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.

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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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

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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.

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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)!

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Going around the corner…

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

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Cuffs and pockets done.

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Collar done.

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I love my new coat. Casual with attitude!

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Making Quilts with Old Pants – Two quilts for men

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As I mentioned before, I made seven quilts last fall (for Christmas). First, I made three quilts for boys, with 6″ squares. After, I made two quilts for girls, with 91/2″ squares. Then, I made two quilts for men, again with 91/2″ squares.

Just like the previous quilts, those two are made with old pants. My spouse’s pants. Thick jeans of various colors. As you may guess, my spouse received one quilt for Christmas. Now, he can sleep with his pants…

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Making Quilts with Old Pants – Two quilts for girls

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Last fall, I made seven quilts with old pants (as Christmas gifts). I started with three quilts for boys, sewing 6″ squares and house appliqués (you can see them here). Then I continued my work to make two more, destined to my niece and my sister. Christmas was approaching rapidly and an increase of speed was in order. Therefore, I graduated to 9 1/2″ squares. 

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I sew bits of ribbons and lace on my niece’s quilt, giving it a shabby look that suits the pale flowers of the back fabric.

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The quilting was simply done, with diagonal lines.  Every squares that did not have the chance of having a piece of ribbon or lace were treated with machine embroidery.

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A fleecy fabric was added on the back, for softness and warmth.

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If I recall correctly, I used six woman’s pants for this project. Six old pants that were put to good use, in my opinion. Thank you for visiting,

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Making Quilts with Old Pants – A pattern and a giveaway

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Last fall, I made three quilts destined to young boys, as Christmas gifts. To make those quilts, I used my sons’ old cotton pants.

Old pants make sturdy quilts that can endure rough treatments, in terms of usage (car, camping, etc.) or cleaning (washing machine and dryer). Also, using old pants is a fun way to recycle clothes that may not be wearable anymore, but that still have beautiful and usable pieces of fabric.

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I have written a pattern, in French and in English. The difficulty level is medium, because of the thickness of the fabrics involved and because the project starts with pants that must be deconstructed. But in the end, this is easy, fun and rewarding. 

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Each square measure, before sewing, 15.2 cm / 6”. The finished quilt measures 98 cm x 154 cm / 38 1/2” x 60 1/2”.

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After I finished the tops, I have added a few houses, using the same fabrics as for the squares (even the tiniest scraps were put to use). Designing houses was the funniest part of making these quilts!

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My pattern includes detailed step-by-step instructions on how to deconstruct the pants, how to make squares and assemble them, how to make house appliqués how to add the back fabric and how to make the quilting. It also includes a layout for the squares, examples for house appliqués, schemas and many pictures to guide you along the way. My pattern is now available in my Craftsy Pattern Store, in English and in French.

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Now, let’s have some fun! I’m giving away two pdf patterns. The two winners can choose between an English pattern and a French pattern. For a chance to win, follow the Rafflecopter instructions below. The giveaway ends next Sunday, March 20, at midnight.

Good luck and have fun making quilts with old pants!

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