Gabriella’s Winter Coat Sew-A-Long: Day 9 – Winners Announced!

Day 9: Winners Announced!

I had a lot of fun sewing with all of you this past week. I plan to do this again in the not-too-distant future. Hang around the Facebook group to vote on our next sew-a-long pattern in a couple of weeks.

Prize Details

1) Fan Favourite: pattern of choice. This is the person who receives the most “likes” on their finished coat in the Day 8 thread.

2) Admin Favourite: pattern of choice. This one is the favourite finished coat voted on by the admins.*

3) Random Winner: pattern of choice. This one is drawn from the pool of the people who had posted on ANY of the participation threads. Even if you didn’t make it to the end of the sew-a-long, if you participated on any of the threads then you had a chance at this one!

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Gabriella’s Winter Coat Sew-A-Long: Day 8 – Final Details, Button Holes, and Buttons

Day 8: Final Details, Button Holes, and Buttons

Today is also a catch up day.

Welcome to Day 8 of the Gabriella’s Winter Coat Sew-A-Long! Are you still with us? Day 5 was a mid sew-a-long catch up day. If you need to go back, here is where you can find Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 6, and Day 7.

Today will be fairly quick to finish. If you have never sewn button holes before, don’t worry, I will be showing you how in detail. Today will be steps 35-39 of the pattern instructions.

Final Details

Follow steps 35 & 36.

With the main side up and beginning at the bottom of the right front placket (the right when you are facing the coat), top stitch at 1/4″ up the placket, around the neckline, down the opposite placket, and around the hem of the skirt.

TIP: Since the layers are a little thick, use a medium-long stitch length for top stitching. If you have to lengthen your stitch even further when going around the neckline due to there being more layers there, do so.

Make sure to move the hood out of the way of your stitching so you don’t sew it down.

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Finished Day 7

Gabriella’s Winter Coat Sew-A-Long: Day 7 – Bag Lining, Hem Sleeves, and Turn Right Side Out

Day 7 – Bag Lining, Hem Sleeves, and Turn Right Side Out

Welcome to Day 7 of the Gabriella’s Winter Coat Sew-A-Long! Are you all caught up? Day 5 was a mid sew-a-long catch up day. If you need to go back, here is where you can find Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, and Day 6.

Today we will bag the lining of the coat, hem the sleeves, and turn the whole thing right side out. This will be steps 27-34 in the pattern instructions. We’re entering the home stretch of the sew-a-long!

Bagging the Lining

Bagging the lining is steps 27-29 of the pattern instructions.

Begin the process of bagging the lining by aligning the front facings and neck of the lining right sides together with the main coat. Sew directionally from the back of the neck down on each side of the facing. Note that the last half inch along the bottom of the front facings will be left unsewn.

Go slowly over bulky seams. If you have both a hood and a collar, the ends of the collar will be the most difficult seams to pass. Make sure that you make your turn immediately past this seam.

With right sides together, align the bottom of the hem facing with the bottom of the front facing. Tuck the excess lining fabric down between the two facings to create a pleat. Sew the two facings together with a 1/2″ seam allowance making sure that you are not sewing through the main coat layer too.

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Gabriella’s Winter Coat Sew-A-Long: Day 6 – Add Collar or Hood and Sew Facings


Day 6 – Add Collar or Hood and Sew Facings

Welcome to Day 6 of the Gabriella’s Winter Coat Sew-A-Long! Are you all caught up? Day 5 was a mid sew-a-long catch up day. If you need to go back, here is where you can find Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4.

Today will be the most labor intensive day of sewing. We will be adding the collar and/or hood and sewing the facings. This will be steps 20-26 in the pattern instructions.

Add Collar or Hood

There are a few options here for how you want your hood to be attached.

  1. Attached hood with collar inside – This will make it so that the wearer’s neck is protected from the wind even if her hood is down.
  2. Attached hood with no collar.
  3. Detachable hood – I am giving instructions for using snaps, but you could use buttons and button holes to achieve the same effect if you desired.

Add Collar Only

Skip if doing any hood option.

Follow steps 20-22 in the pattern instructions to add your collar. Make sure to line up your notches with the shoulder seams and center of the neckline.

Assembly for the Attached Hood

If adding a collar, assemble your collar following the directions in steps 20 & 21 of the pattern. Set this aside.

Recall your seam allowance determined when you traced your hood to create the pattern pieces. Take your main hood pieces and sew them right sides together along the back curve. Clip the curve and press the seam open. Repeat with the lining pieces.

Note: Do NOT sew along the bottom or front edges.

TIP: Stuff the hood with fabric to access the seam in the curve to press it open.

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How to Cover Plastic Snaps with Fabric

How to Cover a Plastic Snap in Fabric

Plastic snaps come in all sorts of colors, but there are still a variety of reasons that you may wish to cover them in fabric instead. You may not have snaps in the correct color to match your project, you may want to have a print on your snaps, you may want to quickly camouflage a snap, and many more reasons.

For this tutorial, you will need:

  • Plastic snaps (ex. KAM or Babyville snaps)
  • Fabric
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Thread

Step 1: Lay a snap cap on your fabric and cut out a circle of fabric that is larger than your snap cap. Remove the snap cap from the fabric.

TIP: Tracing a quarter (the coin) can help you achieve a nice circle.

Step 2: Thread your needle and tie a double knot in the end. Use a running stitch to go all the way around ~1/8″ from the edge of the circle.

