Hello everyone! Tara here from Girl Like The Sea today to share something fun I came up with for my baby boy. I’ve got kind of a thing for wolves, and I made him a wolf sweater that ended up way too big and got passed to his sister. As soon as I saw the new 5&10 designs pattern, I knew I was going to make my boy a replacement wolf coat. I also have a thing lately for sketching on my iPad, so I drew up some very silly looking instructions for you to DIY your own wolf coat.
I think a customized coat would make a nice costume for a little one who might be too cold outside in October, but you still want to dress up for the night. Would you like to see?
First, a slew of pictures for your viewing pleasure : )
I made this little coat with Kaufman shetland flannel, which is so cozy and nice looking, and makes it look like a little hooded suit jacket. The lining is something that I got free someplace, and it was a total pain to work with. It’s slippery, which is why I chose it as a lining, but it also is such a loose weave that it fell apart as I was working with it. Should’ve finished ALL the edges before sewing anything.
For the white detail, it’s just some oxford shirting from my stash.
The tail was leftover faux fur from fabric.com that I had bought for my spread on STYLO! I found it hiding in a box, and knew it would be perfect. My tutorial doesn’t include the tail because I felt like it was getting overlong, but I would be happy to write up a quick tute for that someday. It’s removable, which is good because the first thing Hawthorne did when we went out for pictures was to find a puddle he could drag it through. Lol!
He’s not the most ferocious wolf…..but he can throw down a pretty good rumpus.
The location I took pictures at is one of my new favorites. It reminds be of being back home in Oregon, because it’s got a definite Portland vibe. There’s even Stumptown coffee, which any west coaster will know is a good thing.
Now for the tutorial! I hope you don’t mind me trying out a new way of doing tutorials. Because of the complications between being a mom of three young kids who never seem to sleep, and the failing daylight in the fall, I’ve got almost no time to sew when there’s good light for photos. Most of my sewing is done in the shadow of night, and executed in my cramped little sewing spot in the kitchen/dining room. Plus my sewing style is kind of “try it and fidget with it till it works”. Lol. So here I give you my sketchy little tutorial!
Oh, and sorry about my handwriting…..heh
You will need to work with a coat pattern with a hood of course. I think you could also do this with an already made coat or sweatshirt too, but the teeth will have to go in differently.
You will need just scraps of your main fabric, plus some contrast fabric for the inner ear, eyes, claws, and teeth, and interfacing for the eyes, inner ears and claws.
As an overview, you will be adding
Drafting and cutting
I just quickly drew up pattern pieces for my coat, looking at my 5&10 pattern for reference. Since all patterns and sizes will be a bit different, I’m leaving the creative job up to you to draft your pieces. Exciting, right?
Just grab your coat pattern and stick another piece of paper over it. Sketch what you want your pieces to look like, and cut them out to create your custom wolf detail pattern pieces. Don’t forget to add seam allowance!
A note on interfacing! One way to deal with interfacing is to just add interfacing to the whole piece of fabric you’ll be cutting from, then your fabric will be pre-backed and you won’t have to fiddle with accurately cutting out extra interfacing pieces. This is a bit easier in some ways, but also wastes some interfacing in the process. You can also just cut out some interfacing with your self drafted pieces, and attach them after that. It’s up to you.
To make the teeth
Use the hood pattern piece, and trace the shape of the opening onto another piece of paper. This will give you an accurate curve to work with if your hood has a definite curve, and you can see how far down the sides the teeth will go. You can bring them all the way around the hood if you want. I almost did, but then changed my mind.
Using your traced line, add the shape of teeth along it and add seam allowance along the back (mine was 3/8″ because that’s what the pattern I was using called for)
When you cut your fabric, you will do it with the top little edge of the teeth pattern piece ON THE FOLD
Cut 2 teeth from contrast fabric, and one from interfacing. Or just interface the fabric and cut two sets of teeth from it.
Sewing the ears
Using two of your main ear pieces and two of your interfaced contrast inner ear pieces, sew the inner piece on. I chose to add some scribbly lines to mine by just sewing random lines with black thread. I like how it made it look drawn on. You can be creative with this part! Paint them with detail, use an interesting print (a floral would be pretty awesome IMO)
Using the two appliqued pieces you just made and the remaining two main ear pieces, sew them RIGHT SIDES together along the outer edges. Leave the bottom unsewn.
Trim your seam allowances, and clip the corner at the top close to the threads but not through them! Turn your ears right sides out and press well.
Sewing The Ear and Eye On
Before you sew the two sides of your hood together, you will add the eyes and ears. It’s easier to sew when the hood is still flat.
Position the eye onto one hood side, pin it on. Stick pins through the corners and place the other hood half over them. Where the pins come through is where you’ll put the opposite eye.
Applique the eyes on with a zig zag stitch.
Add the pupil and eyelid to it either by sewing lines on with your machine, embroidery, or fabric paint. I sewed lots of lines on with my machine to give it the scribbly look.
For the ear, baste the bottom corners inward to give the ear a curved look.
Mark where you would like them to sit on the hood and sew the ear on with RIGHT SIDES facing the hood. Then press it back and stitch it again to cover the raw edge.
Sewing the Teeth
Place your interfaced teeth RIGHT SIDES together and sew along the toothy side and down the short little seam allowance sides. Leave the bottom open
Trip tips of the teeth and clip corners between them. Turn out and press really well.
Now it’s time to sew your hood halves together. Make sure to tuck your wolf ears out of the way.
Center and pin the teeth piece over the top of the hood, with raw edge facing out and even with the hood edge. Baste it on.
Sew the hood lining to the hood shell with teeth sandwiched along the front edge. Turn your hood shell inside out and place it over the hood lining so the RIGHT SIDES are facing.
Sew along hood opening only
Turn right sides out and press well. Now you should have a toothy hood, and you’re almost done!
Sew the Claws
Using your interfaced claw pieces, position them at the center line of the sleeve piece. Be sure to put it above the cuff seam allowance. Check your pattern to see what that is. You don’t want your claws being swallowed into the cuff, because they won’t look pointy anymore, and that would be sad.
Applique them on with a zig zag stitch. You could add details here too, but I was too lazy and done with sewing at this point to do anything fancy with mine. Lol.
Now you just sew your jacket the rest of the way as the pattern calls for, then send your kid outside to howl at the mooooooooooon.
Ok. so yea or nay on the illustrated instructions? Better or worse than murky midnight sewing photos?
Btw, I took too many pictures of my little guy in his wolf coat, and I didn’t want to take up too much space in this tutorial. I think I’ll throw them up on my own blog since I don’t have to feel bad about oversharing Hawthorne there, so stop by if you want to see more HERE!
See you next month, and Happy Halloween!