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11  Re: Lining a hooded jacket in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by KitschyCoo on: January 19, 2009 03:50:44 AM
Do you have more detail on the pattern or have a photo?  I'm assuming that it has a full opening down the front as opposed to pulling over the head?

The easiest way to line a jacket (in my humble opinion of course!  Smiley ) is to make an identical jacket out of lining material.  This means your coat can be reversible if you like! When you have assembled each of them as far as the sleeves (front and bottom edges are raw) attach the two together.  The hood should be completely finished before attaching the two together, and sewn to the shell as per the pattern.  To attach the shell and lining, you would lay one on top of the other one, right sides facing and the hood sandwiched in between and dangling down inside.  The sleeves are also inside.  Here's a picture from one of my patterns:

Starting at the yellow dot, you would sew around the neck, down one front edge and across the bottom (leaving a gap of about 8 inches), across the other side of the bottom, up the other front edge and back to where you started.  Then you can reach through the hole and pull the jacket right sides out.  Close the hole at the bottom, push the lining sleeves inside the shell sleeve and enclose the raw edges. 

Some things to consider though...  You need to make sure your lining fabric is thin enough that it doesn't change the size of the jacket for being double layered (maybe arm holes would be too tight or jacket wouldn't close across the chest if you lined a close fitting jacket with thick fleece for example).  Also if the original pattern folds over at the centre chest pieces (like it would if you making a button placket or for a zipper) you have to change the pattern to remove the foldover as you won't be folding it if it is lined with an identical jacket.  Just some things to consider, feel free to PM me if you need any help!
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12  Blue coat for ol' blue eyes (with branches and orange too) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: January 16, 2009 06:22:38 AM
I had a lot of things partially made for my niece's Christmas presents but in the end only mananged to finish this coat in time  Sad  Not a lot of time when I was away to sew, and my mom's machines did my head in...

I went on the hunt for blue fabric because she has stunning big blue eyes.  I found some of this gorgeous blue, white and orange branchy print at Ikea and the reverse is burnt orange cotton twill. There are orange fabric buttons on the blue side and blue and white polka dot fabric buttons on the other. After a couple of the earlier six button coats, I've decided that I like the four buttons more.  Probably because I had to do the buttonholes by hand and I couldn't bear to do six!  Tongue

It's probably more of a spring coat, I didn't put any of the goretex/fleece in the middle so it's not gonna do for a Boston winter!  It's very roomy though, she's a skinny wee thing so hopefully plenty of wear!

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13  Re: Kimono dress tute, oh so many pics *UPDATE* Action pics added in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: January 11, 2009 04:12:20 PM
Hey Flutteringby, I'm almost always around and more than happy to help, just PM me! 

I've read over the tute again, I think I can see why you are confused.  Unlike some other kimono patterns, the sleeves are not in a continuous piece with the bodice.  As you can see, in the fourth picture if the original tute, the sleeve piece has been drawn to the left of the bodice:

I should have been clearer that this piece should be cut off the bodice and used independantly, I see what you mean about it disappearing!  I probably should have included this picture too:

It shows that there is a front left, small front right and sleeve (x2).

I hope this helps, and again, just let me know if you need anymore help!  Cheesy
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14  Hippo and frog twirly christmas dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: December 10, 2008 02:27:56 AM
I had a picture in my head for twirly christmas dresses for dd and dn using the red and green fabrics I have.  Frogs and hippos aren't very Christmassy but the colours fit and I don't generally do what's expected  Cheesy

Anyway, it imagined it with a spotty bodice and four tiers so very twirly.  I ignored the fact I hate gathering and calcuated all the tiers.  First three I gathered with clear elastic, then I ran out (final tier was ore than four yards wide) and did dental floss / zig zag.  Right near the end of gathering the final tier (and at 2AM) the floss snapped.  Then I snapped.  And I more or less just gathered with my fingers and pinned a lot.  Tongue

It's a toss up as to who dislikes it more, me or dd.  She's not into the twirl and it got in her way when she was playing on the floor. So in the spirit of Christmas, I'm giving it away.  There's nothing wrong with it (I'm actually pretty pleased with my first constructed twirl dress), we just don't like it.  It a generous 2T.

To enter, see the details on my blog: http://kitschycoo.blogspot.com/2008/12/free-giveaway-of-this-hippo-frog-twirl.html

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15  Three more bird-based coats (insane number of pics) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: December 04, 2008 08:33:00 AM
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.  Tongue  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.   Angry  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  Grin, 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.  Sad

Feedback always appreciated!
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16  Properly double breasted bird print coat in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: November 25, 2008 05:53:09 AM
I tweaked the elf coat pattern a bit to make it double breasted and gave it a peter pan collar.  I lined it with a really plush, cosy fleece, which is nice for the wearer but not nice for the maker.  Cheesy  I guess it is technically reversible but I didn't bother putting buttons on the fleece side as I couldn't imagine ever wanring to wear the soft side out and canvas side in.  I'm still having nightmares about making the buttonholes through thick fleece and canvas.  Tongue

I was going to wait and post this coat with another couple that I've cut out and started on, but I've been sidetracked so I'm not sure when I will finish them  Cry  One is about 95% done except for buttonholes and sleeve edges but I am kinda scared to do those bits as this coat is a triple layer (canvas, goretex fleece and lining cotton) and my machines are barely cooperating.  I hate to ruin it now after about 6 hours on it last night... Any one have any advice about working with things that are really stiff and thick?  My presser foot is as high as it goes but I was struggling to get the fabric to move and not skip stitches...

