December 6, 2013

First winter

Little J's winter suit is finished!
I explained a lot of its details in the previous post: modified Knippie patterns, wool coating and interlining, cotton lining and rib knit.
I have to say I really like the combination of this fairly dull dark blue fabric with the bright red. I have I bit of both left, so I may even use them together again…

I bagged the lining of both garments, catching that rib knit between the layers. At those really small hand leg and arm openings, that was really fiddly.
And of course, I had to make the separating zipper quite a bit shorter. 
The zipper, by the way was also sewn in from the inside so there is no visible stitching there, not even on the flap behind it.
All the jacket still needs is a red lace for the hood. Unfortunately, I went to four different places (three market stalls and a store) which sell notions and none of them were selling laces anymore. I would have expected at least one of them to sell the stuff by the meter, I know they used to. 
And I'm thinking only now that I should buy actual shoe laces instead. On this small size, their length should not be a problem and those will have nicely finished tips… I should have thought of that earlier.

Now, all I have to do is hope that it will fit J and he and his parents will like it.


  1. Nice work, as always. I thought you might be interested in something I learned while trying to buy hoodies for my nieces/nephews last week -- in the U.S. it is illegal to sell hoodies with laces for the use of children under a certain age (forgot what age). So, they make the hoodies in these small sizes, and they have a little finished buttonhood where the lace would go, but there is no lace. Lest the children somehow manage to strangle themselves, I guess? It looks strange -- like they have all lost their laces.

  2. Correction: Buttonhole, not buttonhood.