I finally put together all the photos so I could do a post on the bed jacket I mentioned here.
The fabric for this jacket was actually a blanket I bought in Ikea for 7 €. It's such a lovely polka dot print and the fabric is extremely soft. There was enough fabric to make a double sided jacket. As a result it's now quite warm and soft on both sides. when I tried it on my cousin jokingly said I look like Hugh Hefner and the jacked was promptly dubbed The Hugh Hefner bed jacket. Truth be told it is a bit flamboyant but I love it and most importantly it serves its function: I wear it in bed when I read.
I went all out and did the piping on the collar, sleeves and pockets. I sewed a loop and strings to tie from the inside and a large snap button on the outside. I applied piping on the belt as well and made belt loops.
The belt loops can be done by machine. It's really easy. Start with a straight stitch with a very short stitch setting.
Make a nice long stitch rope.
Change the setting from straight to zig zag stitch.
Run the rope through the machine a couple of times to get the desired thickness. The rope has to be held taut to prevent it from slipping from under the needle. Alternately you could sew onto a tracing paper and simply discard the paper afterwards.
All that's left now is to cut it up and attach it to the jacket.