It's cold outside, let's hurry up to sew warm coat using felted sweaters and other materials and scraps ... but be warned that this project has a lot room for creativity, designer's view, color theory, fun, flexibility, mistakes, breaking sewing machine needles, freedom, deviation from plan, thrifting, addiction to destruction but always warm and happy ending.
Note: As far as sewing is concerned, I'm self taught by doing it. I have learned a lot about sewing techniques, materials, and sewing machines over the years. In this project, I used both Singer Confidence 7470 sewing machine and Singer 14CG754 (2, 3, 4 Thread Overlock Machine with Differential Feed) Serger.
You can buy them from your local Joann Fabric Store when they are on sale (Joann also offers a very basic class for new owners) or get a good deal for Singer sewing machine and serger online and save a trip to the store.
Step 1: Materials and Machines
1. Study and evaluate what you have, find a sweater that can be used as the bodice of the coat.
2. Find material that can be used as the skirt of the coat.
Try them on the lucky recipient, they should be possibly altered to fit the recipient. In my case, I found a felted adult sweater for the bodice and a coordinating wool skirt that isn't worn by anyone for the lower part of the coat.
3. No coat is warm without hoodie, so I found some vintage knit fabric for the hoodie.
4. I like a decorative brim on the hoodie, I decided to use the embroidered hem of a skirt for the hoodie brim.
5. I also found a wool pants, the waist band and buttons will be the front button band and buttons of the coat.
6. I also like the hoodie has tie to keep it stay over head during really cold and windy condition, so a piece of 54" ribbon is used.
Well, if you wonder how I have everything I need. That's because I have a bit of junk collector reputation among friends, they call me to their house to inspect things they don't want and take what I want. So maybe building a collector reputation is your first step for projects like this.
7. Serger and sewing machine with buttonhole foot
8. Other basic measuring, cutting and sewing tools