Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Japanese Pattern Winter Jacket

Hello.
I am getting ready for Winter and have just finished another jacket for my daughter.


I used this pattern from one of my Japanese pattern books.
I loved this jacket from the moment I saw it.


I did encounter a couple of problems making it though. I used a pin striped velvet fabric and looking at the photos in the book I think they used a more stretchy fabric. Because of this I had a problem with the sleeves. They were supposed to fit in flat but I was unable to stretch the armhole so instead I had to slightly gather the sleeve. Not a major issue.

The collar had 2 pieces, one a little smaller than the other. I'm sure I was supposed to stretch the smaller piece so that when the collar was turned the seam would sit underneath. Well I couldn't stretch it here either so I just cut the 2 pieces the same size and made a regular collar.

The only other problem I had was with the buttonholes...those damn little buttonholes.
I even changed my needle for a sharp new one and still had issues. The first 2 worked like a dream but when sewing the top 2, my thread kept snapping and the feed dogs wouldn't feed my fabric through. So they ended up looking like this:


I like the pin tuck detail on the bodice though :)


We haven't really had much Winter weather here yet but I was pleased to get a little rain today so we went out to play .







Linking up here:






14 comments:

  1. What a nice coat! I also made it about a year ago for my youngest and it was a success here as well. And thank you for you nice comment on my blog :-)

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  2. So cute, good job. Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Round Up.
    Rose @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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  3. Lovely coat! I just bought this pattern book in Tokyo and got back from my trip today. I cant wait to dig into the book!

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  4. So cute! I love a little girl in a dressy coat.

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  5. This is gorgeous! Well done clever you.

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  6. That is so adorable. Wish I have such pattern:)

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog.

    The Quiet Mom @ http://olahmomma.com. You can visit directly to my latest post: http://olahmomma.com/blog/happy-anniversary

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  7. What a sweet little coat! I love the soft sheen.

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  8. Thank you for linking up this fabulous project!!!
    This week’s Linky Party is up!!!! http://polkadot-pretties.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/you-inspire-linky-party_28.html
    I hope you will stop by an link up another lovely project..
    Claire x

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  9. Hi Sherry, I've featured your Velvet Jacket today...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/05/threading-your-way-features_26.html

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  10. Another gorgeous finish Sherry! Love this!

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  11. Most of the clothes made in Japan was made with special fabrics that will give you warm during winter and cold feeling during summer.

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