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First time stitching a ladies wool coat. Here is what I realized


That is my first time stitching a wool coat for little ladies, and I’m in love with the end result! This stitching venture was fairly an journey from begin to end.

I used the Pixie hooded coat sample by Oh Me Oh My Stitching. I made the coat in dimension 4, with heavyweight boiled wool for the outer layer and cotton for the liner.

My daughter is thrilled along with her cute little pink coat and loves the hood and pockets! Yay!

First time sewing a girls wool coat

The boiled wool I used is 355 gsm (this stands for Grams per Sq. Meter and refers back to the general weight of the material), and it’s an awesome weight to put on on chilly, snowy, and windy days.

Since Romania (nonetheless) has 4 well-defined seasons, this cute little coat will get lots of put on within the coming weeks.

Pixie hooded coat pattern by Oh Me Oh My Sewing

Stitching a DIY ladies’ wool coat for the primary time. Right here’s what I realized

The Oh Me Oh My Stitching sample is straightforward to observe, and it comes collectively shortly (a few hours of stitching, nothing extra) – after you could have all of the items on the prepared.

Sewing a DIY girls’ wool coat for the first time

However right here’s the trick.

It is a print-at-home PDF sample, so it doesn’t have a replica store model. Consequently, it’s a must to print about 30 pages after which tape them collectively. 

For the meeting, I used a glue stick. All of it went comparatively quick – 32 pages taped collectively in 30-40 minutes. Right here’s what all of it appeared like.

wool coat pattern pieces taped together

From there on, I wanted 20 sample items to make my absolutely lined spherical hooded coat with spherical pockets. I lower all of them the subsequent morning, however not earlier than including scotch tape right here and there, as a result of I need these sample items to final.

Fairly an intimidating view, I’d say.

wool coat pattern pieces next to sewing machine

However now comes the stitching half – that is enjoyable and fast as a result of the directions are clear, and all sample items line up properly.

There was not sufficient cloth, so I needed to harvest some from this wool gown that my daughter outgrew. I needed to piece the middle entrance facings, the hood, and the again yoke.

You completely want stitching clips for this venture – pins can’t maintain thicker materials.

sewing clips, wool fabric

I’ve to confess I felt not sure when it got here to turning the coat proper aspect out. Principally, it’s a must to pull the entire coat by way of a gap within the sleeve lining.

It could look unusual, however it works! what they are saying, “Don’t rush the method, good issues take time“.

After turning your coat proper aspect out, it’s easy as ABC to sew the sleeve lining gap closed.

I stayed true to the sample, apart from the pockets. The directions present find out how to make a easy, unlined pocket, however I selected to make a lined patch pocket following this Youtube tutorial.

One small however necessary change – subsequent time I’ll actually select an identical cloth for the liner. Proper now it doesn’t look fairly from the aspect.

wool coat with lined patch pocket

Nonetheless, it took me for much longer than I initially deliberate to complete the coat. I couldn’t determine one of the best ways to connect a closure. 

Regardless of how laborious I attempted, it was so troublesome to get 4 layers of thick wool (355 gsm) beneath the presser foot. And once I did get the coat beneath the presser foot, the stitching machine refused to maneuver the material (therefore the butchered leather-based toggles as you’ll be able to see within the beneath pic). The horror!

I feel putting in toggles or buttonholes might need been simpler if I sewed them earlier than assembling the coat.

I spent two days making an attempt to determine issues out, however it was not possible to get even stitches across the toggles or to make buttonholes.

The one possibility remaining – sew some kind of closure by hand. I selected to put in toggles, however since holes in leather-based are irreversible, I needed to make toggles out of self-fabric.

attach toggles to wool coat

Fortuitously, the perimeters of boiled wool cloth don’t fray, so it was straightforward and fast.

It took me about one hour to stitch all these toggles by hand. Regardless that I at all times swore up and down that I hate stitching by hand (as a result of I take into account myself too impatient) I loved the method this time. Additionally, I’m fairly happy with the ultimate end result. Right here’s the hand stitching method I used.

This toggle closure makes it straightforward for little fingers to do up and undo.

Pixie hooded coat sample by Oh Me Oh My Stitching

sewing DIY girls wool coat
DIY sewing girls wool coat
DIY sewing girls wool coat

Closing ideas

  • In case you are a (considerably) assured newbie, you’ll be able to sew your individual lovely wool coat in lower than two days (one for slicing the items, one for stitching).
  • When you select a print-at-home sample (like I did), there will probably be lots of pages to print and tape collectively, and you then’ll have an excessive amount of sample items to chop.
  • After that, the stitching half is fairly easy and satisfying.
  • Altough, if you happen to select a thick cloth on your coat, you may battle when it’s time to connect buttonholes or toggles. At this level, I felt betrayed by my beloved common stitching machine, and I needed to sew the toggles by hand.
  • I might suggest you dimension up if you happen to use thicker materials as I did. My daughter is 4 years outdated, and I made the coat in dimension 4. It could have been a lot smarter to make it in dimension 5. The coat must be free sufficient so as to add layers beneath in winter.

A heat and comfortable coat makes a wonderful handmade reward for women of any age, and I’m delighted to have this new ability below my belt.

I didn’t know I used to be able to making a lined coat. I like this sense of unusual myself!

Let me know within the feedback part if you happen to’ve tried this coat sample or you probably have any ideas for making your first coat!

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