Wanna make one? I'll show you how below:
So to preface this, I don't think this is a beginners sewing project. I took some pictures along the way, but most of the stuff, you kinda have to know how to do and I will just describe it. There are not too many seams, but this is not a super easy sewing project.
Ok!! Here we go!!
- Fabric for outside of coat ( I used an old dress )
- Fabric for lining Inside of coat ( my dress had a lining)
- A piece of clothing that fits your baby to trace for pattern
- Thread in color choice
- 8 buttons
- tissue paper and pen/ pencil ( for making pattern)
1.) I Started out with an old dress I was getting rid of. The fabric is nice and warm, and resembles wool. The dress also came with a liner, which was perfect because I just used this for the lining in the coat. I was also able to reuse the buttons off of it for the front of the coat. I had to buy 4 more buttons similar just smaller. They cost me 5 cents each. ( I have a great local fabric shop.) So total cost for me was 20 cents. I know I bought the dress at least 6 years ago. I got it at goodwill. So it is a sunk cost, not gonna count it, but prolly like only 6 dollars to start anyways. :)
I started by un-picking the seams in the back of the dress by the zipper, so that I could lay it out flat and use like a large piece of fabric.
2.) I made a pattern:
there might be a better way but this is how I did it:
I used this little cotton jacket that I had, and liked the design of it. I laid it under my tissue paper, and carefully felt for the seams, and drew on top of the paper where those seams where. I made sure to stretch the jacket free of any wrinkles or lumps to make sure that I got the sizing right.
If you do not have a similar thing that you would like to trace, use other items. A bodice of a shirt and sleeves from a long sleeved shirt would work well too.
You just might have to make it slightly bigger and flared at the bottom to make sure that it will fit. I made the first mistake of not thinking about the fabric types. If what you are tracing is stretchy make sure that you give your non-stretch fabric a little more room so that it will fit around your babe:)
I made sure to label which parts I had traced so that I didn't get confused later. Above is the back of the jacket. There are no seams in it, and it is one big piece.
I added a seam allowance of about "5/8 to all of the sides. ( I started to draw it out all measured, then just ended up eye-balling it.)
I made a pattern for each of these pieces:
Back of coat, front flap ( bottom half), front flap( top half), sleeve, collar, sleeve embellishment ( cuff) , and back of coat embellishment, ( which is the same as the "cuff" piece.)
|all of the pieces together|
3.) I cut out the pattern pieces and pinned them to my fabric. Then I cut them out. Below is the back of the coat being pinned and cut.
|I didn't follow the bottom of the pattern exactly because I decided I wanted to use the hem from the dress, so that I didn't have to sew my own. So I left the bottom un-cut.|
I cut the following pieces:
Back of coat (2)- 1 plaid, 1 lining material .(Can be cut on fold as well if pattern is folded in half.)
Front flap bottom (4)- two plaid, one for left side on for right, and then 2 lining , one for each side.
Front flap top(4)- two plaid, one for right and one for left, Two lining, one for each side
Collar (2)- plaid material one for inside and one for outside
Sleeves ( 8) - four plaid. fronts and backs, 4 linings fronts and backs.
Cuffs (6)- all plaid a front and back for each arm, and then a front and back for back embellishment
4.) I sewed the Front flap top and bottom pieces together facing the right side of the fabric together, leaving the seam inside. I just used a regular stitch, and then zig- zagged along frayed edges. If you have a serger use that... Don't have one....someday....:)
5.) I continued putting the pieces together using a "5/8 seam allowance, piece by piece. I sewed the front flaps on to back piece next. When these were all put together it looked like a vest. You can see where the arm holes are above.
I then sewed the sleeves together. I took two pieces put the right sides of the fabric together, and sewed and zig zagged.
Then I sewed the sleeves into the armholes, so that the seams are on the insides. this gets a little tricky. I found it easiest to turn the jacket ( vest) inside out, and then put the sleeve into the hole from the inside leaving the sleeve turned right side out. This puts the seams in a way that will make the seam on the inside.
6.) I continued on with this doing the exact same thing with the lining fabric so that I had two coats. One with plaid, and one with lining. I made sure the finish the hem on bottom of both where needed after sewing the pieces together. I tried to cut most of the bottom pieces on the hem of the dress so that I didn't have to do this though.
After I had two coats, one plaid and one lining, I turned the lining one inside out. I then stuck it inside the other coat. I did this so that the lining seams would be facing the inside. This way no raw seams are visible.
7.)To sew the lining into the sleeves, just flip the sleeve inside out, and stitch around wrist. Including both the plaid and lining. Then flip right side out.
Here is what mine looked like with all of the pieces sewn together and the sleeves attached to the lining:
Then I used my button hole foot, and sewed two button holes on top of the flap/ hem I created on the front of the left jacket front. Then I sewed on two buttons for going through the holes, and two faux buttons for looks.
It was an ambitious project but it only took me a day, once I got the pattern made. Hope you have a happy day!!