I so love my self made tartan jacket

Today I show again a part that has taken a little longer.
I had worked last year and the year before last on the raincoat.

At some point I just could not see this yellow fabric anymore. So I just put the coat aside and started with a new jacket that I wanted to make for a long time.

I have an older jacket that I totally love the pattern of. The jacket is light and for summer when it is sometimes cloudy or windy.

This is the jacket I wanted to copy

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Because the pattern is very similar from a zip-up hoodie, I used such a pattern.
The only difference was that I had to make the cut much larger as indicated. Sweatshirt fabric is stretchy, but my tartan fabric is not.
I just used my jacket as a pattern for the size. Because I knew it would fit me well.

I left out the pocket on the sleeve. On my original jacket, I never used it.

For the back I added such a piece, as you have it, for example, also on the trench coat. No idea what it’s called.
Unfortunately, in the picture it looks like the plaid pattern of it doesn’t fit exactly. But that seems to be because the jacket is hanging on the hanger. When I have the jacket on, the piece and back pattern fit perfectly.

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Tartan fabric quickly looks too much if you don’t work with contrasts. I chose white because you can see the contrast really well and it spices up the jacket.

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The pockets for the new jacket are similar to those from the old one. Here too, as with everything else, I have chosen white zippers as a contrast

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With tartan I associate Scotland, history, past, kings, queens.
That’s why I wanted to have an “old-fashioned” embroidery on the jacket. I thought long and hard about what to embroider on the jacket. Then I found this embroidery with the crown on Etsy.
Now I just needed matching fonts for my name.
This font is called Old English. While embroidering these letters, I sat at my machine and had to recite the alphabet because I just didn’t recognize some of the letters. πŸ˜€

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And to give the back of the jacket some contrast, I embroidered two ribbons with the same font.

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What else happened this year?
My fabric store, where I went every Saturday for sewing classes, is closing for good next week Saturday. That is such a shame. You knew all the salespeople, they were incredibly helpful. I’m going to miss them. 😦
Our Saturday group has been offered an alternative starting in April, but we’ll see if the class can be held there on Saturdays. Unfortunately, I have to work during the week and can not go to a class.

After 3 years, it also hit me at the end of February with Corona. And that, although I have 3 vaccinations! It was pretty intense. I am not fit yet. The whole day only exhausted and tired and could only sleep. Hope that passes soon.

My longest sewing project – A yellow raincoat

Yes, this raincoat was extremely elaborate. I had sewn a coat years ago that also took a long time, but not as long as the raincoat.

Look here at my first coat

https://justelly.com/2017/06/10/my-own-sewing-masterpiece-a-jacket/

I started with the raincoat 2021!!!.

Unfortunately, there was already Corona. My fabric store that offers the sewing classes had to close, open, close, open again.

On top of that, the seamstress who does the sewing classes is already retired, so she was part of the Corona risk group. Therefore, even if the store was open, she did not do the courses for her own safety.

Everyone knows what the situation was.

That’s why it took almost 15 months to get the coat done!

And here’s my new masterpiece πŸ™‚

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If anyone asks if this pattern is available for purchase. It is not πŸ˜€

I think I almost drove Moni crazy with my special requests πŸ˜€
The original pattern had an elastic band in the waist. Then I came from class one Saturday and saw a woman who had these bands, I don’t know what they’re called, on the back of her coat. I wanted THAT too!

So both sides were opened again so that you can sew these bands in. I find them great and you can also beautifully emphasize the waist if you want that. Plus, through the snaps you have a nice contrast to the yellow fabric.

My hood was also already sewn when I didn’t like it anymore. So it had to be changed. But then it was too big. For this I sewed in a ribbon to change the size. I copied this from my parka. And again a little more contrast on the back thereby

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The same for the sleeves. When I had the bands on the back, I wanted the same on the sleeves. When it’s very windy, I can make the sleeves nice and tight with it, so that no wind comes in.

