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!