Thursday, April 17, 2014

Project Run & Play: Season 9, Week 4 - Signature Style

Signature Style Challenge is definitely my favorite.
(Here is a description of my style from last year.)
I try to tackle the most challenging sewing projects during this week. 
But this time it almost turned out to be MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - Almost!


 I started sketching and drafting this trench 4 or 5 weeks ago. 
Wow, this was a labor of love (and hate)!


If I was gonna draft and sew the whole trench coat, it had to be a real deal, 
nothing short of an adult Burberry trench :)


When I started searching for the fabric, I didn't find anything that I liked in the local stores. 
So I had to improvise. 
I hit the thrift store and got so lucky when I found a man's large trench in an excellent condition. 
I cut it up into fabric pieces. I thought I'd have enough for two 3T coats, but boy was I wrong.
I had to get really creative to accommodate all my pattern pieces.


Almost every seam has four lines of stitching 
(initial straight stitch, zig-zag seam finishing, and two top stitching). 


I started with a generic dress pattern to copy basic proportions of the bodice and then really went to town...
I created double-breasted front, princess seams, two-panel sleeves, linings, facings, gun flap, storm flap, wrist straps, shoulder tabs, belt loops (at the waist, arms and shoulders), collar stand, collar, belt, 
bound button-holes and what not....


I so hate my button hole maker foot, I was excited to try the bound button holes out. 
I'm very happy with the final result, but it was so much work!


I had to find 15 matching buttons, which turned out to be impossible. 
I bought what they had and thought I'd improvise. Luckily, it took me so long to finish this coat, my local store refilled its stock of these buttons, so I got missing buttons at the last minute!


 I wanted to add unique design elements to the classic trench, 
so I drafted the storm flap and pocket flap with interesting pleat details and added buttons at the center.


 I embroidered a little message & my logo onto the facing. 
I made sure to add strong loop for hanging the coat. 


It took me many hours of internet research and browsing through some odd patterns I own to figure out the lining+facing the way I wanted. LOVE the result!


I tied the belt at the back since it's much flattering that way on little kids.


I LOVE THE FIT of this TRENCH! Don't you agree it's spot on?!!


 OK, I think sewing an elaborate trench coat is worth a three piece outfit, but still, I couldn't help myself to create at least another piece for the look. After all, it is Project Run & Play Signature Style Week!


So I made a nice summer tunic. 


This is basically the same self-drafted pattern as the last year's signature style dress.
I elongated the bodice with its princess seams. Added length only to the inner side of the side panel and gathered at the shoulders for a new look. 


I added a mini pompom trim at the gathered shoulders and a twill tape to tie at the back.
The tunic closes at the back with a single snap fastener.


 And that's it.
Can't wait for the next season of Project Run and Play!!!







32 comments:

  1. The fit on that jacket is "spot on." To think you also made bound buttonholes really adds to the overall design if you ask me....5 stars for effort...5 stars for a beautiful finished project!
    Deborah @ Sew Much To Give

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    1. Thank you! I just wish she won't have a huge growth spurt this summer so she can wear it in the fall...

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  2. Really cute! I just love it! Great job

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  3. Beautiful, beautiful job! I would never undertake a project like that - especially for a child - they grow too fast! But kudos to you - I love it!

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    1. Couldn't agree more about them growing too fast! Still, I just can't help myself.... On how I hope she still fits in this trench in the fall!

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  4. WOW! You should definitely be a full-on contestant next time. Your workmanship looks impeccable! Cutest trench coat in the history of trench coats.

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    1. You are too sweet!!! THANKS! Whenever I sew something I try my best to make it perfect, that's both a blessing and a curse though...

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  5. Oh my, that is beautiful! Very nice work! You and The Crazy Tailor have got me seriously thinking about trying bound button holes!

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    1. They do look very professional, however I don't know if I'd try tackling them again if I had a machine that did perfect little buttonholes automaticly.

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  6. This is the most beautiful trench coat I have ever seen, Sopo!! Congrats on the PR&P win...well deserved.

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    1. Thank you so much!! I tried incorporating everything I'd have liked to see on my trench coat but in a miniature size. =) Congratulations on the release of amazing new patterns! That raincoat is gorgeous! I'm definitely happy I waited before choosing my prizes! I'll be in touch =)

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  7. Oh, wow, that trench coat is amazing! I really love the added detail on the storm flap and pocket flaps with the pleating. And that tunic is clever... I love the gathered shoulders.

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    1. Thanks! I wanted a classic trench, but I had to make it my own, that's when I came up with those pleated flaps. I'm so happy hour they turned out!

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  8. Amazing coat! I want one for myself!

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  9. Beautiful work on this trench. I just finished one and there are so many steps.

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    1. Thanks! I agree, soo many steps... but so worth it!...

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  10. Thanks! What kind of fabric did you use? If I was sewing for myself, I have no idea where I'd get the right fabric...

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  11. Wow, that is amazing. You did a great job there. I am astounded by that trench.

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  12. Incredible!!! I'm amazed with your work! WOW WOW you definitly deserved to win!

    Rita @ www.conversasdehermanas.com

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  13. "MADE WITH LOVE" says it all, a Mom's many hours cutting & sewing this TRENCH COAT & TUNIC. FAB photo shoot & especially the close-up shots show excellent details. Thanks for sharing. Sarah Helene in Minneapolis

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I'm always interested in the details when I read others' blog posts, so I tried to show them here, plus the inside is always so interesting as well.

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  14. That coat is fantastic! Wow. Looks like it was made by a designer. Nice work.

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