Friday, April 5, 2013

Sew Off Round 1: Asymmetrical Springtime "Peecoat"

It's time to Sew Off!  Voting is now in session until Sunday at midnight, so please hop over to Naptime Crafters and pick your favourite TWO entries!

Round 1 of the competition is kids's clothing, so I decided to design and make a jacket for The Middle Child.


I have a long wool coat, bright yellow, that I bought years ago on holiday in a little boutique.  It has an asymmetrical collar that I just love.  For ages, I thought about replicating it, so this contest was the perfect opportunity!  I went into my stash and found this teal corduroy that perfectly matched my daughter's eyes, and decided to make her a spring jacket.


Using the shape of the coat as inspiration, I created my own pattern using sweetheart lines, shortening it to hip length, and adding side pockets for stashing girly treasures.


I used big wooden buttons, sewn on with yellow thread, and lined it with one of my favourite floral prints from Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane collection.  I was very proud of how well it turned out, and am happy to report that it passed the "daughter test"!


But, as is typical with me, a funny thing happened on the way to the contest ;)  I had laid the original wool coat out on the kitchen floor to use it inspect the seams.  The doorbell rang, and off I went.  When I returned a moment later, there was a HUGE puddle of PEE sitting right in the middle of the satin lining!  Turns out my old incontinent dog decided to seek some relief there, as opposed to somewhere on all the easily cleanable hardwood floors in the house.  I was griping about it to some of my quilty friends when Kaelin, who is always good for a laugh, suggested that I name it the "Peecoat"!  Why not, seeing as it was already Christened and all ;)


So there you have it!  Adventures continue :)  Now scoot off and vote, would ya!


15 comments:

Ann said...

Great job on this! My husband leaned over my shoulder when I was looking at all of the entries and said, "hey, who made that terrific coat?"

Magda E. said...

Really like the side pockets. And yeah, you should have names it the "peecoat" heheh

RaeAnna said...

I am such a sucker for unique collars like that! I LOVE IT!

Samantha said...

OMG...I love! You blow my mind with your never ending creativity and talent. I voted for you!

Katie B said...

Peecoat! Boom.

This is amazing. My mind is blown. Voting now!!!

And also your daughter is gorgeous.

Flying Blind... said...

The coat is beautiful, the dog however is not so great!

Patti said...

Great coat, and I love the lining too! A funny story can always be found with you! I'm off to vote.

Rebecca Jane said...

I know I've said it already, but your daughter is a fabulous model! Who needs posing instruction from Tyra Banks when someone clearly has natural talent! She's beautiful! And the coat is pretty magnificent too. Hope you win!

Stephanie said...

I love it!! Good on you for finding a way to laugh of about your pee experience lol

Future Quilter said...

Voted! Where did you find flowers for the photo shoot? Coat go on vacation with you?

Love the lining!

Shay said...

Its gorgeous (as is the model) Just popping over to vote for you right now!

That name is perfect given the circumstances!

alidiza said...

This is awesome!!! You can never go wrong with some Nicey Jane;-)

Kelsey said...

That lining is perfect! Sorry to hear about the pup, poor little jacket never saw it coming haha Made for a great name though!

katie@stvital said...

You have sure been busy lately! Great jacket, and great to make the most of every situation :)

traceyjay said...

I love your coat! And so awesome that you designed it too!!!
And I love your little miss... she reminds me of what my little miss might look like in a few years. ♥