Sunday, 18 November 2012

Fruity Tessuti - Butterick 5145

Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

Ever laughed so hard your face actually looks like you're in pain and people start instinctively backing away from you like you're a crazy person? Well that's what I look like when I watch the TV show 'New Girl'. Things get a bit messy.

I saw my first episode of this show while flying back to Melbourne from Washington DC and my poor husband was ready to smother me with my pillow if I didn't stop laughing out loud. Bless.

Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat
photo curtesy of www.zdw.com

In one scene the lovely Jess played by Zooey Deschanel wears this striking hot pink coat and both my sister and I instantly fell in love with it, so I decided to make a similar version.

I used Butterick Pattern 5145 in a size eight for my gorgeous sister Angeline. It was nice sewing something so small!

I used a stunning wool/cashmere coating from Tessuti Fabrics for the shell of the coat which I purchased from the Melbourne store.

Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

I actually made this pattern over a year ago for myself in a gorgeous green (also from Tessuti) but it was before I started this blog so I've never posted about it before. Here are a few pics of the green coat:

Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coatJulia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

I'm having serious face-fail in this photo. Dear. Lord.

For the lining of this coat I used an awesome print that I found on spoon flower. It's called 'Fruit and veggie madness fabric' by heidikenney I love her quirky designs, and they are perfect for the lining of a coat! I had it printed on a silk/cotton blend.

Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

For those of you that are not familiar with Spoon Flower, it's an awesome website where you can upload your own fabric designs and have them printed on a number of different fabric types. You can also purchase other peoples designs, which is what I've done here. It's such an awesome idea!

So let's talk construction:

The Jacket

I made view C with the length of View B in a straight size 8.
Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat
Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coatJulia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

It closes with three button holes, has a peter pan collar, and a lovely box pleat in the back skirt of the coat.

The Lining

The coat is fully lined, so it looks pretty on the inside and out.

Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coatJulia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

I didn't have quite enough of the lining fabric for all the pieces, so I made the biggest part of the sleeve linings out of a yellow satin silk with the cuffs of the sleeve lining in the proper fabric. That way if the sleeves are rolled up you can still see the proper lining.

Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coatJulia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

Favourite Bits

My favourite features of this coat is the cute little peter-pan collar ...

Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

... the back pleat ...

Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coatJulia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

... and the sneaky little side pockets.

Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coatJulia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

And just to be a bit of sewing nerd, look how the fruit on the lining matches up on the inside pleat!

Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat    Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

But before you start calling me a genius, I must admit that this was actually a complete FLUKE. A glorious, serendipitous accident.

Changes I made

Bound Button Holes 
Instead of doing the regular machine buttons holes, I thought I'd challenge myself and try bound-button holes. I absolutely love the effect! It is a lot more time consuming, mainly because you have to make sure that you make everything absolutely the same so that you don't end up with uneven button holes, and also because it's my first time so I'm slow.

Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coatJulia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

Yes they take a lot longer but they are well worth the effort. They are neat, strong and I reckon they look so much nicer on a coat! Now-a-days you only would ever see these type of button holes on couture items in the stores. Infact, if you opened up your own closet you'd be hard pressed to find any purchased garment that didn't have a machine stitched button hole.

Here's a comparison picture of a bound button hole and a machine button hole.

 
Images curtesy of Threads Magazine and Wikipedia

I ordered my fabric covered buttons from Button Mania Yes I know I could do them my self, but this is so much easier for a time poor lass, and Kate from Button Mania is a perfectionist so you know you are going to get good quality.

Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

Pleated lining Hem
For extra movement in the lining I added a little pleat in the corner of the lining hem. This allows the lining to move up and down at the hem when you do. Stops potential tearing.

 Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

Conclusion

I love how this coat turned out and how well it fits my sister Angeline. It's definitely heating up in Australia, so my sister is going to have to wait a while before she can wear it.

 Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coatJulia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

Melbourne is known for being a sea of black clothes, so I like the fact that this pink coat will definitely stand out in a crown of muted colours.

Julia Bobbin, Butterick 5145, hot pink coat, Jess from New Girl coat

71 comments:

  1. Awesome coat. Shame the weather doesn't suit, but surely it will get plenty of wear.

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    1. Thanks little Betty, I just wish I could fit into it too!

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  2. Love it! You did an awesome job and it fits your sister perfectly!

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    1. Thanks Belinda:) I was very pleased with how it turned out

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  3. cuuuuute! love the pink fabric, it suits the coat pattern really well. and the lining? awesome!!! i'm super into making outerwear right now.

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    1. I know! I'm going through the same phase. I'm working on a blaze a the moment!

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  4. That's one fabulous coat, and the lining is glorious. Love the geniusly serendipitous alignment on the inside pleat!

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    1. I do love a sewing miracle. So appropriate for Christmas time :)

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  5. Terrific job! I wish I had made the time to make me a winter cost this year...but I'm heading off to China next week to pick up my little darling! Can't wait to see what kind of creations you'll make for your own little one.

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    1. Oh all the best Marsi, how wonderful!

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  6. So cute. I love pink and I'd gladly raid Zooey Deschanel's closet at any time. I love that Butterick pattern too. I own two coats made from up from it (both of which should be blogged, but I just haven't done it yet.)

