Friday, July 8, 2016

Keith's Coat

With Canada Day on Friday, last weekend was a long weekend for many Canadians. My daughter and her family went to visit my son-in-law's parents which meant that my grandchildren were going to see the "wrong" grandparents - VBG - however...





... there was this entirely appropriate picture of them in a large lime (which is Grandma's favourite color) wheel-well from a mining truck (which is the industry Grandpa works in). SO CUTE but then I am totally biased.





The picture above is of my oldest grandson who is now three. When my daughter was pregnant, I thought about what to do for each grandchild that would be maintainable even though I didn't know how many grandchildren I'd eventually have or how many would come "ready-made". I decided to make each child something with their name on it. Daimon's coat was Melton cloth with a dark blue lining and turquoise top- stitching and embroidery.





Keith's coat is denim using the lighter "wrong" side as the right side. I finished it several weeks ago but was waiting for it to get to their house before posting. I wanted him to see it first. The coat was the first project from the potential boxes and is made entirely from "scraps". That intrigues me. How much did I throw away before I realized its potential? I'll be sewing out of the boxes for years and it's all "free."





The painted pieces are from the surface designed jeans made in March. I combined the painted scraps with unpainted portions of the denim, a red and black check, and red top-stitching. The back was pieced, pressed, and top-stitched before the pattern piece was cut out.





I tried not to use too much of the painted fabric in case it had a more feminine over-tone. The check fabric was chosen to balance that and used for the zipper placket, hemlines, upper collar, and facings.





The sleeve has two pieces with an accent strip at the hemline. I wrapped that around to the inside so the sleeve could be rolled up until his arms were longer.





The lining is dark blue with turquoise embroidery like Daimon's coat because I thought that's the color direction I was heading in and had the embroidery done at a shop before the project changed directions. I'd already paid for it so it was staying and it still works. The top of the pockets is the fabric's selvage.





Keith will be one at the end of next month so this project took a bit longer than his brother's and it's done and this is good. The only deadline I need to concentrate on now is finishing my daughter's "real" purse to replace the prototype above before her 30th birthday in December. I have some leather but not enough. I hope to get more in Calgary the next time I visit however, just in case, do you know of a good place to buy leather at on-line? Thanks.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - I took these pictures at the start of learning how to take better pictures and even though it's only been a short time, I can already see progress. YES YES!

12 comments:

  1. Love the portrait of your grand-babies in the chartreuse wheel well. The jacket is adorable. Brava!

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  2. Holy cow, but how big is that truck? Sheesh!

    You asked about which blogs I read. I've really dialed my blog reading way back--I don't care about the "I made this" aspect that much anymore. As I said, I get pulled in by storytelling, so I still read Shams' blog, and of course Marcy Tilton's. And the real queen of craft/story is of course the Yarn Harlot!

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    1. Those trucks are HUGE - several stories high some times. I've read the Yarn Harlot in the past and she's definitely a good story teller. I have a couple of her books too. I'll go back. I like blogs like Sham's and Marcy's that take a pattern in a different direction... which makes sense... since that's my focus too. Thanks.

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  3. Myrna that boy's coat brings tears to my eyes. You know, I am sure, that you are creating "heritage" garments for those boys. . . and for their little boys in the future! It is adorable. And the painted fabric has a "high spirited child" vibe much more than it has a "girl" vibe.
    I have purchased leather from Emma One Sock emmaonesock.com and also from Fabric Mart - both in the US, alas, but maybe they have generous shipping for Canadians. Or couldn't you get someone to go out on the range and just capture you some leather on the hoof??

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    1. LOL - I'm sensitive but not sentimental so creating a heritage doesn't matter to me as much as individuality and something Grandma made specifically for me as in do you see me, do I matter.

      Leather on the hoof might be a bit mucky. No thanks. I'll buy mine "wrapped in cellophane."

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  4. And now that I think of it, I think I have sometimes seen a pile of leather at a chain fabric store - you just have to get lucky maybe. . .

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    1. I'll check. It's a good excuse to go to Calgary and snuggle some grandbabies. Keith turns one at the end of August so I want to go for that and I'll check Tandy Leather first.

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  5. As I read your post on this amazing coat that I too feel will outlive many generations of little boys in your family to be, It reminded me of the quilts of Gee's Bend, and how incredible works of art are stitched together from scraps that are now historical time pieces. Great photos too!

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    1. I love the push that comes from stitching scraps together and of course it's fun to make things "for free" from the scrap pile. Hopefully the boys will enjoy their coats but if they don't, I enjoyed making them.

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  6. FABULOUS coat, and great photos too!

    Sydney

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    1. YEAH - anonymous posting worked. I'm glad. Thank you. I think the coat is really cute too and it's good to know my photos are improving.

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