Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Turn your knitting into sewing

My sister asked me a while ago if I could teach her how to sew. She wanted to take some knitting patterns and turn them into sewing patterns for her little girl.
I loved the idea, and decided to try it with Jack's duffel coat I had made, to see what would happen, before I tried it with her.
I literally took his coat and traced it. It was pretty easy because this pattern is very square. I didn't do the arm holes, I just made the front in two pieces, and the back in one piece.

This was supposed to just be a prototype, but I was really excited with the way it came out. I wanted it to fit her little girl, but it came out a lot smaller than I thought. I made a 1/2 seam allowance, but should have made my pieces about two inches larger. Yarn has a lot more give than most fabric.


It is too small for Anna, but I think I have another babe in mind for this sweet little coat!

16 comments:

Ravenhill said...

Oh, the coat is adorable!!!

QuiltedSimple said...

Oh I love it. I could never trace a pattern like this and get it to come out - fantastic work!
Kris

APA said...

That is awesome, the cutest thing! And I love your ingenuity. I'll learn a thing or two here, no doubt.

lucky knitter said...

It is so cute! I love how you are thinking outside the box. You are so creative.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Fantastic! I actually was mulling over this same idea with my sister. I have the new 'Inspired to Knit' and she talks about the measurements needed to create a knit piece and so we were looking over different knitting patterns to see if we could convert them to sewing. It's great to see that it can be done :).

Steph said...

Wow - you are just so dang talented!

Stephanie said...

Cute, cute, cute! Love the little jacket. Very "hug-able"!

I enjoyed your post about your kitchen ritual. I relate to that so much. It feels so good to have everything back where it belongs. Peaceful.

Take Care,

Stephanie

Missy said...

Turned out so cute! Great job.
AND you make cleaning up after dinner sound so wonderful and relaxing, maybe I need to change my attitude?
Thanks for being inspiring in so many different ways!

Hilary said...

Oh, that's just adorable. I love the fabrics you chose.

Molly said...

What a great little coat. I love it. I am trying to think what I can use to trace for one for my little ones.

Cottage Mommy said...

I can't even recall how I stumbled across your blog but I love it! You really inspire me....I am a knitter stuck on felted purses and scarves. I need to take some more classes, I'd love to be able to knit sweaters like you do or some cute things for my kids. Are you self taught or did you learn from taking classes? I don't know if I should struggle through some books or what? Thanks for the inspiration though!

tiennie said...

That is an adorable little coat! What a great idea!

Knitterella said...

No way! that's all you did? Sounds easy enough and it's soo cute!

Blaynexox said...

That coat is absolutely adorable!! I love the fabrics you chose too - so cute!

Elise said...

Neat idea!! I might could actually try this one.
Elise

Marcia said...

What a great idea. Love the color combos on this wee jacket.