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  7. It's a beautiful coat! The lining looks cute with all the colours, and I love the collar.

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  8. Gorgeous! Your sister is so lucky. The combination of fabric and lining is great and your bound buttonholes are so neat!

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  9. SOOO there with you on fun lining. I love things that look just as good on the inside as the out. Loving the bound buttonholes too. Must investigate further...

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  10. This coat is absolutely precious. I love the color and the silhouette. I may have to make one for myself.

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  11. Oh my goodness!! That coat is fantastic, and I love the lining fabric. Your sister is very lucky!!

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  12. Gorgeous coat Julia, and one lucky sister! The lining is absolutely gorgeous.
    Hope you are keeping well.
    Regards,
    Lorraine

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  13. Looks so beautiful and I'm tempted to try those buttonholes. Sometime.

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  14. That is such a beautiful coat! Gorgeously made :)
    I looove the lining, such a cute print, and the back pleat is a really nice detail.

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  15. Love this! It's so completely gorgeous! Your green version is way too cute, too!

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  16. Lovely coat! It makes me want to run out and get that pattern.

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  17. LOVE!!!! So nice to meet you and your bump on sat. Helen x

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    1. Helen it was so nice to meet you too! Thanks for your lovely comment x

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  18. Really love your coat and the lining is so cute

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  19. Lovely coat! I love how you did the lining .. so cute!

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  20. That color is so yummy, and if someone ever made something for me using that lining, I probably would be forever grateful.
    Your sis is so cute in this coat, what a lucky girl!

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  21. That is ridiculously cute!!! I love the colour, and the lining is perfect!

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  22. It's stunning and I love, love, love the lining fabric you chose for it!

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  23. That is one fabulous looking coat! very pretty!

    Joy

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  24. Freakin cute and ur sister is a natural at modelling!

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  25. Beautiful coat, I may have to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. Wow! It's amazing. immaculate construction and a perfect colour (But then i'm biased, i have a bright pink coat too - love it!)

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  27. Beautiful coat. I'm a big fan of anything Zooey. And, I love that lining!

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  28. A beautiful coat which will add much needed colour to those grey Melbourne winter days. Thank you for the info about spoonflower.

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  29. This is a stunning coat in a stunning colour! I've just finished sewing a pink coat as well and for me, that's the best colour colour in winter (I live in Spain and winter is just starting so plenty of coat-wearing coming up...so good), it's so cheerful. Your sister looks lovely in her new coat, it fits her perfectly and the colur compliments her skin so well.

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  30. My first time commenting here I think but I really enjoy your blog :) Great coat, and I can't get enough of the New Girl either...

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  31. I can't tell you how much I love this! The bright pink colour and the super fun lining is just awesome! Plus anything New Girl inspired is a win with me!

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  32. OH wow!
    I have to admit I read this post yesterday but only had the chance to comment now, BUT I'VE BEEN THINKING OF THE COAT EVER SINCE. I'm still making jackets because it's not cold enough here in Israel, but once I get a few jackets out of the way I'M GOING OUT TO BUY PINK WOOL.
    I love the pattern it's incredibly cute and it matches your sister perfectly! you're both so pretty!

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    1. Oh thanks Kessem! I hope you do make a pink coat as well! I'd love to see it when you do :)

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  33. Love it!! I love that tv show also, I saw that coat and I want to do it too.

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  34. omg, that lining is to die for. i love a surprising lining! also, nice tip about the pleat at the lining hem. and i like that you did bound button holes. i never knew you could get someone else to make fabric covered buttons for you? how cool! pink is such a fun, unexpected color. i love it!!

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    1. Thanks Madam! I do love bright colours, it's impossible to feel miserable when you're wearing them :)

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  35. Is the spoonflower cotton/silk nice? Something suitable for dresses, tops or shirts?

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    1. Hi Kate, it is quite nice, though quite fine. It would be suitable for blouses and light flowing dresses x

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    2. Just what I hoped you would say

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  36. As the proud owner of a cape in exactly the same shade I can say wearing this will be a colourful wintertime treat! This looks absolutelyy stunning and well done on your first bound buttonholes- they look amazing!

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  37. A seriously fabulous coat. Love the colour, the fun lining and the perfection of your bound button holes.

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  38. I have to agree with you about "New Girl". It is one of the very few shows that makes me laugh out loud to the point of tears...and I saw my first episode on a plane too!

    Your pink coat is beautiful. Love the color, the bound button holes! and the lining. Your sister must love it! :)

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  39. just gorgeous. if i were your sis, i would hope you stay preggers forever.

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  43. Wow this jacket looks so beautifully made you have done such an awesome job. You must be sister of the year for making all these amazing clothes!! If you like New Girl you will probably like "Don't trust the B*#ch in apartment 23". Its just as funny and has Dawson from Dawsons creek in it as himself. Very funny :)

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  44. Love the colour. Yes, your sister will stand out amongst the funereal Melbourne winter dressers (I got weird looks the last time my green and purple coat made a trip down there from Sydney), but she'll stand out because she'll look so awesome.

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