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« 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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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2008 08:39:30 AM »

Those are all beautiful! Cheesy  The fabric choices are awesome!  Cheesy
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2008 08:41:29 AM »

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 

Is too such a thing as goretex fleece'! My sister worked at the Gore plant in Delaware, and bought miles of it home to her loving family.

Cute coats Grin


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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2008 08:43:53 AM »

Thanks so much for clearing that up, confirms to me that the lady was just being mean!

« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2008 08:47:29 AM »

Man, I wish I was your child! I love the coats. So beautiful.

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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2008 09:00:36 AM »

Oh I love anything reversible!  Grin  Those are beautiful - and I love the hood too!  I never would have known you were wrestling with your machine through all this!
  As for whether or not this style is suitable for a boy....I think that call is strictly up to the parent.  I think they definitely have a feminine quality to them - but that's just me.  I remember when my cousins were little boys, they wore coats in a similar style a la Christopher Robin. Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2008 09:02:02 AM »

I LOVE these coats!  I think you may have said before, but is this Vegbee's Fairweater pattern?  My favorite is the blue and white dots.  Awesome!
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2008 09:09:57 AM »

I LOVE these coats!  I think you may have said before, but is this Vegbee's Fairweater pattern?  My favorite is the blue and white dots.  Awesome!

Nope, this one is my own pattern!  I have posted a coat made with vegbee's pattern though !  Cheesy

« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2008 09:12:18 AM »

very nice!  I love all your fabrics!  Do you mind disclosing where you get the lovely bird fabs, I can never find any!  (I especially like the orange!)

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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2008 09:30:53 AM »

I wish those were in my size!!! They're wonderful.

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