It took a few weeks of sewing, mostly in the evenings and late at night, but finally Julia's Nituna is finished and hanging in her wardrobe. Julia chose the pattern (Figgy's Nituna) and the red wool from my stash of fabrics. I am hoping this will help increase the wearability factor. This sturdy red wool has certainly done double duty. You might remember this skirt?* For the lining I found a red floral quilting weight cotton, also an op shop buy. (See Daniel, all those stored fabrics do come in handy sometimes!) The buttons were a market buy last year.
*skirt update - I finally wore it out for dinner a few weeks back.
The pattern pieces came together well, but I did have a few issues with the welt pockets.You don't see the welt pockets? That's right, I just couldn't get my head around the instructions, so I changed it to the patch pockets. The first patch pockets I wasn't happy with, so I ended up making a new pair and lining them, which wasn't in the pattern instructions. But I'm learning that sometimes in sewing you just have go with your gut feeling. And who knows, perhaps one day I will tackle the elusive welt pocket.
I probably wouldn't recommend this pattern to a beginner sewer. Though the cut of the pattern is quite good, there were some gaps in the instructions and a few diagrams that might have come in handy, but for the most part it wasn't too hard to put together. Next time I will remember the dangers of late night sewing, as it never seems to work very well for me. This time I sewed the buttonholes on the wrong side. By the time I realised it was too late.
Overall though, I am happy with this little project. It is the first time I have sewn anything in the realm of coats or jackets, and I quite enjoyed the challenge. It felt like I was dipping my toes into the world of tailoring.
You must be so proud of that jacket. It is such a great cut and the pretty linings really make it that extra bit special. I imagine it being worn by Julia's little girl one day. xoReplyDelete
I love the pattern and colour of the linings, they make your gorgeous red jacket extra special and personal!ReplyDelete
That's amazing Tania. You should be so proud. Gorgeous lining fabric.ReplyDelete
It looks fantastic and I love the floral lining...beautiful. You should be so pleased with yourself. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, AustraliaReplyDelete
Oh I do love this jacket, i love the look of wool paired with a pretty floral print.ReplyDelete
I'll put in my order for an adult sized one please. x
its gorgeous! xReplyDelete
O my - it turned out beautifully! Julia should be happy.ReplyDelete
I am SO impressed! It's gorgeous. I too do not get on well with late night sewing, but I never seem to learn my lesson :/ReplyDelete
Love the colour, love the lining and love the buttons - just beautiful!ReplyDelete
Oh Wow! I love this! I might have to add it to the list for Adele. Don't worry about welt pockets. They are fiddly and probably unnecessary for kiddos who just want to shove heaps of 'treasure' or tissues in their pockets.ReplyDelete
It's fantastic Tania! I love the lining, too. I'm sure welt pockets are overrated. Love me a good patch pocket any day.ReplyDelete
Such a beautiful jacket. well done!ReplyDelete
Beautiful jacket Tania, would love one myself, especially red. No idea what welt pockets are, they even sound complicated, think yours look great. mel xReplyDelete
I'm just learning to sew and this jacket looks incredible daunting but it's sooooo adorable! Little Red Riding Hood adorable. Great job!ReplyDelete
the jacket looks fantastic,tania!!ReplyDelete
love the red color. great job!!!!
have a nice week,
This is beautiful!! Great job! I haven't ventured past totes, softies, and pillow cases, yet. Someday...when I have the energy and courage!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous jacket! I don't attempt to sew late at night as my brain doesn't function well at that time and I just make too many silly mistakes!ReplyDelete
Tania, the jacket looks amazing! Wool is so warm, and the colour will really suit Julia. I am sure it will be one of those special items of clothing that she will wear always remember. Even more special because it was made with love from her mama!ReplyDelete
And I'd say your toe dip into tailoring was a grand success. What a nice jacket!ReplyDelete
You've done such a good job, and that lining is to die for! Julia is one lucky girl! Hope she wears it a lot (but not so much that Violet doesn't get to enjoy it one day!)ReplyDelete
That is just gorgeous. Well done.ReplyDelete
That is very beautiful - well done xxReplyDelete