Fleece is a wonderful thing……just perfect for our winters……and our book give-away this month (entries MUST be in by Sat 31st to be eligible for the draw next week) is bang on topic. Thought I would share our French Educator, Celine’s, recent blog posts on sewing with fleece. If you read French, feel free to visit our Vie Janome blog, or work with my translation below. No, I didn’t do the translation …..I relied on Bing translation software, so bear with me….it is the best I can offer… And I did adlib a bit & add in some anecdotes.
Polar fleece can be used as lining in the manufacture of snowsuits; you get very warm outerwear and kids can stay to play in the snow and cold longer. The above pic shows the front & back of a fleece-lined snow suit. The set consists of three layers: the windproof Outer fabric; the insulating part & the fleece lining
Several practical pockets are applied, with or without flaps and everything is color coordinated. Elastic at the ankles, wrists and size keep heat inside the garment. The wind tab protects the zipper – a detail that should not be omitted because heat escapes quickly through this clasp.
Celine prefers the press-stud (snap). It is practical, easy to install and suitable for heavy fabrics. The picture above shows all of these techniques.
I know you are going to ask so here’s the answer: the pattern for the snowsuit is Celine’s own. She drafted her own pattern so it is not a commercial pattern you will find in stores. Sorry.
However, the parka and the anorak below are also styles that work well for snowy conditions and these may be found on JALIE patterns # 2008 & 2213. Check out www.jalie.com……..a Canadian business!
Should we add that JANOME sewing machines and JANOME sergers sew easily through all these layers? Oh yes, because of the way we manufacture our top quality machines: dye cast steel “insides” so that our machines are strong & durable & can definitely stand up to heavy duty sewing – You can most 100% sew confidently with a Janome machine!
Don’t forget the January book give-away contest……only a few days left to enter. See the link to the applicable blog post above. Good luck!
FLEECE!!!! I love sewing fleece. I made my 6ft 4ins tall son a blue onesie for Christmas with an external zipper, embroidered on the outside edge with my new MC 9900. It or should I say he looks F.A.B. in it. I have to say he looks like a giant smerf. LOL. But he says he loves the warmth of the fleece.
I LOVE sewing fleece on my Janome machines.
I love the snow suit and the Jalie pattern. I recall not so fondly living in Ontario and needing snow suits and mittens for my kids. I made a lot of polar fleece and waterproof nylon outer mitts in those days. Thankfully living on the Westcoast means polar fleece jackets and hats only. I am out of practice with polar fleece so will be on the lookout for the book.