As you can also see, I have again sewn with stripes. I would not be me if it was completely without stripes or dots or plaid πŸ˜€

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I love the finish at the bottom of the coat. With the dark blue band looks really great ❀

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Before I even started the coat, I knew I wanted this fabric printed. I had the logo on the front made on Etsy, and the image on the sleeve I bought on a graphic site.

Then I took a piece of my fabric plus the two graphics and went with it to a store that prints or embroiders clothing. They should first test if they can do that on this special fabric,

Btw, the year 2014 refers to the fact that I had attended a sewing class for the first time in my life ❀ ❀ ❀ 

As you can see here, it worked. And very well.

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How do you like my latest sewing project?

Small tip if someone also wants to sew a raincoat.
I have taken laminated cotton as a fabric. When you make the visible seams on this yellow fabric, always select only the slowest sewing speed!!! Only then will the stitches be somewhat even. The reason is that the fabric is not slippery, but still not evenly transported if you sew too fast.

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DIY Bottle holder for a belt bag

2 years ago or so I bought a fanny pack with a bottle holder. “Unfortunately” there were only in earth tone green, brown, beige. Not necessarily the colors I like.

All this time I had planned to sew the bag myself. This weekend was the sewing of the bottle holder. I had to first buy a few things such as thermofoil, rainproof fabric, etc.

Here is the original bag as I found it on Amazon.

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Here is the original bag with the bottle holder

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Every time I walked around with the bag in the summer, I was annoyed that my drink got warm so quickly.
That’s why I searched the internet for a fabric or foil that would either keep it cold longer or warm in the winter.
I found bubble wrap, which is coated on both sides with aluminum foil and is also used for freezer bags. So that it works even better, I have taken this foil double. I even used it on the striped part.

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The bottle holder is slightly larger than the original, because I wanted the bottle is completely in the holder.

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The original bottle holder can be attached to the belt so that it does not “wander” while running. I did the same with mine. I even had to buy extra wide Velcro for it.

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And here is the finished bottle holder. The bag for this is very elaborate and will take accordingly longer until I have sewn it.

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Smile, and the world … DIY Face Mask

I am/have been like many others. All previous activities, like going to work, meeting friends or going to sewing classes etc. were unfortunately not possible.

I spent a lot of time walking through parks and playing Pokemon. The game was changed so that you could play it either from home or alone. Fortunately, because normally you play in groups. That’s how I got to know a lot of new people who are really nice.
Greetings from me to all players out there ❀ ❀ ❀

Here you still have to wear face masks.
I started sewing some for myself weeks ago.
So far they were all single-coloured or made of one single fabric.

But if you visited my blog before, you know how much I like to applique.

A colleague asked me to sew a “funny” mask for him. This gave me the idea with the yellow smiley

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Only later I have seen in the Internet that there are these face masks already to buy

But whatever. Mine is made by myself πŸ˜€

As always when I sew something, I start with something simple and then I start with something more difficult.
On the internet I found a smiley face that was just too cute not to sew it. To increase the effect I made a red circle around it like a warning sign

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I sewed my first face masks with two layers of fabric. But I noticed that you sweat a lot underneath at higher temperatures. That’s why these two are single-layer, only where the appliquΓ© is, multi-layer.

Smile and Stay Save ❀ ❀ ❀

Tutorial for my Christmas tree skirt

Yes, yes, I know. Christmas is long gone πŸ˜€
But if you have to stay at home almost all the time, you get the idea to sort out the photos from your mobile phone. And then you can also see the photos of things you sewed for Christmas presents.
Maybe some of you like my idea for the next christmas πŸ™‚

I am writing my tutorial for a Christmas present while I am already sewing Easter presents.
Even though I don’t think I can meet my friends before Easter to give them the presents.

I love the colours red, green and gold for Christmas decorations. So often I have decided to decorate differently, but I always come back to this colour combination πŸ˜€

That’s why I have chosen these colours for this present. I have found a similar Christmas tree skirt on the Internet. But it looked so cheap that it would have been guaranteed to last only one Christmas.

