Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cate's Jacket is Finished

I finally finished Cate's jacket and am sending it off to Texas today.


I was pleased with how all of her choices turned out...


The fabrics looked great...


And so did her ribbon choices...


And the peace signs were the same style that we used in Pants Pants Revolution...


With those fraying edges...


I had to add a few special touches myself ~~~

I used all those fun stitches on my sewing machine in different colors to give the collar a little more pizazz -- I thought they looked great against the white background.


A little monogram "C "...


And a special label for the inside.


I printed a mirror image of the label onto transfer paper and ironed it on...It came out a little light and smudged so I went over it with a micron pen and it looks just ok. Perfection is overrated anyway.


And I LOVE how this froggy turned out!!

It's a rhinestone applique from MJTrim with a tongue and fly a la Aunt Susan...


It's by far my favorite part.

By far...*smile

Now I'm off to make more leaves...oh, and to find those little file folders Cate asked me to send...

Oh, and I haven't forgotten about stitching my story...but it probably won't happen until this Summer...

[Note: For those new to my blog, you can see Cate's Design Book on this post which I sent to Cate to help her design her own jacket...And you can read about Cate's design choices here.]

28 comments:

coral-seas said...

Oh WOW! Cate is going to be totally knocked out and the absolute envy of all her friends. This is the fashion statement of the moment and every young girl (including me) should have one.

I've been avoiding your blog (you know why ;-)) but this popped up in my reader and when I saw that white denim, there was no way I could resist reading on. Susan, you rock. I'd love to see Cate's face when she opens the package and sees her jacket. Ijust love every little bit of it.

Vicki W said...

She is going to be over the moon!

Judy S. said...

You're going to have one ecstatic little niece, Susan. The jacket turned out wonderfullyt! I love it all, especially the buttons. Good work....again! Like Coral- Seas, I wish I could be a fly on the wall when she opens the package.

FlowerLady said...

What a fantastic jacket! Cate is going to love that. To think she did the designing and her wonderful aunt did the labor of love.

Hugs to both of you.

FlowerLady

Loralynn said...

It turned out so cute! I'm sure Cate will be thrilled by it! I love the frog the best too!!!

Jodaeodesign said...

So cool, great job.

Ati. said...

Lucky, lucky Cate who has an aunt called: Susan Plays with needles!

Dees said...

Cate will be so lucky! You are by far the best auntie in the whole wide world who can play with needles&thread.

Carol said...

Superb! Stupendous! Sensational~ Susan. That's what they are gonna say!! When they see Cate in the newest duds.

I love the frog, cause I never say a frog I didn't like, but I especially like the undercollar. Perfect!! and the stitching on top to boot.

She's gonna LOVE it.

xx, carol

Joan said...

I just love the back of that jacket. Wow, it is very, very creative.

Marnie said...

Fabulous!

Allison Ann Aller said...

It's the love...the design...the intention...the focus on your niece...the happiness...the meaning...the work...the play...THE AUNT SUSAN effect....all are working miracles for this girl....

verobirdie said...

WOW that is beautiful!
Widh I could see the little sparks in her eyes when she opens the parcel :-)

Sweetpea said...

Susan, I want to say something that I have thought many times while reading your blog posts that are about your nieces...how you have developed your relationship with them, maintained a presence in their lives. And that is to say, "WISH YOU WERE MYYYY AUNT!!!!!"

I applaud your giving, your dedication to *making* treasures they can hold and keep with them for a long, long time....

Sweetpea said...

Susan, I want to say something that I have thought many times while reading your blog posts that are about your nieces...how you have developed your relationship with them, maintained a presence in their lives. And that is to say, "WISH YOU WERE MYYYY AUNT!!!!!"

I applaud your giving, your dedication to *making* treasures they can hold and keep with them for a long, long time....

FredaB said...

Just wonderful Susan. Do you think her Mom will ever get it off her. She will probably even want to wear it to bed or at least hang it near the bed so she can see it.

Love the frog but the collar was my favorite.

Hugs

FredaB

wandar-wanda said...

Hi ,
you work is beautiful ,
and Happy Easter,
hugz.
Wanda

www.wandar-wanda.blogspot.com

Penny said...

Beautiful, but more than that - fun, creative, eye-popping. I love the frog too -- but I'm also in awe of the collar.

Catherine said...

That is one awesome jacket!! No other in the world like it! How many little girls own a one of a kind piece?

Hopefully her mom can catch a picture of her face when she sees it for the first time!

Barbara C said...

Very cute jacket! I think you've found a very talented collaborator.

Wanda said...

Cate is one lucky girl! The jacket sure did turn out awesome! I hope she keeps it to pass on to her daughter or niece on day! I couldn't help but think that this would have been VERY COOL for me as a young girl as well...all those colors and peace signs and, well, just EVERYTHING! Great job and what an aunt!

Rachel said...

I hope Cate has enormous fun wearing her jacket and being the envy of her friends - fabulous!

tongfengdemao said...

It's really beautiful. What a lucky girl Cate is! I remember reading Cate's choices, but I hadn't seen the design book, so I followed the link to Flckr. That's a work of art, too!

Annette said...

Wow!!!! I love the stitching on collar. It makes me realize I need to use my decorative stitches more!!!

Elizabeth said...

Cate is going to be over the moon about this jacket!!! aLL OF YOUR TOUCHES AND TECHNIQUES ARE FABULOUS!! Youa re going to ahve to do this again when she outgrows this one!!! But I am sure that you will be up for that!!! Love the frog with bug and the collar is so cool- trying to turn her into a little prep eh????? Just kidding!!!
Are you amking more leaves for another Giving Tree purse???
Can't wait to see!!!
Hugs!
E
I bet that you wish that you could be there when she opens it- perhaps your SIL could video tape it all???

Chris said...

Cate's jacket is fabulous. What a lucky girl! I adore the frog. What a great touch!

bluemuf said...

The jacket is gorgeous. Cate will love it. I really liked how you included her in the design of the jacket.

Hugs Karen

anne said...

I also love the frog. Bravo Aunty Susan.

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