Lions and Leopards and Camels, Oh My!! Trench Coat Jungle

My first attempt at sewing a jacket / coat!  Camel and Animal Print Trench Style CoatI finished my trench style coat for Jungle January in animal print!  It is based on the Christine Hayne’s pattern and the fabric talked about in this post.  Now, you all thought I was going to put the leopard/lion print on the outside and the camel on the inside, right??  Admit it.  Camel Trench Coat in Animal PrintAnd, BAM!  Leopard/Lion print on the inside!

Animal Print on Inside of Trench CoatI altered the sleeves from the pattern quite a bit and made them longer, adding a cuff with button and also added a tie belt with belt loops.

Of course, NEVER to be outdone, Kitty also got his jungle on and styled a coordinating leopard print collar.  Kitty's Leopard Print CollarBias binding was attached to the raw front edges of the coat and around the collar.  To learn more about how to attach bias binding, click here.

Pattern Layout

Pattern Layout

Bias Binding Attached to Front and Around Collar

Bias Binding Attached to Front and Around Collar

I Want to be Ensconced in Velvet

I finished a grey velvet skirt with darker grey stretch knit panels in the sides.  Not so sure if George Costanza would wear it, but I can see the joy of being ensconced in velvet, it’s soooo soft.

Velvet Skirt with Stretch Knit Side Panels and Foldover Elastic Waistband

Velvet Skirt with Stretch Knit Side Panels and Foldover Elastic Waistband

The skirt has a black fold over elastic waistband, and I placed the shiny side out, so it adds a hint of bling to the skirt.  It’s quite easy to make, A-Line with slightly rounded edges on the hemline.  The stretch panels allow you to make it more fitted to your body while still not having to insert a zipper.  Yay!

Velvet A-Line Skirt with Side Stretch Panels

Velvet A-Line Skirt with Side Stretch Panels

You draft it by using your waistband measurement, than measuring down from the centre point to the length you want, and add some width to both sides of the hem to make an A-line flare.  Cut out panels, approximately 4cm (2″) out of stretch knit fabric and sew to both back and front pieces of skirt.  Important:  before you cut out the stretch knit panels, make sure that the stretch is going horizontally across your body and not vertically, up and down your body.  After the panels were sewn to the skirt front and back, I added a decorative topstitch to both sides of the stretch panels.  Then, add the fold over elastic by stretching it in sections as you sew it on to the waistband.  For more information on how to attach fold over elastic, click here.  Hem the skirt by double folding and top stitching.  Done!  And velvety.  Mmmmmm.

Trim Hem With Curved Corners Using Fashion Designers Curve Ruler

Trim Hem With Curved Corners Using Designers Curve Ruler

Cut Skirt Out - Waistband Measurement and Added Width to the Hem for Flare

Cut Skirt Out – Waistband Measurement and Added Width to the Hem for Flare

Cut Out 2 Stretch Knit Panels

Cut Out 2 Stretch Knit Panels with Stretch Going Horizontally (i.e., across the short side)

Attach Stretch Knit Panels to Front and Back Pieces of Skirt and Sew Together

Attach Stretch Knit Panels to Front and Back Pieces of Skirt and Sew Together

Attach Foldover Elastic at Waist, Stretching as You Sew

Attach Foldover Elastic at Waist, Stretching Elastic as You Sew

Double Fold Hem Bottom of Skirt

Double Fold Skirt Hem and Topstitch (note the decorative topstitching on both sides of the stretch panel)

DRAPE YOURSELF IN VELVET!!

Kitty Picks a Winner!!!! (Eventually…)

So, the draw has taken place and Kitty has selected a winner!  Here is a rundown of how it happened:

  1. Cards were made with the names and favourite sewing/crafting magazines of all 20 participants.Entrant Cards
  2. Cards were gathered together and shuffled, supervised by Kitty.gathering the cardsShuffling the Cards
  3. Cards were randomly placed around a bench in a circle, also supervised by Kitty.laying out the cardskitty looking ridiculously cute
  4. Kitty’s job is now to leap off of the bench and land on a card, thereby selecting the winner!  Go Kitty!!!
    Kitty takes his time, thinking of the best plan of attack

    Kitty takes his time, deliberating the best plan of attack

    delicately stepping around cards

  5. Kitty leaps off the bench, delicately stepping around all cards, not so much as even brushing gently against one.  Nice footwork Kitty.  Sadly, not the point of the exercise.
  6. Excitement is palpable when Kitty looks like he is going to pick a winner!!!!excitement is palpable
  7. Nope, false alarm, Kitty is back up on the bench to peruse life from a higher vantage point.  nope, back on bench
  8. Kitty ponders where to go next.  For many, many, many minutes.  Aren’t you glad we didn’t videotape this??looking to get ready
  9. Then, like the skies opening up and letting out the glorious sunshine, Kitty prepares to leap once again!
  10. And then….BAM!!!!  Kitty goes for it!!  We are fairly confident that this WILL BE an Olympic event at the next Olympics.  You heard it here first.  BAMM kitty goes for itKitty Nails it
  11. KITTY NAILS IT!!!! He lands with a paw smack down on a card!!
  12. Kitty’s assistant turns over the winning card.Who is the Winner  Who will it be??  The anticipation is absolutely nerve wracking ……
  13. And the winner is…………………….And the winner is
  14. Congratulations Lori Harris!!!  You are the winning entrant!
  15. Kitty’s work here is done…..kitty's work here is doneNice work Kitty!Winner
    Congratulations Winner

    “Big day. Must nap now”

    Thank you to everybody who participated!  We’ve enjoyed meeting you.  There will be more giveaways in the near future, so please be sure to sign up and try your luck again!  Kitty looks forward to it.