has some cool red and black fur that I'll have to swipe. I've never sewn fur before, so I might have to talk her into helping me  Grin

Thanks again, so much. I'm really happy I found this site. I have a lot of creative ideas, but have a hard time implementing them. These forums and articles are going to be a huge help! 
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2011 01:52:35 PM »

Ooh, the fur and the ears are a SUPER idea!
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2011 12:17:20 PM »

When you end making this coat, please, share with some photos of final version ; ) I'm curious about the effect.

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