Tuesday, December 31, 2013

An Update of my Winter Sewing

Whew!  A month has flew past so quickly. I'm back from my 2 weeks Japan trip and back to reality... Past 2 weeks was wonderful.

We went from freezing Hokkaido to modern Tokyo to Bayside Yokohama. Experienced skiing, visited the famous Shiroi Kohibito Park and bought music box from Otaru, made a trip to Studio Ghibli, Odaiba's Trick Art Museum, Asakusa and finally Yokohama's Nissin Noodle Museum and Hakone onsen trip etc etc...

Rusutsu Ski resort

The weather in Hokkaido in Winter is no joke. We experienced -5.5 degree celsius.  So how did my home-made clothes fare in this cold weather?

I'm pleased to say that it was holding up well, as my kids says they felt cozy.  We just had dinner and they went out of for a while to run in the snow.

Disclaimer: They had heat-tech inner layer before putting on the sweater.  Usually, when its really cold, we add a long sleeve t-shirt and an outer coat. So, 4 layers in total.

I also made them wool coats using Ottobre patterns from 6-2012.

My version.

I interface the pieces according to the pattern instruction. In addition, I also interline them with 3M thinsulate so it was really bulky.  I sew them together with the lining pieces and treat them as one piece. Only interline the front, back and sleeve so the sleeve was a bit tight. But the girls love the coats and said it was warmer than the store bought ones : )

A closer look at the internal of the coats. I used satin for the lining so that it will slip off easier.

Size 104 suits my almost 4 year old while my older 8 year old is using 134. Even with 3 layers inside, the coat fits, although snug fit.

Fabric is a wool blend from Fabric.com and the buttons and interfacing were from Textile centres.

I've learnt a lot from sewing these coats and I think although they are not perfect, I'm really pleased with the outcome. But I don't think we will get a lot of wear since Singapore is so hot! Anyway, the coat cost way lesser than store bought, even though I pour many hours to cut and sew them. It was really a labour of love so I think I will not sew any coats in near future.

And of course the velour tunic is so pretty.

I'm still sorting the photos from the trip and I thought of starting a new blog on diy travelling with kids to Japan since I really did a lot of research and travelled quite often to Japan.  Let's see how it goes.

Rainbow bridge at Odaiba, Tokyo

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