In my fabric shop I found this very special fabric. On top it looks like satin, but it is thicker and has a black “coating” on the back. No idea what this kind of fabric is called.

But the colors looked so great that I had to buy it even though the price was so high.

Here my tutorial:

First I downloaded a beautiful free Christmas font from the internet.
Then I wrote Merry Christmas in very big letters, mirrored and printed it.

Now paint the whole thing on Bondaweb and iron it on the fabric. Here I had to be very careful with the iron, because I didn’t want to risk the fabric. Then cut out your motifs.

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Actually I had planned to sew the letters directly onto the red fabric. But after I put them on the fabric and walked a little further away, I could hardly see what was written there.
So I decided to buy the same fabric in white for a better contrast.

Here you can easily see how much the fabric shines.

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I don’t think I’ve ever cursed as much when sewing as I have with this fabric. I had so much trouble applying it because the fabric was so slippery.

You can see it especially on the red berries. With any other fabric the circle or the outlines would have been perfect.

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As always when I apply, I do not rely on the bondaweb, but always sew on each piece for safety. Otherwise it would be annoying if a piece got lost in the washing machine later.

It has taken ages to remove the Bondaweb on the back of the white fabric so that I can iron it onto the red

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Now the motif can be ironed onto the red fabric. Then sew the outline again as usual

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My Christmas tree skirt has a diameter of 35 inches.
So you can calculate how long the ribbon for the edging must be. I used the same fabric for the backside.
Here are photos how to extend such a ribbon! Lay the ribbon like on the photo and sew as you can see the pin.

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I wanted the border more three-dimensional. Therefore I have a cord (it is a coincidence that this is gold. It just had the thickness I wanted) and sewed it into the ribbon.

I sewed it with red thread so that I could see better later where to sew it on my Christmas tree skirt.

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Now sew the ribbon onto the red fabric. Then cut around the edges. IMPORTANT: only cut the golden ribbon, not the red fabric

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Now pin the back of the Christmas tree skirt with pins. But sew on the red side, because you can see the seam where I sewed the ribbon on. You have to leave a piece open, so that you can turn the whole thing around afterwards!

Close there after turning. It doesn’t look so good here, because I wanted to have the skirt ready that day and it’s just faster with a sewing machine than doing invisible stitches with my hand.

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Here you can see how the ribbon looks like at the end. I definitely like it better as if it was flat

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And now the finished Christmas tree skirt. I like it. Maybe that would be an idea for myself, too. But I still don’t have very good memories of it because of the slippery fabric. Although the result is worth it hihi

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In retrospect, I would set the motif a little further towards the edge.
But whatever. Mrs. H. can decide which side she wants, the one with the motif or the plain gold side.

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DIY – Nostalgia, my very first application

Two years ago I sewed a table runner (my first) as a present. It was then that I made applications for the first time and noticed how much fun it was for me.

Today I just wanted to show what I had done this year with the rest of the fabric from the table runner. And yes, it went to the same person as the table runner hihi

I noticed that I hadn’t posted the table runner at all, like many things I had sewn myself.

OK, here it is. I found the idea of sewing birds with fabric printed with birds funny.

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Here’s a pair of birds. I had found something similar on the internet and used it for my own good.
The black seam, which is not very even, I made extra like this. I thought it looked better that way.

The only things I don’t like anymore are the eyes and the beak. Today I would no longer sew them with the machine, but with my hand.

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It was not only my first application, but also the first time that I sewed such a corner. Thanks to Youtube πŸ˜€

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And now for the table runner. There are some things I sewed that I don’t like anymore, but I still like the table runner ❀

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But now to the part I wanted to post today.

I still had some fabric in my closet and was thinking about what I could do with it. It should go to the same person as the table runner, so it wouldn’t be bad if I found something that fits.

It was the time before Easter where you can buy Easter decorations in all shops. There I saw a basket in white and I got the right idea what I could sew.

