DIY Woolen Bomber Jacket – Making Clothes For Autumn

diy woolen bomber jacket

Having cozy autumn garments really lifts my mood when days are getting colder, I especially need colours to brighten up grey days. Jackets and coats are my main focus now.

Before I started making my own clothes I used to have one coat that I wore for many winters, I just didn’t want to spend the money and rather saved it up for my next summer trip to far away lands.

But now that I make my own clothes, I do have more winter garments and I love all the woolen fabric available out there.

diy woolen bomber jacket

This jacket actually belongs to my 13 year old daughter. She made it herself with some help from me. She has grown up with the sewing machine, watching her mum make all of her clothes from babyhood.

When she was about 3 she started playing with the machine making just a few stitches. And then over the years build up her skills with little interference from me. Although it’s not that long ago that she made the switch from making doll’s clothes to making her own.

Of course, us home educating also helps. She has all the time she wants to practice and learn skills, study sewing magazines and books or use the internet for advice.

diy woolen bomber jacket

We used a mohair/wool blend fabric but sadly, it’s not availabel anymore, I bought it only 2 weeks ago. It’s from Dragonfly Fabrics, they have a big choice of boiled wool fabrics in many colours though, so they might still be worth checking out.

The lining is a clearance linen fabric from Organic Textile Company.

The pattern is from Coats and Jackets by Wendy Mullin. It has three basic patterns, the fitted jacket, the basic jacket and the straight coat and shows various adaptations and finishing techniques. We did change the pattern a bit, added length at arms and body pieces.

While it’s not the best book in terms of detailed explaining (and strangely the collar didn’t fit, it was too short), it’s still useful for the patterns (minus collars) and ideas on how to adapt a basic pattern. It’s the only book I could find on the topic.

Here is a boiled wool coat with felt appliqué which I made for my son last year.

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Recycled Bottle Glass Bead Necklace – Tutorial

recycled bottle glass bead necklace One of my favourite pastimes in summer is jewellery making. I get lots of books out of the library to teach myself new techniques and of course for inspiration. I always look for unusual beads, colour combinations that I haven’t tried before and interesting finishing  techniques.

In this necklace I used recycled bottle glass beads from Ghana, they are semi-translucent and really beautiful. The bell in the middle is made from recycled brass. I joined the necklace to a leather cord, this way I can wear it at different lengths and of course I like the look of it.

And here is how I made the necklace.

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Knotted Straps Sandals – Handcraft Your Own Sandals

knotted straps sandals

These knotted strap sandals I made for my teenage daughter. Every time I make her a pair of sandals she gets out fabric scraps and cardboard and builds her own sandals that she wears proudly around the house.

It’s so fascinating to see how our making stuff inspires children to do so too and one day without ever having been taught formally they are able to just create whatever it was that they watched us doing. I’ve observed this many times.

knotted straps sandals

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Leather Cube Earrings – Make Sparkling Jewellery Out Of Scrap Leather

leather cube earrings

If you’ve followed me for some time, you probably know by now that I like finding ways to use up my leather scraps. Here I made leather cube earrings out of very thick leather (4-5mm) which I use for midsoles when making sandals/shoes.

They look suprisingly lovely considering what they are made off. I made various shapes like rectangles, triangles, squares and painted them in bright coulours. They are my new favourite earrings.

leather cube earrings

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Making A Spring Dress From Organic Cotton Fabric

Winter is nearly over (happiness) and I’ve started to make new clothes for my children. For spring clothes I usually make something from knit jerseys, often taking old dresses apart to make new t-shirts or mixing up new and older fabrics.

This dress I made for my teenage daughter from organic cotton jersey.

making spring dress organic cotton jersey fabric

The dress is a little challenging to make because of the 3 panels front and back, you have to attach them to the right places but other than that it comes together easily. I really like its shape and swing.

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