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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Fear Not The Buttonhole


My first coat. My first lining. And, most importantly, my first buttonhole(s).

Now, is there an online tutorial for fussy cutting the front so it matches up? While cutting, I was thinking about how the sides match, but forgot about the front, doh!

The Pattern:
Vintage Simplicity 9903, a classic from my childhood. I think my grandma made the fuzzy version for my sister.

The Fabric:

Wonderful Richard Scarry-esque construction crew canvas fabric, part of my first purchase from Superbuzzy. What a fun package that was — all so beautiful and different, lovely and Japanese.

The Inside Scoop:
The lining is plain green quilting cotton stitched to look like woodgrain from a variety of brownish threads (read: lazy sewer doesn't want to match bobbin thread and doesn't seem to have two matching browns anyway). Tension was a little wonky, but i went with it anyway. In St. Blaize speak, it's a "better-than-it-was situation" — sometimes that's enough. I left the sleeves plain, not wood-ified, because i thought it would feel funny, too bumpy. Lining installation went well even though my brain refuses to think inside out.

Special Thanks:
To Kristin at Sew, Mama, Sew, for the inspirational Kid's Clothing Month sew-a-long. I really pushed to get this done in time to post in the Flickr group.

To my mom, for putting up with my kvetching about buttonholes. I like to talk, complain, dread, ask a ton of questions, and fret a lot before I finally dig in and try something I've never done before, like make buttonholes, or choose a kindergarten for my child.

To Sara, for a wealth of knowledge about sewing and kindergarten.

To my happy customer, for being socuteIcan'tstandit (one word).


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Blogger APO (Bem-Trapilho) said...

beautifull - both the coat and the toddler! wonderful vintage pattern. loved it!

Mon Oct 01, 01:21:00 AM PDT  
Blogger h&b said...

That is the.most.gorgeous.coat.ever.

Amazing work.

Mon Oct 01, 01:44:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Mama said...

That is just darling. I love it all (shape, recipient, fabric... All!). I missed my self-imposed little coat Kids' Clothes Month deadline and am now reinspired by you!

Mon Oct 01, 06:35:00 AM PDT  
Blogger futuregirl said...

I'm just like you, I seem to dread and over-talk things that are new ... but doesn't it make those things seem like no-big-deal later? At least, not as big a deal as you made it? :)

The jacket is amazing - and so is your freakishly adorable model. :)

Mon Oct 01, 07:06:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Mandy said...

The awesomeness of the big hair, and now the awesomeness of this little jacket? It's too much. The jacket is just the coolest little thing ever - the perfect shape for a wee person. Kudos to you for overcoming your fears. Inspiring.

(Can you tell I'm totally smitten?)

Mon Oct 01, 07:59:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Gudrun Johnston said...

Wow that is so incredibly cute and lovely.....your model looks tickled pink with it!

Mon Oct 01, 08:06:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Tess said...

absolutely beautiful job!! I love how you embellished the inside, although my absolute favorite part of all is your beautiful child!

Mon Oct 01, 08:24:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Didi from France said...

Super cute !
Both of them I mean, your boy & this rain jacket.

Mon Oct 01, 09:14:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Blaize said...

Definitely a "better-than-it-was" rather than "never-good-enough" type situation. The faux woodgrain is excellent, needle tension problems or no.

I'm with futuregirl about the model: freakishly adorable.

Mon Oct 01, 10:16:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous joy said...

love the pattern and choice of fabric


Mon Oct 01, 10:42:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Jen said...

Wow! The coat is fabulous and the kid is gorgeous. I love the woodgrain stitching in the lining. You think of everything!

Mon Oct 01, 12:16:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Cassi said...

So much adorableness in one post - I can't stand it!! Those curls...! Great job on the coat; I love the fabric and the woodgrain stitching is perfect :)

Mon Oct 01, 02:06:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous kelly said...

that is so incredible... the pattern is fantastic, and the fabric worked perfectly for it! Plus, the uber-cute end user makes it even better! We'd love to see this in the flickr group: !

Mon Oct 01, 02:16:00 PM PDT  
Blogger marcisenders said...

Love the jacket...amazing fabric!

Mon Oct 01, 03:57:00 PM PDT  
Blogger nikkishell said...

OH MY GOODNESS! Such cuteness!

Mon Oct 01, 04:18:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Sasha said...

Hey, I have that pattern but I did not imagine anything that fabulous! I want that coat in my size, very cool.

Mon Oct 01, 04:32:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kerry said...

I made that same coat for my daughter in blue and white houndstooth. I love the fabric you chose - and congrats on your button holes!! Nice work!!

Mon Oct 01, 07:04:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Blogging Molly said...

Incredible jacket. I have to get over my button-hole fear too. And then the zipper.

Mon Oct 01, 07:16:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Alex said...

