Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Figgy's Nituna Jacket in Wool

I made a wool jacket! I ventured into new sewing territory here and I'm pretty dang happy about it!

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I've had this pattern (Figgy's Nituna Jacket) printed out for a whole year now and finally made it. I found this wool remnant at the thrift store for 99 cents on half price day! I purchased the buttons, embroidered trim and bias tape at Joann's. The lining is from a box of stash my aunt sent me. So even purchasing some of the items, it cost so little.

The scrap of wool was barely big enough for the size 2/3 we needed, but it was totally meant to be. I took a picture just because I was so amazed that I could make it fit.


So the pattern gives you options to line it or not, make it reversible or not, and to use patch pockets or welt pockets. I went with patch pockets because they are easy and Elena still doesn't care whatsoever about pockets. Strange, huh?

In my infinite sewing wisdom, or not, I decided to underline the wool with cotton and bind the seams per the pattern's instructions for an unlined version. Not really a great decision on my part. Always in retrospect I see that pattern designers should be trusted more often than not. It sounded like a good idea, but the problem was that the wool is pretty thick and the lining pieces shifted a little when sewing so it was hard to keep things even and covered in all places. Probably would have been a great opportunity to try my walking foot, right? I should do that someday. I should have taken pictures of the inside because it is beautiful! Black binding on black lining wouldn't show up too well anyway.

All in all, I love this jacket. I love that I made it. I love that I now have the confidence to make more jackets. I'm still not interested in sewing actual winter coats of the kind necessary around here in winter, but jackets that can take us out in 40 degree weather like today, that I can do and will do more of in the future.

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The only fit issue is with the hood. It's kind of huge on her but I like it folded back so you can see the trim. I would probably shorten it a bit next time. Otherwise, the width allows for thicker layers than the t-shirt she was wearing today and the sleeves are plenty long and also look good rolled up because of the clean finish inside.

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I know that last one is a little blurry but I just love how teeny she looks next to her daddy. 


6 comments:

  1. I just love it! I've had that pattern forever too, and have t had the courage to try it. Great job, the trim looks awesome!

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  2. DARLING! And I like the look of the hood flipped back like that even if it was done out of necessity. Also I LOVE it when a pattern just fits on the fabric -- it always feels meant to be.

    Thanks for linking up at Inspire Us Thursday!

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  3. What a cute little coat. I love all the details and binding. I always think pockets are funny on little ones clothes - What do they keep in them? Car keys, or bit of change.

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  4. Gorgeous coat, beautiful model, thank you for sharing.

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  5. This looks so unique, good job!

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  6. OH she does look teenie next to dad :) Her new coat is gorgeous! Worth waiting a whole year ;)

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