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Gabriella’s Winter Coat Sew-A-Long: Day 4 – Create Pockets, Form Skirt, and Attach Skirt

Day 4 – Create Pockets, Form Skirt, and Attach Skirt

Welcome to Day 4 of the Gabriella’s Winter Coat Sew-A-Long! Are you all caught up? If you need to go back, here is where you can find Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

Today we will be creating the pockets, forming the skirt portion of the coat, and attaching the skirt to the bodice. This will be steps 12-19 in the pattern instructions. By the end of today, we should begin to have recognizable coats!

Creating the Pockets

Complete steps 12-15 of the instructions to create your pockets. Pay close attention to the notches that you should have transferred to the front side flounce pieces. These will indicate to you where the pocket should fit and which side of the back skirt flounce they each attach to.When you are sewing the pocket together in step 14, make sure to sew a hair past the pocket seam you made in step 12 so that your pocket lining is completely hidden.

The understitching in step 13 is very important for keeping the pocket lining from sticking out of the pocket openings on the finished coat. Check out this past blog post to learn more about understitching and how to do it. When you go to baste your pocket in step 16, make sure that the lining is completely hidden at the top corner of the pocket opening so that it isn’t visible on the finished product.

Forming the Skirt

This is completed in steps 16-18 of the pattern instructions. It is very straightforward and quick. Don’t forget to do the skirt lining too!

Attaching the Skirt

This is step 19 of the pattern instructions. Some of the seams you need to go over may be rather bulky, particularly the seams around the pockets. I recommend using a “hump jumper” foot on your machine if you have one. This little black button on the side of my presser foot is for this purpose. When the toe of the foot reaches the hump, pause with the needle down, raise the foot, press the little black button, and simultaneously lower the foot. The foot will have paused on top of the hump instead of trying to go up it.

hump jumper

Once your skirts are attached, you can really see how things are coming together. I was so excited when I flipped the skirt down and saw how nicely my coat was coming along! You can really tell what it is now.

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That’s it for today! Please post a picture like the one above on the Day 4 thread in the Facebook group in order to participate. Check back in tomorrow for Day 5! Note that there has been a change to the schedule and Day 5 is now a catch up day.

 

Gabriella’s Winter Coat Sew-A-Long: Day 3 – Form Bodice and Attach Sleeves

Day 3 – Form Bodice and Attach Sleeves

Welcome to Day 3 of the Gabriella’s Winter Coat Sew-A-Long! Are you all caught up? If you need to go back, here is where you can find Day 1 and Day 2.

Today we will be forming the bodices of our coats and attaching the sleeves. This will be steps 6-11 of the pattern.

We are starting actual construction today! Yay! Prep work is so important to do for construction to go smoothly, but it’s always fun when you can actually start seeing your project take shape.

Forming the Bodice

Follow steps 6-9 in the pattern tutorial to form your bodice. When you are finished, your piece should look like this. Don’t forget to repeat with your lining pieces. If you have never sewn princess seams or pleats before, we are available to help with any difficulties you may run into. Our Facebook group is the best place to get your questions answered.

TIP: When sewing oppositely curved seams together, pause every few stitches and readjust your fabric. It helps keep your raw edges aligned and avoid puckers in the seam. Focus only on the area directly in front of your needle as you go around. If you typically sew with a long stitch length, it may be beneficial for you to shorten it for these curves in order to make them smoother.

The way I do my pleats is slightly different than in the pattern instructions. If you have difficulty with the instructions, here is how I do them.

Step 1: Fold bodice right sides together at center pleat mark. Press a crease down the length of the bodice. Your two outer pleat marks should be on top of one another.

TIP: You can baste in a line from the stacked pleat marks a couple of inches down or up at the top and bottom in order to help keep your piece in the right place when you are pressing the crease. Remove these basting stitches when finished.

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Gabriella’s Winter Coat Sew-A-Long: Day 2 – Cut Material, Create Hood Pattern, Interface, and Prepare Bodice

Day 2 – Cut Material, Create Hood Pattern, Interface, and Prepare Bodice

Welcome to Day 2 of the Gabriella’s Winter Coat Sew-A-Long! Find Day 1 here.

Today we will be cutting our material, creating our hood pattern, interfacing the pieces, and preparing the bodice for construction. These are steps 1-5 in the pattern.

Cutting the Material

Cut your main, lining, and interfacing pieces using the instructions on the pattern pieces. Compare the pieces you have to the cutting guide on page 11 of the pattern to be sure you have everything. There are a lot of pieces to this pattern! Take your time cutting out all of the pieces. Accuracy when cutting leaves less room for error when sewing.

TIP: If your material is dark and you are having difficulty tracing it, rub chalk off the edges of your pattern piece to create an outline. You can also use baby powder on a sock to rub the edges. Another use for chalk is to write on your mirror image pieces in order to more easily see which is which. It should all come off when shaken vigorously.

Gabriella's Winter Coat Sew-a-long Day 2: Shows how to add a hood to any coat pattern. This tutorial will be useful for future projects. Read more

Gabriella’s Winter Coat Sew-A-Long: Day 1 – Gather Supplies

Introduction

Welcome to the Gabriella’s Winter Coat Sew-A-Long! The weather is starting to get quite chilly up North, so we thought it would be a great time to sew some winter coats for our little girls. Stay tuned for a hood hack tutorial too! Gabriella’s is rated as an Intermediate Plus pattern in our shop and includes sizes from 6M to Girls 12. A sew-a-long is the perfect time to attempt a pattern like this that has a higher difficulty rating since there will be many people available to help if you run into any trouble.

During this sew-a-long, we will discuss things like appropriate materials and where you can source them as well as how to modify the coat for use in warmer weather. If you would like to join in the fun and sew-a-long with us, here is how to participate:Gabriella's Winter Coat Sew-A-Long! I love this vintage inspired coat for the little girls. It has ultimate twirl factor! Must Pin to participate.

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