When I started sewing the leather coat, I didn't like the way the fabric performed especially around the armhole. It puckered and showed creases and looked like it wouldn't have much longevity so I changed my mind... again... and bought something called kashmir coating that is 80% polyester and 20% rayon and feels like a melton cloth only is more washable.
It's black which meant the zipper I planned to use with the bronze teeth and tab was not the best match. There are three or four different options for bronze teeth. With silver teeth, the only option was the ring. For an exposed zipper that might work but I'm contemplating whether I want the zipper exposed with a shield underneath or hidden with a placket over top. I want it to be comfortable, and little boy playable. Which do you think would work best?
With the original leather version, when I topstitched the underarm seam, I got the zipper foot and needle stuck and had to tug to remove the garment. I think that's when the hole occurred. This time, I removed the needle and presser foot each time to slide the pile of fabric out without damage and it worked great. The top stitching is turquoise and seems just right - fun but not feminine.
In the end, I made inseam pockets, no zipper. My mind wasn't up to new challenges so instead I enjoyed a job well done. I like how neat it is and the bemberg lining is sturdy enough for little hands and rocks and other fantastic finds. Do you find yourself "patting" your work and admiring when you've done a job well done? I think that's so important - to celebrate our skills and be thankful for them because each one took time and investment to develop and each now enables us on new adventures. I love how sewing is cumulative and continues to grow and develop.
My oldest son asked for new pajama pants for Christmas. I rarely sew for other people but this seems to be a gift that is appreciated so they're fun to make only the pattern has gone missing... which is really strange since I always put them back in the same place... and I'm sure it'll show up as soon as I finish the pajama pants... but since that's after as opposed to before I bought McCall's 4244 - a man's pattern - not a the whole family pattern - and not a misses, men's, teen's and dog pattern. That made me laugh.
Aryck is extremely conservative and told me to pick the fabric. The choice narrows considerably when you're shopping for flannel for a man plus I refuse to complicate pajamas by matching plaids BUT... I'm sure he'll be pleased to know that I resisted the hot pink and the lime green I so desperately wanted to buy - LOL - and settled for these stripes. I'm still deciding which two but definitely the purple for that fun little artist inside of him that's dancing up and down eager to get out. He wants a desk with lights in it that changes color ! ! !
I'm not sure if I'll start on the pajamas today. Probably, because I can't finish the coat until I take the lining in and have my grandson's name and date of birth embroidered on it.... in turquoise... now that I've finally decided this version is working. When I had the coat in the fabric store yesterday, it was voted so... SO... cute. That works.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - an answer, not one we expected, not one I like, difficult.