A stitch back in time

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For me it`s the second round in the Battle of the Stitches. See my first Battle here. It`s a nice competition without any fight factor. It`s just about pushing each other, to sew something special, within the same theme. My fellow competitors are:

Olu of Needle and Ted

Toya of Made with Toya

and Sara of Made by Sara

It`s a pleasure ladies! I can`t wait to see what they all did! Be sure to check it out!

We all love vintage patterns and designs. So this battle is all about the bygone times. A stitch back in time we call it.

I was searching for a 60`s style sailor coat pattern, I saw once on Etsy. Sadly, I wasn’t able to find it anymore. Nowhere. I had already fallen in love with the design, I couldn’t think of sewing anything else. I just had to be this kind of coat. My only choice was to draft my own version, in keeping with the 60`s flair.

So I did, I drafted it myself. I sewed a muslin and had to buy some nice wool for it to be just like I imagined.

My Little Bean and I went to the local fabric shop, and found the last meter of a gorgeous wool and a little fabric scrap, just enough for the collar and a bonnet (a vintage coat needs a matching bonnet doesn’t it?). Lucky days!

And here it is…

Fliegfederfreis 60`s inspired Sailor Coat

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The pattern is an A-line style coat with a sailor collar, ranglan sleeves, welt pockets, a box pleat in the back, a button closure with fabric bound buttonholes and a full lining.

The wonderful vintage buttons where a gift from Marte. I hope I won’t loose any, I only have 5 of them. Thank you Marte, I love your buttons!

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The first snowy winter day in Switzerland, a dream to take pictures of a coat.

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The bonnet is reversible, I used the left-overs of the coat. So it`s warm and cosy and thanks to the wool, a bit weatherproof. The pattern and tutorial is from Toya. I hope she doesn’t mind but this is a friendly contest. Thank you Toya your bonnets are just too cute!

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My girl loves her new coat as much as I do. That’s unusual when it comes to handmade stuff those days. She thinks it’s nice and she looks pretty in it. Jackpot!

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I’m thinking about turing my pattern into a pdf for you. Would you be interested? Let me know!

Mint Bonbon

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Spring is in the air. After three warm and sunny days, it feels like he finally arrives. My girl wore her winter-coat everyday the whole cold season, it was time, to sew a new one for the cheery days to come. I had a little ball-shaped jacket in mind. I thought about drafting myself, but then I stumbled over this older Burda Pattern (Burdastyle 09/2012), that was just what I imagined. The smallest size they provide for this coat was 98, my girl has a size 80. I downsized the whole pattern to her measurements. A lot of work, but so worth it! It fits like a charm.

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The fabric is a lightweight wool mix I found locally. Perfect for a spring jacket. Lining fabric is from Micheal Miller

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Sewing a coat is always a more time-consuming project for me. But it reminds me why I love to sew. In the end i`m there with a very unique piece, that is just perfect for her.

Made with love.

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I searched like forever for the perfect buttons. I just couldn`t find one in the right shade of mint. In the end I had to cover them by my own. I should have done so from the beginning.

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She seems to like her new jacket. She already started to hide all kind of funny stuff inside the pockets. How fast little kids grow!

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Florence Christmas Blog Tour

 

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Christmas is still a bit far away, so I made a version suitable for the whole cold season. And as you may know, winter`s are long in Switzerland.
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As Florence is designed as a blouse, I had to make a few changes to the pattern. I sewed a size 2Y for my one year old girl, so there is enough ease to wear a jumper under it. I exdended the seam to coat lenght in an A-line. I added a box pleat in the back, i closed it to the waistline. This way the coat is nicely fitted and there is enough room around the hips allowing some movement. The princess seams were perfect to hide inseam pockets. Because I upsized, I had to shorten the arms about 1.5 cm. Take a nice wool fabric and you have a coat. That`s it.
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No, it wasn`t that easy and it wasn`t that fast. But I had so much fun with this pattern! It`s a joy to sew it up. I`m blown away by the quality of Anna`s Pattern. I would highly recommend them to everyone! Anna is giving 20% off all her patterns during this week.
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The pattern is festive and time less, but even super cute and handy for everyday use. My girl will definitely wear it at Christmas. If you would like to give it a go and sew a Florence Blouse for Christmas, be sure to share your creation on the Madeit Patterns Facebook page by the end of January and you`ll be in with a chance to win a pattern of your choice.
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The inside is fully lined with a warm wool batting and a nice cotton lining. It`s blue and white striped. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of it.
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This tour is a competition. If you like my version and if you would like to see what all the others made, you can head over to Needle and Ted where you can comment on the different Florence’s and help to select a winner.
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Ps: The awesome earflap cap is also self made. I`m going to share my free pattern in the next few days. So stay tuned!