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The basket is big enough that you can put flowers in it in spring or a rabbit at Easter πŸ™‚

Maybe I should learn how to sew stuffed animals? Hihi

DIY Shopping bag – Vintage fabric

Who doesn’t know this after shopping? Paper bags are too weak for heavy shopping and plastic bags are harmful to nature.
So you sew a shopping bag as a gift πŸ™‚
I made the bag with two handles. You can carry it over your shoulder and with the short handles in your hand. Just how you like it.

You can’t see it in the pictures, but to prevent the bag from sagging when you have heavy shopping in it, I sewed extra protection into the bottom of the bag.

One side with long handles

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Side with short handle

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Backside, even if you can carry the bag as you like

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I sewed another little bag inside. For mobile phone or also purse

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I just hope she likes the bag. I know that she, unlike me, likes vintage style πŸ™‚

My wish sweater

Do you like knitted warm sweaters? Yes? Me too.

But my problem is that when I knit it myself it doesn’t look nice. I already tried to improve it by using different needles for right and left rows. Nevertheless, I didn’t like the result very much.

For a long time I was looking for someone to knit me sweaters according to my patterns. On the internet I found people who knit sweaters as an order. But I was looking for someone nearby to discuss wool, patterns and so on.

And then I was in a shop that sold homemade things for someone. There were sewn bags and pillows AND knitted stockings.
Of course, I immediately asked if she accepted orders. That’s how I met Hanna. She lives in my city which was important for me.

Today I want to show you the fourth sweater – my favourite so far.

Anyone who has read other postings from me knows that I love applications and nautical motifs.
OK, I didn’t want applications on my sweater. So I thought, why not embroider the sweater?

I found a site on the internet where you can buy embroidery designs. https://www.lesbrodeusesparisiennes.com/en/les-/660-le-grand-abc-rivages-a-broder-au-point-de-croix.html (no, I don’t advertise them or get anything from them)

Actually it should say “LA MER” on the sweater, but Hanne said it would be much too big.

That’s why I chose the embroidery pictures WITHOUT the letters.

FRONT

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BACK

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Here are the embroideries on the sweater

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I love this sweater ❀ ❀ ❀
Since this week Hanna is embroidering an advent calendar for me. So for each day a Christmas motif. Then I want to sew bags out of it. Unfortunately she won’t be able to finish it this year. Too much to embroider and I still have to sew afterwards.

DIY My first polo shirt

I love polo shirts. I guess I have at least 40-50. Long sleeve, short sleeve, in all colors.

A few months ago a colleague came to work with a shirt. It looked like a normal shirt but was as long as a mini dress and had a ribbon on the sides. I was blown away.

Unfortunately I couldn’t buy the shirt anymore.

But hey, I can sew hehe

And because I have a liking for polo shirts, I changed my shirt accordingly.
Look at it!

Front

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Back

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A closer look at the collar

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I used a twin needle with 2 colours and triple stitch on the arm and bottom of the cuff. I love the result ❀ ❀ ❀

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This won’t be the only polo shirt I sew. Only next time I have to change the pattern because the neckline is too big for me.

I love fabric panel – today spring

In my last post, I showed a T-shirt with a dinosaur panel.

I have loved fabric panels since I discovered them a year and a half ago.

The panels for the door or also for the wall are made so fast and so simple. Meanwhile I make them in less than an hour hihi.

There you can see how many I made and gave away.

Most of the ones I sewed were with winter or christmas motives.

This is the second one I made for a colleague. Unfortunately, I forgot to photograph the first panel. She chose the panel and I sewed it.

I think this one with the cherry blossoms is beautiful, but it would not suit my interior.

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The panel is not crooked as in the photo. I only used 2 hangers to hang it up, but there are 3 sewn hangers on the panel. So it fits and looks even πŸ™‚

For all who also want to sew a panel, definitely take Vylene for inside. Then the panel is much more beautiful and not so thin.