Upgrading a Coat – How I sew black details on an already sewn coat

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On the left is a coat I sew for myself, a few years ago. On the right is its upgraded version.

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

To make it, I used a McCalls pattern, an old jeans dress (from the 1990’s) and an old pair of jeans.

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

Here, you can see that the jeans from the dress (main fabric) and the jeans from the pants (sides and underarms) are not the same. The thickness is slightly different, but not enough to cause problems.

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

I always cut the pockets last. I had to incorporate seams in order to respect the size of the pockets.

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

I used the front of the dress, who had lots of metal buttons, for the centre front panels. How can I pass by those, as well as the already-made buttonholes?

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

I lined the coat with black polyester lining fabric. It hides the seams and gives the coat a tailored look.

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

I sew the lining by hand, as you can see in this picture.

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

As I was using panels already sewn, I had to be creative when came the time to finish the top of the centre front panels. I stitched the folded edges by hand.

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

Here starts the work I made a few weeks ago. I chose a black polyester fabric to upgrade my coat–an old maxi skirt (also from the 1990s)!

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

The coat being already sewn, with a lining, I could not add the black fabric with my sewing machine without removing pieces. I wanted to avoid that.  Therefore, I sew everything by hand.

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

Tiny little stitches that almost disappear from view. One has to know what to look for to find them. 🙂

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

I attached the cuff pieces directly to the lining. You can see a line of stitches where I went through all the layers when I sew the top of the cuff. I don’t worry about them as they’re inside the arm. No one will see them.

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

The collar was a little bit more tricky. But with pins and patience, it was manageable. On a side note, when hand stitching jeans, you need a good thimble.

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

Going around the corner…

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

After having done the extern edges of the collar, stitching the inside was a piece of cake.

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

Cuffs and pockets done.

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

Collar done.

Upgrading a coat - francenadeau.com

I love my new coat. Casual with attitude!

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Warm Pyjamas for Babies

Warm pyjama for babies

This is a piece of clothing I have made some 12 years ago. Warm pyjamas of fleecy fabric for the cold nights.

Warm pyjamas for babies

I used a polyester store-bought bias to finish all the edges. Yes, there are many creases. No, it is not a model of perfection. I should have made a second stitching along the edge of the bias. The result would have been prettier and the bias would have kept a better shape.  We learn from our mistakes, don’t we?

Warm pyjamas for babies

I have sewn a little cross stitch on the front to add some colors. This little clown is quite charming, don’t you think?

Warm pyjamas for babies

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A Little Dress, Sewn and Crocheted (White and Purple)

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This is a little dress made of recycled fabric. The white top comes from a t-shirt. The flowery purple skirt and ribbons come from a pyjamas. Pure white and pale purple. Terribly soft to the touch (those clothes were washed many, many times). Perfect for the skin of a one-year-old baby.

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The top has an edge of crocheted scallops. Very simply made, but sweet and charming. No finishing was required for the edge of this fabric that does not fray. And as the fabric obligingly provides holes on all its surface, inserting the crochet hook was easy.

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The dress is attached at the shoulders with ribbons made of fabric. A bow always enhance the beauty of a strip of fabric, I find.

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Do you recognize the flowery fabric? (See below.) Thank you for visiting,

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From Dress… to Top and Scarf

 

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I have sewn a dress a few years ago, following a McCalls pattern that I have used many times. The front and the back are each made of four pieces. I have recently decided to turn the dress into a top by removing the sleeves and cutting the bottom.

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This is the back, with a long zipper. Do not worry, the bottom is straight when I wear it. This top is form-fitting and do not look at its best on a hanger…

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I have added three white beads on each side of the zipper, near the edge. Unfortunately, we do not see them clearly on the picture. The beads kind of disappear in all those white and pale pink on a slightly shinny polyester.

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This is a polyester fabric that tends to distort. Even more so after ripping the seams. But I managed to keep the edges relatively straight.

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The summer scarf I was able to make with the cut bottom of the dress. I added three white beads at each corner.

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This is how my inside edges look like. Very simply done with a straight stitch.

From Dress... to Top and Scarf

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