Friday, 1 June 2012

Pattern testing for HeidiandFinn-Urban Weekender Coat

I am so excited to share this new pattern with you!! and can't help but start out by telling you that I am totally in love with this new pattern by HeidiandFinn!

I was one of the lucky people selected to test out HeidiandFinn's new Urban Weekender Coat, which will be released this weekend. Their patterns are amazing. I also have their Urban Unisex Hoodie pattern, which is fabulous:

I find their designs to be clean and hip, which is something I am looking to incorporating into my sewing. So far most of the clothes I make are fun and colourful, but I also want something my kids can wear that is a bit more sophisticated. 

Well this design is very sophisticated:

I love and prefer using upcycled materials, but in this case I had a deadline of a week to complete the coat, so I broke my rule and bought new fabric. I found this dark denim in the sale aisle at the fabric store.

The buttons are made from coconut.

and the lining is also from the sale aisle. Bright and colourful on the inside, clean and sophisticated on the outside.

My little model.

Big brother making him laugh.

And we need a serious shot.

Jasper is used to being my model, and I think he was feeling a little left out. He put on his "handsome shirt" and asked that I take photos of him too.

He is so handsome and goofy!

and the goofy shot:)

I was worried when I signed up for this because I wasn't sure I was experienced enough to make a coat, plus my one experience with a zipper left me intimidated. (I made a fleece vest for Rob's dad. The zipper went in fine, but the rest was awful!) But the pattern and tutorial are so easy to follow, and I loved making it. After the kids went to bed on Monday night I started sewing and couldn't stop until I was done, which was around midnight! It was just so exciting and I couldn't wait to see the end result, which I am so ecstatic with. I feel like the real deal after putting this together. A few friends on Facebook asked me to make them one in their size. I'm not sure I'm ready for that, but I do have enough fabric left over to make a coat for Jasper, who really wants one.

Thanks HeidiandFinn for another amazing pattern, and for giving me the opportunity to test it out!

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