Kids, Bundled

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Yes, Nels would happily spend the day outside in just socks. And likely nothing else but underwear, when I think about it.

Yes, Nels would happily spend the day outside in just socks. And likely nothing else but underwear, when I think about it.

This winter has dipped into what feels like record-cold and I wanted to make coats that would work for the kids.  Nels’ is from a no-wale corduroy; Sophie’s, a pre-washed and dried wool flannel.  Both are underlined in a wool blend and lined with a silk twill.

I’ve made many an Ottobre coat (off-hand examples 1, 2, 3, and 4, the latter of which is the same pattern as these two). I think I love making a coat almost as much as a baby bunting. It’s so structured and there’s so much work that goes into it that many people don’t see and can’t fathom. So I guess I’m actually a little sick in the head, when you think about it.

I also finished a couple hats to more or less match their outer gear:

Maltese Fisherman's Hat by Elizabeth Zimmerman.

Maltese Fisherman

Maltese Fisherman's Hat by Elizabeth Zimmerman.

Maltese Fisherman

He wore this all day today and ran and scratched and meowd, too.

He wore this all day today and ran and scratched and meow'd, too.

I barely get time to take pictures of my creations. In fact, I probably only photograph about half of them. In the time I’ve been sewing the kids have loved the things I’ve made: usually whipping them on then dousing them with mud, peanut butter, and soy sauce. If only I could just sew, sew, sew and have someone else take pictures – because I’d love to keep a record. Oh also? Maybe someone else to raise the little buggers and cook for them and clean up after them every now and then.

I suck at embroidery! You cant tell my work from my 5 or 7 year olds!  (Hint: Nels did his own l).

I suck at embroidery! You can't tell my work from my 5 or 7 year old's! (Hint: Nels did his own "l").

You can see the detail shots of these creations at my Flickrstream.

i rest my case.

I Make A Pencil Case
In looking for a tutorial online for a zippered pouch, I didn’t find anything fantastic – or rather, anything that hit the skills I wanted to present to my class tomorrow – so I just designed one myself (notes to follow). Note: my resultant pouch wasn’t too fantastic itself, but it will do.

Stitched While Neighbor Dropped In For A Visit
I love free-hand embroidery; just a tiny detail that only takes a few minutes. The expensive machines that do embroidery for you – it’s not for me.

I have some vintage threads and I used a buttonhole thread for the running stitch around the patch. Pearl cotton for the letters.

Lining, Fair Green
I like lining; it adds to the interest, finished look, and the durability of the sewn item.