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Fleece Jacket Pattern

I have a new fleece jacket.  It’s Kwik Sew Pattern 3721, in the car coat length.

Fleece Jacket Pattern

Once again, the photo is overexposed so that you can see the detail.  I suppose that I should make things in lighter colors so that they can appear clearly on this blog.  But… I need to wear them.  And black is a good coat color.

I made the coat from winter fleece that I got from Fabric.com.  It was very different to sew than the sweater fabric.  I used clear elastic at the shoulder seams again.  Only this time it slipped out of my hand.  And I sewed it off a few times.  Now that I am wearing the coat, I can feel the elastic.  So, I may not need the clear elastic when sewing with fleece.

horizontal seam reinforced with clear elastic

The pattern layout looked just as odd as with the sweater fabric.  But I had seen it once, so it was familiar.  And I was able to cheat a bit, since fleece is without nap, and cut both arm/front pieces at once.

I used yellow tailor’s tacks and safety pins to mark the pattern pieces. I had originally made snips in the seams where appropriate.  But I wasn’t able to see them. So I added the tailors tacks afterward.

The pockets do add bulk to the side seams.  But I liked having them a lot yesterday when the wind was blowing.  And I didn’t want to mess around with gloves.  I may use a complimentary fabric for the pockets in the future.

This pattern is versatile.  By making a longer variation in a different fabric, the coat feels very different.


Costume Jewelry Lampshade

So, your grandma left you a box full of costume jewelry.  It has no monetary value.  But you love it.  And it’s completely not your style.  The earrings are clip-on.  And the pins are weird and modern.  When you try them on your coats you look ridiculous.  What’s a crafty girl to do?

If she also left a random piece of pretty fabric, and a lamp with a rotted shade, you’re in luck.

how to cover a lampshade - fitted and embellished

How to Recover a Lampshade

  1. Remove the rotten lampshade fabric.
  2. Cut a piece of fabric large enough to cover the lampshade.  If the old fabric was intact, you can use it as a pattern.  This was not the case with my lampshade.  So I rolled the fabric around the frame wrong side out, marked the edges, and cut a seam allowance of three inches.
  3. Lay the fabric back on the frame and determine where you want the seam, mark it.
  4. Sew your seam.
  5. Place the fabric on the frame again.
  6. Fold the top edges down into the frame, trimming where necessary.  Use clothes pins to secure the fabric.
  7. Sew the shade fabric to the top part of the frame.
  8. Flip the shade upside down and repeat steps 6 and 7.
  9. Begin attaching jewelry to the shade.  I also used handkerchiefs.

Voila, grandmas costume jewelry is preserved for the next generation.  Or at least until my children manage to sneak into the bedroom and play dress up with it.

how to cover a lampshade - close up