January 14, 2014

hello seattle





Probably one of my favorite projects to date.
I really wanted to challenge myself and this was definitely that.
Not to mention 20+ hours of work.
But all for a custom rain jacket for my oldest in his favorite green....love it!

When I started researching, everything I read lead me to Seattle Fabrics and upon entering the store for the first time I fell in love. Seriously every product you could ever need to make high quality outerwear. They also ship products and their website is extremely helpful.  This article on Sewaholic was also one of the most informative pieces I found to give me an idea of what I was getting into.

I started with this pattern for the jacket and then highly altered not only the shape of the jacket but also the fit. I ended up redrafting quite a few of the pieces to get the exact look I wanted. I incorporated many details from the different store bought rain jackets that we already own. All fabric and supplies were bought from Seattle Fabrics.

The pants were drafted from a pair of old sweatpants. I had to add all the details, create the adjustable waistband and also the back yoke.  The fabric for these were an old pair of jeans but I completely cut them apart and didn't use any of the existing details.

The seam taping. Easily the most intimidating part of the entire process but not difficult once you know what you are doing.  It wasn't as hard as what I thought. I bought extra Melco Iron-On Seam Tape  and did some practicing before I tried it on the jacket. Thankful I took the time to practice because the taped leaked glue on my iron and all over the practice piece.  Hoping to do a tutorial on how to apply the seam tape at some point.

Make sure you head over to the Project Run & Play website and vote for your favorite!



45 comments:

  1. very professional jacket! I wondered how the seams were sealed - had no idea you could use iron on tape.

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    1. yea its a little tricky to iron on so it doesn't leak onto your iron- hoping to post a tutorial soon!

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  2. Can't believe you made that jacket! That is a labor of love... way to go!

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  3. Unbelievable.....what an incredible jacket. I love it and the fact you took a long learning curve to get it done right!

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    1. yes loving to see it on my boy each day!

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  4. Anyone that has ever lived in the northwest, knows that this is the most practical - most needed piece of clothing! Truly, an amazing job!
    http://xoxograndma.blogspot.com/

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  5. That jacket is amazing! I really love the details on the pants too, but can't get over that jacket!

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  6. Holy Moly!!! This jacket is incredible. I'd buy it in pink for my girls!!!! Fantastic job.

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    1. would be adorable in pink.
      thank you!

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  7. I would love to see more about the Seam tape. This jacket is amazing. I lived in the Seattle area for years and I remember well Seattle fabrics :) Thy are spectacular for outdoor wear. I think I stumbled upon them when looking for some fabric to repair an old sail.

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    1. hoping to get a tutorial up on seam tape soon.
      and yes LOVE LOVE seattle fabrics.

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  8. Amazing Jacket - could not believe you made it. Well done on a great finished product and also on learning a new skill in your sewing

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    1. yes hoping to use this skill again soon!

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  9. WOW! This jacket and whole look is just amazing!

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  10. I can't even begin to count the number of times today I've thought of this jacket and my jaw dropped open. It's sooooo professional {AND perfect for Seattle weather}!!

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  11. Gah! You made waterproofs! I respect how much effort that took. Looks so professional.

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  12. What a great jacket for Seattle weather! Very well done.

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  13. I love how you thought of every detail! And living on the East Side, it's so appropriate for this time of year. I'm also going to check out the fabric store.

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    1. seattle fabrics is awesome!
      definitely check it out~

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  14. Living in the Seattle area myself, I had to vote for you. This jacket is amazing!

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  15. My favourite piece from this week's challenge! I used to live in rainy Vancouver, BC and lived in a similar (expensive!) jacket year-round. There's nothing quite as practical as a waterproof jacket and so cute in a mini version for little boys! Love it!

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  16. You are so brave to sew something like this! As a Portlander, I totally understand the motivation! Nice work--looks so professional, and the whole outfit is great!

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  17. Ummm.....WOW! So professional looking! I love the little alligators inside the pants! Great work!

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    1. that alligator fabric is an old sheet- i LOVE it!

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  18. This is wonderful and I love the jacket! Kudos and I hope to see more of your work on Project Run and Play! Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

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  19. So cool--love the jacket and the pants. You always add such great, unique details to your clothing. But this jacket looks perfect!

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  20. That jacket is just wicked awesome!
    WOW!
    Kudos to you!

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  21. Oh, Wow, what a jacket! It is beautifully made inside and outside! That takes talent!

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  22. You did an awesome job on the rain jacket including waterproofing the seams like a pro! It is so great that you are sewing for your boys. Keep it up and when they get to be young men and you are still sewing for them who knows what ideas you will be incorporating into their clothing. It is a good path for a custom designer to travel regardless of where it leads.

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    1. thanks so much joyce.
      have a question for you so need to email you!!

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  23. I am very impressed with your rain coat! What an intimidating project, and you did a great job. Very inspiring!

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  24. Wonderful job on the jacket! It looks very professional!

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    1. thank you- thats a huge compliment!

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