Hunkering down for the winter…

… not that it has even snowed yet.  Hopefully it will not be anything like the freaky Winter of ’96 (photo below and see source post here).

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Photo courtesy of “The Weather Doctor”.

It doesn’t snow much here (“knock on wood”) but I intend on getting warm and cozy in December anyway.  So to start I have made a fuzzy fleece house coat for myself.  I didn’t have a pattern for a house coat, but I figured how hard can this be anyway?  I have a RTW house coat I can copy for measurements, besides having my own body handy, and I have my bodice sloper and pattern block I made here.  I added seam allowances to my bodice sloper and 1″ of ease front and back, and lots of length so my house coat would reach my knees.  I did have to cheat a little, I used a sleeve piece from a T-shirt pattern I like.  Hey it all fits!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

I didn’t get a photo of my fabric before I took my scissors to it, but it is a blue 100% polyester fleece with a wild kitty cat design on it!  I love it!  It’s BLUE, it’s CATS!  Although, the sales lady thought it was constellations.  You’ve got to be kidding me!  (She probably wasn’t a “cat person”.)

So after cutting out the front and back, I sewed together the shoulder and side seams, and sewed the separating zipper on to the front openings, facing the wrong way.  They will be folded over towards the inside later, after the front facings are sewed on.  As personal preference, I didn’t place the zipper too high up, close to my neck opening.  I wanted a V-neck on my house coat.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

There, one side done and one to go.  Am I the only sewist who puts my pins in vertically, instead of horizontally?  A bad habit, I think!

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

After cutting out and constructing my collar – another cheat:  I borrowed the collar piece from a shirt pattern – I sewed it onto my house coat.  I made up front facings by copying the front outline of my house coat…

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

… and pinned and sewed them on, keeping my finished collar inside the facing, along with my zipper.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

I think I am going to cut off this pointy piece as it doesn’t go all the way up to my shoulder seam and will just look funny hanging there.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Front facings sewed on.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

I thought I would try something different when hemming up my 3/4 length sleeves.  I going to use some “Wonder Tape”.  This is a double-sided tape that really sticks to the fabric.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

After you peel off the backing, this is what you are left with.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

I measured the 1″ hem and folded the fabric over, where it stayed, …

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

… sewed it down, …

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

… and as an after thought, added a row of fancy stitching.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Collar on, sleeves on, facings and zipper attached.  I added some black single fold bias tape to the inside seam where the collar was sewed to the neck opening.  I didn’t want any stretch and it looked more finished that way.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Dolly wearing my finished house coat.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Sorry, you won’t see any photos of me modelling my house coat on the internet. Dolly’s not camera-shy like me!  Trust me, my house coat is very relaxed and comfortable.  Next… PJ’s!

Happy Sewing!

24 thoughts on “Hunkering down for the winter…

  1. I’m feeling like hunkering down myself, although it’s constant rain here. We’ve been lucky with a very mild Autumn though, so can’t really complain… Impressed you made this up with no pattern 🙂

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  2. It looks great, very cozy and definitely cats on that fabric. And it’s snowing on your blog, thats clever. ( I have my pins vertical in zips, but not seams, only problems I can see with it is its easy to stab yourself)

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  3. jvandervlugt says:

    How can anyone think your material is constellations? It’s cats and paw prints which is really cute by the way. I’ve never heard of Wonder tape. That’s really neat. Your house coat looks very warm and cosy. Good job and I really like blue, I just don’t have enough clothes of that colour.

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  4. I hope to some day make things without a pattern! Wow great job. I love the fabric and in a way I think the print could have been inspired by the constellations because of the outline of the cats, paw prints different sizes and deep blue background. In any event I love the fabric as well and the best part of this material is the “snuggly factor” 🙂

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  5. It’s snowing on your blog! This looks really warm – and way nicer than those “snuggies” they are trying to sell! Can’t wait to see more winter projects – I need to get myself in winter sewing mode!

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  6. Oh, how cozy. Well done! I don’t think I would attempt that without a pattern. Me, I pin perpendicular to the seam. Love Wonder Tape. Use it all the time! Stay warm and dry.

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  7. Rose says:

    I heard Dolly mentioned that along with PJ’s she was thinking about some boot like slippers. After all, she should get something for all the modeling time she puts in.

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  8. Cool cozy housecoat and neat trick with the Wonder tape! Who uses pins horizontal? That only tempts you to sew over them instead of remove them as you sew. All pins should be used with the head towards the hand removing it and the tip facing away from you.

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