Wednesday, May 25, 2016

It is a good thing he is cute.

Hugo's sportscoat is finished, Baby!
(Quick recap, Beamish sits his UMAT in a few months time and asked me to recreate this)
Hugo's 'lucky' outfit.
We decided to leave the vest for now, I was worried it would be too warm and I am slightly over tailored sewing, just for now.
It was a lot of work and I am so glad to be done but it looks so nice on him.
Lekala #6017
I used this pattern from Lekala.
The fit was perfect, no alterations needed at all.
I sewed it up in a wool/poly herringbone cloth that I purchased in bulk from eBay.
The same stuff I made Liddy's coat from...
And Trixie's dungarees.

The lining is a satin backed crepe. It has a wee bit more body then regular satin.
I wished I had used a stretch satin although the lining does have good ease.
Hugo has a few stressed seams in the lining of his Thread Theory coat.

Please excuse the WIP photos, I am blogging them as a note-to-self. The pattern instructions are a bit on the light side.
I maxed out our internet data using youtube tutorials.
For the chest pocket I used this video
The pockets have lining one side and silky lining the other.
I interfaced the front jacket with sheer weft for stability as well as the facings and collar.
The flap edges are hand sewn in place.
It took me around an hour to sew the pocket.
For the welt pockets with the flap I used this video
My welts are a little wonky but my fabric was starting to deteriorate so I left it be.
For sewing the back vent (and again for the sleeves) I used this video

I tried to bag the lining but as I had already sewn the sleeve hems it didn't work.
So I pinned and sewed the sleeve lining to the body lining, in increments and then hand sewed the gap shut.
I didn't like any of the shoulder pads I had but it needed something. On a whim, I tried the swim suit pads I had purchased for the Twins bikini tops and they were perfect.
I hand sewed them to the main coat before finishing the lining.
I am really pleased with the lining. I added extra ease after making a mistake with Elsa's so I had very nice folded hems to allow good body movement.
The buttons are Hugo's choice.
I would have preferred a darker leather button but the light coloured stone look is very fresh and modern.

It is certainly not perfect but I am very happy with the results.

Modelled piccies soon!

xx N






30 comments:

  1. It looks SO good Nicole, really professionl. Well done! Looking forward to the modeled photos.

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    1. Thanks Masha.
      It looks a bit ho-hum on the mannequin but I have learnt that is the way with fitted clothes, they fir people not standard dummies.
      I am really pleased, the Twins formal dresses don't scare me at all now.
      xx N

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  2. It's truly a work of love!
    You've exceeded yourself with this one! It's stunning <3

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    1. Thank you Ana Sofia.
      He was so nice when I was making it, lots of hugs and 'Its great Mum', it kept me going.
      xx N

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  3. This is a work of art and a labour of love, Nicole! And he clearly appreciates it so happiness all round. Wonderful. I had a little giggle at the substitute shoulder pads :D

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    1. Thank you Jane.
      It felt like it took forever, it was only 20 hours actual sewing time but that certainly doesn't cover the research and the constant thinking about how to put it together.
      Hugo loves it and he looks so smart.
      Win-win.
      xx N

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  4. It looks like you have a very pleased recipient there. It looks amazing.

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  5. Wow, that is amazing. I bet Hugo is over the moon! I've loved seeing it take shape on Instagram.

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    1. Thank you Jenna.
      I know you know how much work a fitted coat is, that beautiful one you made your daughter.
      I am glad I didn't bore you.
      xx N

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  6. Wow! It's stunning, Nicole. I love the red button-hole tribute to Sherlock!

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    1. Thank you!
      Hugo;s insistence (re the button hole)
      xx N

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  7. I was just wondering the other day, if I'd ever be capable to sew a matric dance dress for my daughter, 10 years from now. I think out of all sewing addicts on the internet, you have the top skills.

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    1. I bet you could do it, just hit youtube!
      Thank you, that is such a lovely compliment.
      xx N

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  8. Oh my goodness, it looks fabulous and pretty professional to me! I look forward to seeing it on! Lekala have some great patterns.

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    1. Thank you!
      The pocket welts and not the best (one is much better then the other) but I have learned so much and how too sew slowly and with care.
      I really love Lekala, The fitting on this was perfect.
      xx N

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  9. Handsome chap and gorgeous jacket!

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  10. Handsome chap and gorgeous jacket!

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  11. Fantastic sewing Nicole, I also got a chuckle out of the little sister's bikini cups being the perfect shoulder pads! :)

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  12. Thank you.
    I was certainly thinking outside of the box re shoulder pads.
    xx N

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  13. Wow Nicole! This is stellar! Really, you did a great job.

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  14. Hi Nicole, I'm so happy to discover your blog. I've been searching about this Lekala pattern that I would like to sew for myself. It looks great ! congratulations ! Keep on shring lekala realization, it's always nice to see how it comes. SeeU, David

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  15. Hi David, this was a perfect fit, which was great, no muslin and I didn't have to worry about fitting at all.
    Good luck!

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