k+j sibling’s matching jackets

i bought this piece of woolen fabric because i wanted to make lil j a jacket.  so i started to google and read all about making a suit/jacket.  then the reading get too tough (there were all sort of jargons and i was too impatient really)… and i decided to purchase a pattern from here.

unfortunately, the pattern was not up to my expectation 😦  i wanted to make a professional looking proper suit but this pattern  doesn’t come with a front facing and back neck facing, just front and back lining.  also, i wanted to bag the jacket lining and eliminate hand sewing but this was not the case with the pattern.  by then, i was slightly distraught but still adamant about wanting things my way!  so i diverted a little (to allow for ahem! more research time) and made a trench coat for lil k instead, with the same fabric of course.

a simple woolen coat for my baby girl.

a simple woolen coat for my baby girl.

i drafted the pattern from scratch, drawing inspirations from various kids clothing designs but keeping it simple so as not to make too much mistake, and enjoyed my first attempt on woolen fabric.  even added some handmade piping and little pleats for details.

naturally, i made the jacket bigger, hopefully lil k can wear it longer.  so i added a martingale so it won't look too baggy.

naturally, i made the jacket bigger, hopefully lil k can wear it longer.  i added a martingale on the back so it won’t look too baggy.

i did not line this jacket, so i hand sewn the hem and decided that the jacket for lil j HAS TO BE LINED.

and then i started working on lil j’s jacket.  with extensive “research” plus staring countless times at hubz’s suits, I finally put the scissors to the fabric.  along the way, those jargons and online tutorials eventually made sense 😉

lil j's jacket finally completed

yay! lil j’s jacket finally completed

i must say the instructions for the welt pocket from the original pattern i purchased was very clear.  i’ve attempted the welt pocket before but wasn’t very successful so this was a major improvement. the tedious part was cutting the fabric to ensure the pocket pieces pattern matched the jacket shelf.

a peek on the inside of the jacket

a peek on the inside of the jacket

except for the opening to turn the jacket inside out, the whole lining was completely bagged and machine sewn.  i was rather happy with the outcome!

except for the opening to turn the jacket inside out, the whole lining was completely bagged and machine sewn. i was rather happy with the outcome!

so now, my lil j and lil k have a matching, sibling jackets.  even the buttons are matched!

woolen jackets for my babies :)

woolen jackets for my babies 🙂

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.  Proverbs 17:17

…j

a fairy dress for lil k

the name of the dress given by lil j.  i love how creative he is.  and how he sees things and imagine all kind of things.  i love how chatty he is (although some days i feel so tired listening and talking to him)  and i especially love how he enjoys making lil k laugh.

and so when i made this dress for lil k, he told me it looked nice (he is ever so generous with compliments) and that it looked like a fairy dress.  when i put it on lil k, he said she has turned into a fairy with wings.  i liked that, so this dress is now called lil k’s fairy dress.

fairy dress for lil k

 

the tie was originally made to be worn in the front but lil k loves pulling it off, so i reversed it to the back and that was when lil j said they look like fairy wings.

the tie was originally made to be worn in the front but lil k loves pulling it off, so i reversed it to the back and that was when lil j said they look like fairy wings.

i’ve made this dress a little long with the hope that lil k will wear it for a long time.  i am sure when she’s grown taller, this dress can be turned into a top, matched with leggings or tights.  and perhaps, when she stop pulling the tie, the fairy wings can grow in the front 🙂

All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace. Isaiah 54:13

…j

introducing… lil hedgehog

10 months later, that’s it.  wow!  is she already 10 months old?  where did all the time go?

anyway, for the first time.. making her debut in this blog.  lil hedgehog (a very lovely nickname given by lil j)

lil hedgehog aka lil k at one month old.

lil hedgehog aka lil k at one month old.

and she just keep growing.

My name is cutie - a gift from Oma.

My name is cutie – a gift from Oma.

and before i get enough of holding the tiny little her, she was all ready to “get up and go”

i was quite sure she was trying to make the pouty lips look.  she was cat-walking on the couch.  one of the outfit i sewn for her, which lil j thought it was a fairy dress - he said the tie at the back is the fairy wings.  my lil j is such a sweet boy :)

i was quite sure she was trying to make the pouty lips look. she was cat-walking on the couch. one of the outfit i sewn for her, which lil j thought it was a fairy dress – he said the tie at the back is the fairy wings. my lil j is such a sweet boy 🙂

and now at 10 month old – with 4 teeth, loves music, special liking for “twinkle twinkle little star”, very much into Thomas the Tank Engine (thanks to lil j), extremely sociable and happy, tremendously loud (especially when crying – and it can go on for a long time), lover of food – especially gourmet meals, cruising around fast and almost ready to walk, and very tough with quite stubborn character emerging…

a very playful and cheeky girl.  but don't mess with her.  lil j will tell you she is not easy!

a very playful and cheeky girl. but don’t mess with her. lil j will tell you she is not easy!

and i have indeed been sewing up a storm for this lil monster!  just don’t grow up so fast please lil k, ok?

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

…j