Anyway, here's the one that I did finish...

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17  The amazing technicolour elf coat. With velveteen. in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: November 21, 2008 06:54:07 AM
I've been hoarding some lovely lime green velveteen for awhile and I really haven't known what to do with it.  Despite the fact that her grandparents have just bought her a coat, I still like making her more.  I wanted a double-breasted one for extra warmth across the chest but screwed up somewhere along the way (methinks seam allowances not wide enough) so it ended up being single breasted with massive buttons.  I also made it reversible so if we're feeling funky we can wear it crazy side out. Grin 

The hood is a bit of a health and safety hazard.  Right after I took the pic with it up, it fell forward covering her whole face and she fell down.  So I guess it's a bit of a decorative hood  Grin

I bought some goretex fleece to use instead of batting (it's wind and waterproof) but I wasn't going to waste until I was sure the pattern worked... glad I didn't as I'm still longing for double-breasted.  I still have a lot of velveteen, so I'm going to re-jig the pattern and make one for my niece with a different lining fabric.

It's bit big for her now but without the batting it's more of a spring coat, and sleeves roll up...

Any ideas for what else I can do with velveteen?

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18  Yoked kokeshi top, 'pilgrim' minidress, big 'ol scoodie + random Ottobre (pics!) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: November 05, 2008 08:52:09 AM
I made this tunic top / dress last night and was so happy with how it turned out.  I was a very big girl and did facings and everything.  Grin  It fastens with a button at the top of a slit in the back (made too short last night but fixed today), and has elasticated sleeves.  I was so excited to show my dh but when he saw it he said, 'Hmm, it's... interesting'.  Cheeky bugger.  I'd really like to make some different ones but am I deluded it's nice?!  I'd like to do cording / piping around the yoke to set it off but I'm a bit intimidated (plus I don't have any).  I tried it on ds too to get a better idea of sizing, although he didn't like the elasticated sleeves much so pushed them up.  Fortunately he likes biscuits more, so I at least got a pic.

The yoked dress is roughly based on this pattern from Ottobre 04/08 (10).  This was my first Ottobre!  I deviated slightly from instructions (don't I always?!) by not shirring the neck in so it's a bit wide.  It's velour, which is so messy in the ol' serger!  I also added a mock placket and buttons.  It looks a bit like a cross between a pilgrim and a french maid but she still looked cute!  She wore it with jeans in the morning and tights in the afternoon.

Made my first scoodie, and (when am I going to learn?) made the big mistake of using a woven with the velour, which was soooo stretchy it skated all over the place and distorted, I had to put a pleat at the neck base to rein it in.  And, it's also ridiculously big, so i could wear it too.

And finally, my second Ottobre, it is a raglan dress with gathered waist, made out of viscose jersey.  Truely nothing special but I'm psyched I finally managed to get gathering with clear elastic to work.   

Feedback always appreciated!
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19  Must...keep...neck...warm, the evolution of the turtleneck (pic heavy) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: October 31, 2008 04:57:55 AM
Since dd got a chest infection that landed her in hospital a couple of weeks ago (and the fact it's baltic here already), I'm paranoid about keeping her chest warm.  Most of the tops I make her are pretty wide at the neck (I'm all about pulling over the head without fastenings), so I wanted to make her some turtlenecks.  Again, I didn't have a pattern, and the whole big head/ narrow shoulders thing is a bit of a challenge.  Oh, all pics feature food and drink spills, she's a mucky pup. Grin

Comments / criticisms greatly appreciated!

Attempt one, based on a raglan pattern, neck band just made much taller and overlapped for buttons.  I decided in the end not to make the buttons functional as it was just too much effort and it looked like the neck would be too wide anyway.  Smiley The end result is that it looks a bit louche for a baby, fine if she was drinking coffee in a Parisian cafe but not great for the whole neck-warming.  I do like the look though but maybe she's a bit little for it.

Attempt two, raglan again but with the neckline brought up so it's a closer fit.  It did work but I think I don't like such a close neck on a raglan, at least with the sleeve angle the way it was.  I made a matching pinafore too out of a the same thick cosy jersey as the first turtleneck.

Attempt three, my first Ottobre pattern (the newest edition).  The front neckline is meant to be gathered with clear elastic but this didn't work at all.  End result, bulky, wavy front.  Still looks all right as an under layer though.

Attempt four, Ottobre pattern without elastic attempted.  I am in LOVE with this fabric.  I made a collar with a big turquoise button first but thought it was a bit too much, so I just switched to a normal collar.  I really should have changed the pattern to take into account that the elastic wasn't going to be used though.  I'll change it before I make any others. 
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20  Tunics for autumn (warning: crossdressing) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by KitschyCoo on: October 22, 2008 01:57:19 PM
I currently have more babycord than JoAnn's.  I panic-bought the last time we went to the States because printed babycord is like gold-dust in the UK.  Every time I open the fabric closet, I look sheepishly at a mountain of lovely autumn fabric and wonder what to do with it.  I've been struggling with lack of imagination, but gave in this week and made shirts anyway.  They are a variation on the double elastic in the neck dress I've posted before, but with a few amendments due to the weight of the fabric, the season, and of course, that it's not a dress.  Smiley I have cut it in a very generous a-line and it should fit from 1 to 4yr.  DD is 17m and it fits as knee-length tunic and ds is 3 and it fits him as hip-length.  My husband had kittens when he saw the pic of son wearing it.  Roll Eyes  The blue apple one was made for my niece's birthday.

What else should I do with all this fabric??

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