A few weeks ago my mom bought the Evil Monkeys some minky fleece blankets with Valentine's hearts on them, with the idea of making them Valentine's Jackets. Well. With the idea that I would make them Valentine’s Jackets. (I was not consulted.)
Now, I'll be the first to admit that minky blankets from the discount store are a bargain-and-a-half when it comes to buying fabric. Each one of these blankets provided 60"x60" of fabric for $8.00. You can't beat that kind of pricing. I can't get a solid-colored minky for less than about $10/yard at the fabric store. And the quality seems a little higher in these blankets. Or at least, they’re a lot softer. So it's worth it if you want to sew minky.
On the other hand, you then have to sew minky. I hate sewing minky.
Seriously. We will be picking fluff out of our hair for months.
Still, I ended up with a cute little cardigan/coat for The Big One.
I managed to bribe her into wearing it by putting cat buttons on it. She'll pretty much do anything for cats.
She's a freak.
The pattern is Ottobre 4-2011 #21. The only changes I made were to use the original hemming on the blanket instead of the hemline of the pattern (it’s slightly curved) and I added cuffs to the sleeves (because I really really really didn’t want to hem the minky). This whipped up really fast (like, it took me less than 3 hours to trace and cut and sew, so a normal person could probably do it in an hour). Of course, I didn’t put the pockets in.
I decided to use the same pattern for both Evil Monkeys, which actually worked out ok because they're both a 122 in height. Of course one of them is a 98 in width while the other is a 146. So there's that. But I just cut out the 122 as-is for The Big One (it's a little loose) and now I can just widen the pattern for TLo and I don't have to trace twice. I'm thinking this might be useful in the future. Or at least for as long as they stay close to the same height.
Blurry, but happy. And fuzzily warm. What more can you ask for?