The lining is so cool.
Of course, it's a super cute model and the coat is so nice, and your are a hero for having managed to do all these firsts, but the lining really is amazing!

Mon Oct 01, 07:21:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Nicole said...

That is just too cute. Nice work. I was going to say that it's the "ducks nuts" but wasn't sure if it was an australian colloquialism?

Mon Oct 01, 09:16:00 PM PDT  
Blogger patrice said...

He is so cute I can hardly stand it too!!! What a face and what a head of hair. Not to diminish the fact that your older son is beautiful as well! The coat is amazing, and I can relate to how euphoric it is to actually make a button hole look "real".

Mon Oct 01, 10:22:00 PM PDT  
Blogger two hippos said...

What a wonderful coat, congratulations on the button holes!

Tue Oct 02, 12:51:00 AM PDT  
Blogger The Peppermint Tree said...

Oh my goodness I don't know which is cuter!! the kid or the jacket way to go!

Tue Oct 02, 06:42:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous mavis said...

smashing. i love it. where did you get the idea to quilt wood grain? the red/browns and green go lovely together.

Tue Oct 02, 12:15:00 PM PDT  
Blogger capello said...

i was so dizzy with love from that first picture that i ACTUALLY FELL OUT OF MY CHAIR.

i hope you are proud of yourself.

Tue Oct 02, 01:07:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous meg said...

congratulations! beautiful work, really. Everything is just too perfect--the lining, the print, the curly haired baby. So inspiring.

Tue Oct 02, 01:19:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous claire said...

AWESOME. love that coat!!!

Tue Oct 02, 02:23:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous victoria said...

Love the coat and love the crochet-topped dress! You've done such a beautiful job! It's so much fun to create these days with such lovely fibers and fabrics to choose from, isn't it?

Tue Oct 02, 04:07:00 PM PDT  
Blogger planeta hilda said...

cool! the pattern is really nice and the fabric is great. wonderful job you made. congrats.

Wed Oct 03, 03:18:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Concha said...

oh my, it looks FANTASTIC!! love love love the pattern and the huge buttons!

Wed Oct 03, 10:48:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous jill DiMassimo said...

Wow! That coat reminds me why it's so much fun to sew your own stuff. You cannot find a coat like that available for your kid, especially at a kid-friendly price. I just saw a fleece coat for my six-month old today that was a little funkier than the norm -- for $89! He'll grow out of it in a few months and it will not be an heirloom.

Lovely, special, inspiring.

Wed Oct 03, 10:59:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Emily said...

Good Lord, that's CUTE!!!!

Wed Oct 03, 07:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Violette Crumble said...

Un Be F*ing Leiveable.

Wed Oct 03, 09:06:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Joanna said...

That is so cute! Do they still make that pattern? I would love to make one for my daughter.

Thu Oct 04, 08:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

That is so cute I can't stand it! I love vintage patterns. Excellent job!

Thu Oct 04, 12:35:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Kim said...

I am so late to the game here, but, oh my god it's great! I have some of that fabric too but don't know what to do with it. Hmmm ... the jacket might look sharp with some log pants!

Fri Oct 05, 08:44:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Mary Beth said...

I love that jacket! Well done!

Fri Oct 05, 05:20:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Dana said...

That coat is to die for! good form, good form.

Sat Oct 06, 01:58:00 PM PDT  
Blogger anna said...

that is the most adorable little coat ever!!!!

Thu Oct 11, 05:29:00 PM PDT  
Blogger love.boxes said...

That coat is so adorable and so is the little person wearing it!

Fri Oct 12, 03:10:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jenni-Raie said...

THAT is the cutest coat ever! i especially like your choice of funky fabric. so much more kitsch than the fabrics on the pattern package!

Sun Oct 14, 07:34:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Blair said...

this is seriously one of the cutest coats I have ever seen! All the elements are perfect and that photo of your proud model is so beautiful!

Sun Oct 14, 09:21:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous JoAnna said...

So cute. I am slowly gearing up for the button hole thing. Why do they seem to terrifying? DOn't you LOVE the new stuff over at Superbuzzy?

Tue Oct 16, 06:13:00 PM PDT  
Blogger pussman said...

It is gorgeous!! Really that pattern is sooo lovely. Where did you get it?

Wed Oct 17, 02:26:00 PM PDT  
Blogger gwendomama said...

is that yo baby? what a-happened to your baby?

Wed Oct 17, 11:12:00 PM PDT  
Blogger natasha said...

i want that jacket for meeeeeeeeeeeee. sniff. a bit bigger, though.

Thu Nov 01, 08:55:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Marietta said...

what a fantastic little coat!!!!!
and lining is a brilliant idea! why don;t i think of these things?
i am not sure if i have commented before - i lurk a bit via futuregirl :)

Fri Nov 02, 09:03:00 PM PDT  

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