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My maternal grandmother started making parkas by first making one for our maternal grandfather.  He wore it to go pick up the mail and many people liked it.  She made parkas for the RCMP officers.  I always wanted a floral print parka with the rick rack trim and lots of fur around the hood because they looked so warm.  I am submitting a power point presentation because some of the pics did not print earlier in a submission.  The project took five full days to complete and this has been a dream of mine for a long time.  To have and wear this style of winter clothing has made me very happy.  Small floral patterned material was one of the first fabric materials to be brought from other countries to Turtle Island or North America.  The fabric was widely used and liked by the Metis and other Aboriginal groups.
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Step 1: Northern Metis Woodlands Style Parka

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Outer Floral Fabic Material.jpg
Lynx Fur Hood Trim, Rick Rack Ribbon Decorations, Silver Buffalo Design Buttons, Three Layers including lining; regular steel zipper


Step 2:

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Measure and cut out three pieces of each pattern piece ( left arm 3, right arm 3, body 3,) one of each of the three layers and the hood which is made in two sections which will need to have six pieces cut if done this way.

Step 3: Northern Metis Woodlands Style Parka

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Cut out two pockets and begin sewing rick rack onto the bottom of the arm sleeves, the pockets and shoulders (I used one color for the shoulder as can be seen in the first picture).  I remember that rick rack was sewn along the hood line just below the fur which exposed the colors in this section.  It is much easier for me to sew the rick rack onto the exterior before it is sewn together but it is your choice and the rick rack matches the tiny floral design on the exterior of the parka.
metiswoman1 year ago
Thanks for the instructable and for sharing your Grams design with us; much appreciated.