Edit: here is a link to my letter tutorial, and a GIVEAWAY that closes this next Monday (30th of January)
so please come on over and learn how to make your own letter!
So how fun was last week in Project Run and Play? I loved seeing all the great historically inspired clothes! This week's theme is "Outerwear" and as a confession, I actually started this piece *as* my "sewing through the decades" entry, but decided to use it for outerwear instead, and so I have had this one finished for almost 2 weeks. (Which is good since I am back at school again!) I really loved the challenge of making outerwear, since my goal was to make a really good and REAL looking coat. I think making coats is deceptively difficult, as you end up working with a lot of bulk, and we all know what a coat looks like, so if it is scrunchy and bunchy or lumpy and bumpy, we can all tell it looks wrong! I was inspired by 50's style Letterman's Jackets, (although they have honestly changed very little through the decades so it's also fairly modern too,) like the one seen here on the left.......
I feel like the most distinctive features of a Letterman's Jacket are the wool body, the leather/pleather sleeves and pocket welts, the snaps down the front, the striped ribbing, and the "chenille" loop pile letters with a felt border as seen in the picture bellow,
I love being able to make things that "look right" and I hope you think I was able to manage it!
Anyway, without further ado I present my "Little Letterman"
|This Jacket has a soft wool body, with buttery soft pebbled pleather sleeves and custom made striped ribbing.|
|It's fully lined in a soft plaid cotton flannel.|
|The "I" is actually one of the bits I am most proud of! I made this chenille "I" using needle punch embroidery and regular cotton embroidery floss. I actually found discovering the exact right technique for this quite challenging, but once I did it came out just perfectly I think! (I am actually going to be doing a tutorial on this, and giving away a punch needle tool kit and some floss to one lucky follower this week! I'm so excited for my first giveaway, so don't forget to follow me! )|
Anyway, tune in tomorrow to see my needle punch embroidered letter tutorial, and for a chance to win your own needle punch embroidery tool set with embroidery floss so you can make your own Letterman's Jacket! (Or whatever you want to make!) (Open now for entry!)